and Beth White, Ryan and Cody White, George and Faye Helton - 05/25/03
were lucky enough to see you in concert at Lon Morris College in Jacksonville,
Texas a year or so ago. My husband and I took my parents and our
two teenagers. It was wonderful to be able to go to a concert with
them that we all enjoyed! Thanks!
put on a wonderful show! It was the first concert that my parents had ever
attended. I enjoyed watching them watch you perform. That was priceless!
Thanks again for being such a showman. We really enjoyed watching
you and your group perform!
Wasserman, Miami, FL, Nov. 6, 1971:
"I've seen them all - Tony Williams, Sonny Turner and the rest. I've heard
the recordings of "Only You," etc., a thousand times. But last night I
heard Monroe Powell on lead for the first time and those PLATTERS' hits
seemed brand new, Monroe is double dynamite! In addition, the group sounds
terrific. I must hand it to you, Buck Ram, for organizaing five people
who are not only talented but extremely personable. I was thrilled, Monroe
is unbelievable! And by the way, "Be My Love" is the finest record THE
PLATTERS have EVER recorded!"
The Weekly Talent Buying Guide, Dec. 25, 1972:
"...But, the mantle of vocal royalty must in the end lie with Monroe Powell.
In a tenor manner uncommon for its sheer strength and range, the New York
City artist leads the quint through some of the 50s greatest works.
A romantic "Twilight Time" mingles with the soft stage lights; an overpowerring
"Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" chills the heart; a high-pitched "Only You" deepens
the amazement of the audience at such an incredible voice; a dance floor
stroll during "The Great Pretender" sets the record for the evening's spellbinder,
Monroe's delivery of the four-million seller, "My Prayer." Tie that into
thunderous, standing applause and you have just a sampling of THE PLATTERS
repertoire... With THE PLATTERS, what you hear is more than you ever expect
Willard, Variety, Mar. 8, 1987:
Under Buck Ram's eagle eye and diligent guidance for over 30 years, THE
PLATTERS have remained one of pop music's staples. Other groups using the
same name have been around, but this is the boss quintet performing to
overflow crowds each show, six nights a week in the Four Queens French
Changes in personnel have taken place through the years, but the high tenor
of Monroe Powell has sparked THE PLATTERS since 1970. His mannered style
of the fave Ram tunes, "Only You," "The Great Pretender," and "Twilight
Time," thrilling pulsating glissandos, has been the central focus of each
and every set.
Dwelling on past glories of disc hitdom is an important structural part
of THE PLATTERS' vocalog, but the group also shows itself via soloistic
capacities in other musical realms and periods..."