Death of Herb Reed

August 7, 1931 - June 4, 2012
Boston, Massachusetts | Age 83

Platters founder dies at 83
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The Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Herb Reed, the last surviving original member of 1950s vocal group the Platters who sang on hits like "Only You" and "The Great Pretender," has died. He was 83.

Reed died on Monday in a Boston area hospice after a period of declining health that included chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, manager Fred Balboni said.

Reed was a Kansas City, Mo., native who founded the Platters in Los Angeles in 1953. Then a quartet, the group won amateur...

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