The Platters were a very successful doo wop group, formed in 1953. They first signed with Federal Records, but moved after meeting manager, producer and songwriter Buck Ram. They signed with Mercury Records and, under Ram's leadership, became one of the most popular black singing groups of the time. "The Magic Touch" was their first top-ten hit, followed by "The Great Pretender". "Only You", "My Prayer", and "Harbor Lights" also became popular; all were known at the time as excellent "make-out songs". The Platters are still known as one of the most romantic doo wop groups, in spite of having broken up in 1961.