Esther Interviews Sonny Turner from The Platters and Lamont McLemore From The 5th Dimension


Selfie with two wonderful legends, Sonny Turner from  The Platters on my Left and Lamont McLemore on my right

I had the greatest privilege interviewing Sonny Turner from The Platters and Lamont McLemore from The 5th Dimension in Las Vegas in June 2018.

It has been my utmost privilege to have interviewed so many old skool artists, legends who share a history and experiences that can empower us and give us an insight into the realities of the music industry.  These legends share stories that make you gasp, giggle and sit upright because of some of the challenges and racial biases they have faced.  Yet through it all, their passion and love of their artform, to share this with humanity, to perform, to entertain is what has kept them going forty, fifty sometimes sixty years later.  Still performing magic into peoples lives.

Here I share Part I of a wonderful conversation with Sonny Turner and Lamont McLemore from The 5th Dimension.

Brief Background

Sonny brought The Platters back to the pop charts in the 1960’s with such hits as “I Love You 1000 Times”, “With This Ring” and “Washed Ashore”; as well as re-recording major Platters hits like “Only You”, “The Great Pretender” and “The Magic Touch.” You can hear Sonny’s voice in various movies such as “The Nutty Professor II” starring Eddie Murphy, “Hearts in Atlantis” starring Anthony Hopkins, and “Prince of the City” starring Robert DeNiro.

There is only one surviving member of The Platters still alive today that can be heard on the hundreds of recordings and hit records that made The Platters one of the most successful vocal groups of all time, and that is Sonny Turner. Sonny remained with The Platters from late 1959 until 1970 when he left to pursue a solo career.

In 2005, Mr. Turner received The Lifetime Excellence in Entertainment presented to him by consumer’s entertainment exchange and Doo Wop Hall of Fame.

Taken from