Platters/Coasters singers team for show at SFSC
AVON PARK - Myles Savage lead singer from The Platters will present his Last Original Stars for an evening of classic hits Saturday from The Coasters, The Drifters, The Temptations and The Platters. The show will be at 7 p.m., Saturday in the South Florida State College Theatre for the Performing Arts. Savage was a member of the Platters in the 1970s and performed along side the group’s most famous lead singer, Tony Williams, who recorded many memorable classics including “Only You,” “The Great Pretender” and “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.” In a phone interview with Highlands Today, Savage explained how he met Williams.Savage was touring with the Broadway Musical “Bubbling Brown Sugar.” “In 1976 we were on tour all across America and Cab Calloway was in the show,” Savage said. “We landed out in Hollywood at the Pantages Theatre and Tony came to one of our matinee shows.” After the show Williams introduced himself to Savage, who as part of the show had just impersonated Billy Eckstein and Johnny Mathis. Williams asked Savage to impersonate him on the spot. “I though about it for a second and then came up with “Only You,” Savage said singing the opening lyrics of The Platters’ hit. “He was so astounded he hired me right on the spot,” Savage said. After Williams died, Savage took over the lead singing spot with The Platters and performed at the Sahara Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for about 12 years. Savage said he formed the Last Original Stars with lead singers from The Coasters, The Drifters, The Temptations and The Platters. “The people are going to get a great show,” he said. “The baby-boomers want to hear their music and this is really their last chance,” to hear performers who worked with members of the original groups. “We rock the house; we make the show a real party,” Savage said. People get up and dance like it is prom night and doing “The Twist,” and “The Shake and the Rattle and Roll.” Tickets are $20, $15 and $9. For tickets call WJCM-AM at 1-863-862-9999 or the free ticket hotline at 1-877-398-3756 and ask for the Buy One Get One Free Ticket before they sellout. The SFSC Theatre for the Performing Arts has been rented for this event, which is not part of the SFSC Performing Arts season lineup. The SFSC box office does not handle ticket sales for this event.