Sonny Turner, Former Lead Singer of The Platters, Performs at Suncoast Showroom Aug. 12

Sonny Turner rose to fame in 1959 after being

chosen out of 100 prospects to replace The Platters' original lead singer, Tony Williams. As the new lead vocalist of The Platters, Turner began touring the world with the group at age 19, performing top hits “I Love You 1000 Times,” “With This Ring” and “Washed Ashore.” Turner also re-recorded The Platters’ most celebrated hits “Only You,” “The Great Pretender” and “The Magic Touch.” The Platters went on to become one of the most successful vocal groups in music history.

In 1970, the legendary vocalist left The Platters to begin his solo career. Turner’s vocals were featured on the soundtracks of movies The Nutty Professor II starring Eddie Murphy, Hearts in Atlantis starring Anthony Hopkins and Prince of the City starring Robert DeNiro.

In 2005, Consumer’s Entertainment Exchange and the Doo Wop Hall of Fame presented Turner with The Lifetime Excellence in Entertainment Award. Turner was also inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame and the Beach Music Hall of Fame for his musical contributions to The Platters.

Located at the corner of Alta Drive and South Rampart Boulevard, Suncoast Hotel and Casino also features ten restaurants, a 16-screen movie theater, a 600-seat bingo room, a 500-seat state-of-the-art showroom and an 80,000-square-foot casino.

Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15 plus taxes and fees, and can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000; online at www.suncoastcasino.com; or in-person at the Suncoast, The Orleans, Gold Coast and Sam’s Town. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the show (depending upon availability) at the venue box office.

Other acts in the Suncoast Showroom this summer include the Suncoast Variety Show on July 5, 2 p.m. (free admission); Lena Prima: Old Vegas and New Orleans on July 8, 8:30 p.m. (tickets from $15); Vegas Super Band on July 22, 7:30 p.m., (tickets $10); and Sonmore on Aug. 26-27(tickets from $35).