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The Five Satins

The Five Satins are best known for the doo wop classic "In the Still of the Night," a song that was popular enough to make the group one of the most famous doo wop outfits, although they never had another hit of the same magnitude.

The origins of the Five Satins lie in the Scarlets, a New Haven, CT, doo wop group led by Fred Parris. The Scarlets formed in 1953, while Parris was still in high school. The group had a local hit with "Dear One" the following year. In 1954, Parris formed the Five Satins with vocalists Al Denby, Ed Martin, and Jim Freeman. Within the next year, Parris had the group record "In the Still of the Night," a song he had recently written in the basement of a local church. The first single the group released was "In the Still of the Night." The single was released on Standard Records in the spring of 1956. By the end of the year, it had been leased to Ember and became a huge hit, peaking at number three on the R&B charts and number 25 on the pop charts.

By the time "In the Still of the Night" scaled the charts, Parris had been drafted into the army. He was stationed in Japan when the song became a hit, and he was still stationed in Japan when the group recorded the follow-up single, "To the Aisle." For that single, Bill Baker handled the lead vocals. "To the Aisle" became a Top Ten R&B hit in the summer of 1957. Parris returned from the army in 1958. Upon his return, he reorganized the group, adding Richie Freeman, Sylvester Hopkins, West Forbes, and Lou Peeples. This incarnation of the group had a minor hit in the fall of 1959 with "Shadows."

In 1960, "In Still of the Night" re-entered the pop charts thanks to its exposure on Art Laboe's first Oldies but Goodies compilation. The repeated success of the single sparked another minor hit for the band in 1960, a cover of the standard "I'll Be Seeing You." During the remainder of the '60s and early '70s, Parris led various incarnations of the Five Satins through oldies revues in America and Europe; they also recorded occasionally during this time.

In 1974, the group signed a contract with Kirsner Records and released a single, "Two Different Worlds." Two years later, they briefly changed their name to Black Satin and released a single called "Everybody Stand Up and Clap Your Hands (For the Entertainer)," which became a Top 50 R&B hit.

Shortly afterward, the group reverted to the Five Satins name. In 1982, the Five Satins had their last hit with a doo wop medley entitled "Memories of Days Gone By." The single, which was released on Elektra Records, peaked at number 71 on the pop charts. Since the '80s, Fred Parris has led various lineups of the Five Satins and the group performs regularly at oldies shows in America and Europe. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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RAMI.WRIGHT who the %$#&@ is little wayne , you mean Little Richard don't you? This other guy must be a bum, I never heard of him !!!
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Jim j. Love these songs bioyn paramount Alan fried shows
"SHADOWS"!!! "IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT"!!! & 1 of the best songs EVER, "THE TIME"!!! I never heard that 1 til 2012, but its now in my top 5 list, out of 50,000,000,0 0 0 songs that I have loved!!! :-)
jtly66
One of the best
Oldies live on for ever!
#1 favorite song of all------DOO - W O P PERFECTION!! ! ! LUVLUVLUVLUV L U V IT 4EVR!!!!!
Hate big time rush
awesome
There will never be any songs that are real and the era they were sung were the best years of my life.
1.kiss your left hand
2.say your crushes name
3.say a school day
4.close your hand
5.say your name
6.open your hand and look at it
7.post this on at least 15 different songs and your crush will ask you out on the day you say
(belive)
@msiah4 I feel the same way!!!!!
Im 14 and im in love with oldies <3 (':

I really wish i wasnt born in this generation :(
I'm in Connecticut for the summer and I heard The Five Satins were performing a free concert outdoors in Hamden (Freddy's current home) so I go and discover, because of the hot, humid weather, the event's been moved indoors to Hamden High School. Makes sense!
Since I remember the guys from when we we kids, I see a couple of familiar faces and a startling and beneficial addition: a woman vocalist.
All went well until Freddy stumbled while singing, 'collapsed' and was taken to hospital.
The good
Those were the days
How sad, my generation would rather f**k to lil Wayne, then make love listening to this. Where doomed.
the greatest doo-wop hit of all time
Love this song....ther e are a lot of good versions out there, but none come close to this! Great ;)
wanda.inidy
an all time favorite song to all the boys I've love before.
Love this song.
"In the still of the night" the classic doo wop lovesong of the 50's it conjers up images of dancing with your best girl in the high school gym at a Friday night dance. THOSE WERE THE GOOD OLD DAYS. BT

cme155
In the still of the night played the first night my husband and I met. always will be our special song. I love you and miss you
the biggest doo wop song of all time
This is best
This was a great song wonderful memories ;)
#1 submarine race watching record ever.
Well Pandora FINALLY The Jones Girl by The 5 Satins the flip side of I'll Remember (In The Still Of The Night) well done Pandora! GOOD JOB.
Remember the station wagon they parked at the house (
Why hasn't this song gotten annoying to me yet?? I've seriously heard a trillion times. Definitely my favorite oldies song
Love this song.
Hermosaaaa
would you trade one song like Still of the Night, and be remembered forever, or a string of mediocrity? Listen and I think you'll know
I have this album in my collection. It is awesome.
Dirty dancing :)
www.palmtree 7
good song, but overplayed
Don't read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters this is scary because it actually works!
This kind of music is so great and im just 13
Remembering the acappella practice sessions on Congress & Baldwin.
dlc
Aaa real music. When men were men and had some class not swag. When they had manners and understood how to treat a lady. When it wasn't always about a**. Love this song.
i'm feeln this big time
Dont read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary beacause it actually works!
minnym127
love in the still of night, but the reason they never had another hit like this one is because they didn't have George M ( Pork Chop) singing with them,to bad. lol...
In the still of the night is a great song by a great group, 5 Satins, BUT the Penquins are BEST R&B GROUP....... . .
Great version of an old 40's song, go 5 Satins!
Thank you Pandora for the Biography for these older acts. Much appreciated.
I friken luv this fudgen song
hdinkenor
Remember this from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack.
LIVED @E105 ST BETWEEN 1st n2nd AVE, WE HUNG OUT @ CHOO CHOOS TO LISTEN TO THE JUKEBOX AND DRINK ECLAIRE.JUKE B O X WAS 5cents A SONG N 6 FOR A QUARTER. Am 69 AND STILL REMEMBER THOSE GREAT TIMES OF MY YOUTH
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