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A LACK OF HARMONY

For decades, several versions of the Platters -- most with at least one member of the original group -- have been touring the country singing hits such as "Only You" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes."

But a judge ruled Monday that Herb Reed, who founded the Platters in 1953, has the exclusive right to use the name of the singing group.

The ruling went against Martha Robi, the widow of former member Paul Robi, who died in 1989.

Reed formed the group in 1953, and Robi joined a year later. The quintet faded by the early 1960s and split. A resurgence of interest in the late 1960s led to the formation of separate touring groups known as the Platters.

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