IWAKUNI MARINE CORPS AIR STATION, Japan — The Platters brings its soul music to Club Iwakuni Ballroom at 7 p.m. Sunday.

The Just As Nice Band opens the show; tickets and hors d’oeuvres cost $10.

The Platters made their first recording shortly after forming in 1953, when the group included four men and one woman.

“The Platters were on the same level of popularity and respect as their contemporaries The Isley Brothers, The Temptations, The Drifters and The Supremes,” said fan Louie Pena, 23, of Iwakuni.

“In those early days of Motown and soul growing as a musical genre there were a lot of black groups that were very good. They made a mark on popular music that is still here to this day.”

In 1955, The Platters signed a recording contract with Mercury Records, putting the label on the international map.

The group recorded almost 400 songs, sold more than 89 million records, performed in more than 91 countries and received more than 230 awards.

They’ve also appeared in 37 movies including “Rock Around The Clock,” “The Girl Can’t Help It,” “Europe By Night,” “Girls Town,” “Carnival Rock” and 22 others in Mexico, Spain, France, Italy, Japan and Israel.

The Platters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

“Simply put, they are icons of the very, very best of the very best,” Pena said.

For more information, call DSN 253-3727.

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