- The group formed in 1952 and became a pioneer of the early rock and roll era.
- “My Prayer” was written in 1939 by violinist Georges Boulanger, with Carlos Gomez Barrera and Jimmy Carter as the lyricists.
- First recorded by Glenn Miller, “My Prayer” has been performed by many artists since.
- The recording by The Platters became the biggest hit version of the song, hitting number on the Billboard Top 100 in the summer of 1956.
- “My Prayer” also climbed the #1 spot in the R&B Airplay and R&B JukeBox charts of 1956.
- In the same year, The Platters were featured in the first major film based around rock and roll as a genre, Rock Around the Clock, where they performed “Only You” and “The Great Pretender.”
- The song was later used in films like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), October Sky (1999), and Mischief (1985).
- The Platters were the first vocal group from the rock and roll era to have a Top Ten album in the US.
- In 1990, The Platters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
- In 1998, the group was also inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame during the award’s debut year.
When the twilight is gone and no songbirds are singing
When the twilight is gone you come into my heart
And here in my heart you will stay while I pray
My prayer is to linger with you
At the end of the day in a dream that’s divine
My prayer is a rapture in blue
With the world far away and your lips close to mine
Tonight while our hearts are aglow
Oh tell me the words that I’m longing to know
My prayer and the answer you give
May they still be the same for as long as we live
That you’ll always be there at the end of my prayer