Music Friday: The Legendary Platters Sing ‘With This Ring’

Welcome to Music Friday, when we bring you great tunes with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today we feature the Platters singing “With This Ring.” The song, which reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1967, features the silky voice of Sonny Turner on lead vocals.

Established in 1955, the Platters were one of the most successful vocal groups of the early rock and roll era with 40 of their songs charting on the Billboard Hot 100 and four reaching the coveting #1 spot. Turner had replaced Tony Williams on lead vocals in 1959 and remained with the group through 1970.

The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and, currently, there are at least 12 Platter acts performing in the U.S., including The Buck Ram Platters, Herb Reed and His Platters, Monroe Powell and The Platters, and Sonny Turner’s Platters.

The video below features Sonny Turner’s Platters performing “With This Ring” at a Tokyo concert in August of 2011. The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along.

“With This Ring”

Words and music by Luther Dixon, Richard Wylie and Anthony Hester. Performed by the Platters.

With this ring I promise I’ll always love you, always love you
With this ring I promise I’ll always love you, always love you

They used to call me the wanderer
Who never wanted to settle down… Yeah
But I’ll tell you, baby
I wander no more, got to stay around ’cause

With this ring I promise I’ll always love you, always love you
With this ring I promise I’ll always love you, always love you

Got nothing but this old heart of mine
Baby, please, believe in me
Girl, you know, sweet heart,
I’ll always try to keep you satisfied, ’cause

With this ring I promise I’ll always love you, always love you
With this ring I promise I’ll always love you, always love you

With this ring I promise I’ll always love you, always love you
With this ring I promise I’ll always love you, always love you

Baby, I never thought so much love
Could fit in a little band of gold
But I’m telling you, darling
I feel it in my heart, got it in my soul

With this ring I promise I’ll always love you, always love you
With this ring I promise I’ll always love you, always love you

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