500 Greatest Songs of All Time
The Platters, 'The Great Pretender'
Writer: Buck Ram
Released: Dec. '55, Mercury
24 weeks; No. 1
Heirs to the crooning style of the Ink Spots and the Mills Brothers, the Platters became the first R&B vocal group to top the pop charts, heralding the arrival of doo-wop. Ram, who also co-wrote "Only You" and "Twilight Time," was pushing 50 when "Pretender" hit.
Appears on: The Magic Touch: An Anthology (Mercury)