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September 23, 2011

Stars from Temptations, Platters, Coasters, Drifters in TH

TERRE HAUTE — For Myles Savage, lead singer of The Platters, it’s hitting those first three notes of that golden oldie “Only You” that reminds him of why he loves to perform.

“As I hit those first three notes, people just go crazy. I love being able to look out in the audience and see their faces, and see the tears in the eyes of the ladies. It grabs you from way back to a time when you first discovered love. It’s always a special time when you can touch on a memory from those tender years,” Savage said.

The stars from The Temptations, The Platters, The Coasters and The Drifters bring their Encore Tour Series to Tilson Auditorium at Indiana State University at 7 p.m. Oct. 1

The performance will raise funds for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 972.

“I must say it has been a wonderful career,” Savage said. “Along the way, I have had the pleasure to perform with not only great friends in the industry like Chuck Berry, Chubby Checker, The Penguins and other great doo wop acts, but also old friends like Cab Calloway in the Broadway show ‘Bubbling Brown Sugar’ and many, many more. I had a barrel of fun as the Tin Man in ‘The Wiz.’

Once I got a call to go on a tour all over Europe with George Gershwin’s ‘Porgy and Bess’ and play Robins. The breaks between The Platters were nice, but my heart will always be interwoven with songs like ‘Twilight Time,’ ‘My Prayer,’ ‘The Great Pretender,’ ‘Harbor Lights’ and ‘Only You.’”

For the Tilson Auditorium concert, Savage will be joined by Wendell Noble, lead singer of The Temptations Salute, Sam White, lead singer from The Cornell Gunther’s Coasters and Ramon Noble, lead singer from The Beary Hobb’s Drifters.

Each of the performers will perform his group’s classic songs while backed by members of the other groups.

“We’ve all taken time to learn each others’ routines and adapt to each others’ styles,” Savage said. “The difference between The Platters and The Drifters is that The Drifters are very flamboyant with the style of their dance steps. With ours, everything is very cool and elegant. But it’s fun to get kind of wild.”

Being able to perform the other groups’ hits, such as “Charlie Brown,” “Under the Boardwalk” and “My Girl” is something he really enjoys. Savage says that while their shows tend to draw a primarily older crowd, the younger audiences will find something to appreciate as well.

“Young people love the music too”, he said. “We have the old style routines and choreography … none of the hip hop stuff. It’s the old Las Vegas flair. Younger people call it ‘old school,’ but they can see that their parents and grandparents are hip and cool people.”

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