His sister, R&B singer Linda Hayes, was instrumental in Williams becoming a member of the Platters, who were discovered and managed by Buck Ram. On the Mercuryrecord label45rpm release of the Platters' song, "My Prayer," Williams was listed as Tony Wilson. He was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Platters in 1990. Tony performed with his own version of the Platters featuring his wife Helen Williams. This group was known as The International Platters. Musical Director William Gulino worked with Tony Williams and the Platters off and on from 1978-1992.