Singer Angie Ward: Columbus native to perform in Pell City and at Troy University

January 26, 2012 

Angie Ward, originally from Columbus, now travels the world as China Doll of the Platters.

Well, she’s with one of the groups working under that name. She said that she’s not with the group working in Las Vegas.

The last time she was in town was in 2010 when she did a Lena Horne tribute show at the Liberty Theatre. She had actually toured with Horne for two years before going to work with Wayne Newton in Las Vegas.

Angie had nothing but great things to say about working with those entertainment giants.

The Platters have been booked for shows Saturday in Pell City, Ala., and in the Davis Theatre on the Troy University campus in Montgomery on Feb. 10.

The show in Pell City sold out. There was an answer at the Davis Theatre, but I was given another number, and there wasn’t an answer there. I found out that the concert is at 8 p.m. EST. I don’t know how much tickets are, but Angie thought it was $30. Call 334-272-4670 and ask for the recreation department.

“I can’t wait to get on that side of the world,” Angie said.

Angie also told me that she’s told her cousins to make sure they bring her barbecue from Wynnton Pitt BBQ because she can’t find good barbecue in New York City.

“A lot of my classmates have told me that they’re trying to come,” she said. On Facebook, she and her classmates are organizing their 40th high school reunion in June. That’s right. The class of 1972.

In high school, she said, “I was one of the singers. I was in the blended ensemble, advanced girls ensemble, mixed choir. My teacher, Jim Lockwood, had me singing every day in class. He would have me sing before the class started. I would do country-western ... whatever they asked.”

She said his widow came to see the Horne show at the Liberty.

“When you go home and be able to perform in front of friends and family ... the mere fact that you can see their faces ... this is where you got your original start.”

We know the name Mildred Terry from the library that bears her name. Angie actually knew her. Terry would have her sing at the library every Saturday morning, she remembered.

“She was the nicest person,” Angie said. “But she didn’t play. You had to be quiet in the library. That’s where we learned to use our inside voices and our outside voices.”

She loves working “with the guys,” the Platters. Because she’s the only woman, she gets to sing whatever she wants. However, the audience loves the old songs, so that’s what they sing.

Anyway, she wants to see some Columbus faces in the audience in either Pell City or Montgomery.

“Class of ‘72 from Kendrick, come on down,” she said.

Sandra Okamoto, sokamoto@ledger-enquirer.com or 706-571-8580.

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