|Although the faces have
changed over the years, the sound remains the same...
Who can forget the first
time they heard "Only You," "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes," "Twilight Time,"
or "The Great Pretender?" The Platters dominated the music charts from
1955-1960 with four number one hits and sixteen gold records...
What set this group apart
from other groups from the 1950s was their SILKEN HARMONIES, IMPECCABLE
DICTION and their ELEGANT STYLE.
Because of their enormous
impact on the music industry over the years, The Platters were inducted
into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. A most prestigious honor
for these rock & roll legends!
What keeps The Jones &
Mathews Tribute to The Platters in demand is partly due to lead singer
Ritchie Jones. A fifteen year veteran, Jones was personally hired and trained
by The Platters original manager and producer Buck Ram.
"Buck Ram taught me the tradition
of The Platters, the attitude, the elegance, how to deliver songs in the
traditional Platter way."
Second tenor Darrell Mathews
also adds to the authentic Platter sound serving as the group music director
as well as second tenor.
"I was trained by the late
Buck Ram as music director of our show. We try to stick to the way things
were done originally. We still use the original charts and arrangements.
Our vocal arrangements are also as close to the original as possible. The
fans certainly agree as concerts continue to draw standing room only crowds
all over the world."
From the Buck Ram-produced
album, "This Time Around," Ritchie Jones wrote and sang lead on "Think
Twice" which was a hit on the album. Think Twice quickly became a hit in
Europe. The liner notes for this particular Platters album were written
by the legendary Dick Clark, and he mentions both Jones and Mathews as
exciting new songwriters and members of The Platters!
In the 1980s and 1990s, with
both Mathews and Jones as members of The Platters, they continued to produce
hit selling albums, television commercials, (i.e. Red Lobster Restaurants)
and movie / documentary programs through the globe. Their impact on modern
music has stood the test of time in every way imaginable.
After leaving the Buck Ram-led
Platters, Jones became a lead singer with the California based Robi Platters
group, where they continued to travel the world performing to sold-out
concert halls. While in Montreal, Canada this particular group was the
focus of a major documentary on The Platters. Continuing their globetrotting
tradition, this group also recorded and released albums in various countries
world-wide, in English as well as foreign tongues.
Today's lineup of The Jones
& Mathews Tribute To The Platters consists of Ritchie Jones on load
vocals, Darrell Mathews as second tenor, Mario Kinsey as bass singer, and
Diane Mathis - female vocalist.