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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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Heavy blues is the love of my life
real music carmine rockaway beach new york.
cla_47
The total feelings of heart food. man what an era. Alexander
Great Music Years Ago!!!!
drh6187
Amen for those days! And I still sing along & remember the words!
I can not wait until I get to see them live on Nov 1st 2014 at the Kirby Center.
penguinmon12
I always think of dirty dancing :)
realmccoy628
These were the greatest of times to be a teenager .
Great
You can thank us late 60's boomer Counter Culture types for that! it was gettin Started in about 67'. Besides being there,I was in a Rock band at that time.
This are good oldie songs!! Wish todays songs where more like this!
marvins39
#1 oldie
I wish i was born at that time:( seriously in love with oldies!!! Can't anyone bulid a time machine? lol
The Five Satins all that and more RASHON IBN ALMUHYI NEWARK, N.J
House parties, slow dancing, holding that girl close, Oh what a good time to be alive!!!!!!! !
Love it !!!
MercyMercyMe r c y M e r c y M E R C Y ! ! ! ! !
:-D :-D =-O =-O :'(
I don't miss the 50s, but I DO miss this MUSIC!!!!!!! ! ! :'(=-O :-D
This is one of my most favorite songs.
I'm so fortunate to have lived in this era of music long live oldies!
I love this song reminding me of my teen years.
One of the best Doo Wop songs from the fifties.
Solid gold to make you feel old
lofriamumsie
Music with feeling & love
Good memories
Now this is music
SIGH........ . . . . . . . . . . . . . : - ) :'(:-D
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 !!!
I
K
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
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