As a young boy, his caretakers physically and emotionally abused Herb Reed. He eventually left his home in Kansas City, Missouri, at the age of 15 making his way to Los Angeles, California, eventually forming The Platters. The iconic African American vocal group crashed through the divides of racial and gender inequality that existed in the music business during the civil rights era. By 1960, The Platters were international superstars giving definition to the early sounds of Rock and Roll. The founding members were Reed, Tony Williams, Zola Taylor, Paul Robi and David Lynch. The Platters, members of the Rock and Roll, Vocal Group and Grammy Halls of Fame, currently tour the world, continue to make music and carry on the legacy of their founder and naming member.

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