Larry Platt

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"General" Larry Platt
Born (1947-08-27) August 27, 1947 (age 71)
Nationality American
Occupation "Civil rights activist"
Known for Performance of viral video Pants on the Ground
Home town Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Website (website expired 1/16/2011)

"General" Larry Platt (born August 27, 1947) is an American civil and political rights activist and rapper who gained fame with his performance of "Pants on the Ground" on the ninth season of American Idol. His hit release song "Pants on the Ground" was released on iTunes and received over 150,000 hits. As of March 2016, the video has received over 10 million views on YouTube.[1]


Platt earned his nickname during the American Civil Rights Movement in which he was an active participant. Rev. Hosea Williams coined the nickname on behalf of his heroic efforts in support of the movement.[2]

American Idol[edit]

During auditions for the ninth season of American Idol in Atlanta, Platt appeared and performed his own original song, "Pants on the Ground". Platt, who at the time was 62, was ineligible to continue due to being over the show's age limit of 28. However, his audition has since become a viral hit, with almost 10 million views on YouTube. He was invited to perform the song during the season finale.

On the series finale in 2016, Platt again returned to perform a few lines of "Pants on the Ground" as part of the show's pop medley.



Year Single Peak Sales
2010 "Pants on the Ground" 46 63
  • Sales: 150,000[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wiecek, Paul (June 10, 2010). "Pants on the ground for charity". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved July 7, 2010. 
  2. ^ Mansfield, Brian (Jan 13, 2010). "General Larry Platt: A closer look". USA Today. Retrieved December 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ "'American Idol' performers boost track sales for Michael Jackson, Colbie Caillat, others". USA Today. February 24, 2010. Retrieved July 7, 2010.