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Eddie Platt

Eddie Platt, of Stow, Ohio, previously of Cleveland, passed away October 3, 2010.

He was born on December 8, 1921, son of the late Charlotte and Dan Platakis.

He was preceded in death by his only sibling, Margaret Bell; and his first wife, ``Bobbi'.

Eddie leaves behind his loving wife, Andrea Edwards Platt; stepson, Bill (Deidre) Kondik and their adoring girls, Elizabeth and Addison. He also leaves his brother-in-law, Tom (Gwen) Edwards and nieces and nephews.

Eddie started his musical career in high school playing saxaphone and clarinet in clubs. Ed joined the Army and Airforce and served in World War II. When World War II ended, he joined the Johnny Pecon Band, a gig he truly enjoyed. From 1948 to 1952 he started his own band, Eddie Platt and the Contrasts in 1952. From 1957 to 1967 he played the Manger Hotel in Cleveland at Hal York's 21-28 dances every Friday night, where local D.J. Bill Randle promoted the shows. Ed recorded for Epic records and got his biggest hit "Tequila", a cover record of the ``Champs', that soared to #20 on the popcharts. Another cover ``Cha-Hua-Hua' followed and climbed to #34 on the charts and was later featured in the film ``The Iron Giant'.

Television appearances included The Dick Clark Show ``Bandstand' in 1958.

Bill Randle promoted shows at St. Michaels in Cleveland and Eddie played there on a regular basis. His band backed the major acts, including Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin, The Everly Brothers and The Brothers Four on the big rock and roll shows that came through town. Eddie is in the Polka Hall of Fame and was honored at the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame for musicians who transitioned from Polkas to Rock. He performed ``Waddeling Duck' Polka which he wrote, and his hit S``Tequila' at the Rock Hall ceremony.

Eddie also enjoyed tennis, golf and ballroom dancing. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him!

Cremation has taken place and a Catholic Mass and memorial to celebrate his life will take place at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Kent, Ohio on Saturday, October 16th at 11 a.m. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Summa, 444 North Main Street, P.O. Box 2090, Akron, Ohio 44398.


Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Oct. 10, 2010
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