1955

THE GREAT PRETENDER * THE PLATTERS * MERCURY * G

Released the same month, the follow up record to Only You on the Mercury label was The Great Pretender. According to Jay Warner, this song came about by Buck Ram, the groups manager and musical arranger, announcing to Mercury executives that the groups next record is even better than Only You, and when pressed for its title made one up: The Great Pretender, (a sort of truthful tautology) he then went off and wrote it! The record - when it was finally written and recorded became the groups second number 1 R&B and their first No. 1 Pop, it was released on Mercury 70753 backed with I'm Just A Dancing Partner. The Great Pretender was issued in Britain backed with Only You (and presumably in Germany if the above is a first release)  in 1956 the record entered the British charts in September 1956 and stayed for twelve weeks reaching the number five spot, despite constantly being in the charts they never reached number one until 1959 with Smoke Gets In Your Eyes. The record was only issued in the UK as a 78 RPM (although there was a export issue on 45) The British Mercury label, like Phillips were slow in releasing records on the 45 RPM format.


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