Known as â€œThe Golden Platter,â€� former Platters member Milton Bullock will take the stage in a concert to benefit the Unionville Lions Club.
The concert, â€œBack Down Memory Lane,â€� takes place Saturday, Aug. 25, at 6:30 p.m. at Bentonâ€™s Crossroads Baptist Churchâ€™s family life center, located at 109 E. Lawyers Road in Monroe.
â€œBack Down Memory Laneâ€� also features Mary â€œBubbling Brown Sugarâ€� Tate, one of the original Motown singers.
and Tate will take audience members back in time with music from the 1950s and 60s.
Bullockâ€™s first encounter with a Lions Club
occurred in 1999 when Hurricane Floyd devastated his
hometown of Princeville.
Members of an out-of-town Lions Club
were instrumental in helping his
friends and neighbors rise above the destruction the hurricane caused. â€œIt was the Lions Club that was the first to come and help my hometown get back on its feet,â€� Bullock said.
Since then, Bullock has established a Lions Club in Princeville and currently serves as the clubâ€™s president.
also travels to many different towns, performing to support their Lions Clubs.
Walker got to know Bullock
personally and learned more about his Lions Club
One thing led to another, and with the help of several local sponsors â€" including Union Power Cooperative and the Union County Community Arts Council â€" Walker booked Bullock
to perform for the Unionville Lions Club
was first discovered on a whim when he
was visiting his
uncle in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Then a teenager, Bullock
would often sing to himself as he
One day, a woman passing by stopped and told Bullock sheâ€™d been listening to him sing for three days and asked him if heâ€™d ever considered singing professionally.
The woman knew the publisher of the group The Platters in Manhattan and connected Bullock
with the group.
Bullock subsequently joined The Platters and performed as the groupâ€™s first tenor from 1965 to 1971.
During that time, the group released a number of worldwide hit singles, such as â€œOnly You,â€� â€œThe Great Pretender,â€� â€œSmoke Gets In Your Eyesâ€� and â€œSweet, Sweet Lovinâ€™.â€�
Following his departure from the group, Bullock
branched out into film work, playing roles in motion pictures like â€œHome Alone 2: Lost in New York,â€� â€œPrelude to a Kiss,â€� â€œStraight Talkâ€� with Dolly Parton and the underground boxing movie â€œGladiator.â€�
also began charity work and established the Do It For the Kids Foundation
, which promotes the welfare of Americaâ€™s youth.
Which is why Bullock
continues to travel, performing for Lions Clubs every chance he
gets. â€œThatâ€™s how I want to be remembered,â€� he
said. â€œI want to do something for kids here in America first, and then in the world.
Thatâ€™s what drives me more than anything else, so when God calls my name he
will say â€˜job well done.â€™â€�