Saturday, July 19, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-The Five Satins
Song:In The Still Of The Night
Album:The Doo Wop Box
Here is yet another classic from Rhino's 4CD Doo Wop Box. Fred Parris (born Mar. 26, 1936 in New Haven, CT) formed The Scarlets in 1953 while he was still attending high school in New Haven. They had a local hit with Dear One in 1954. Parris reorganized the group and launched The Five Satins with Al Denby, Ed Martin & Jim Freeman. Parris wrote In The Still Of The Night in a church basement and it was recorded & released on the B-side of The Jones Girl in 1955. But DJs liked In The Still Of The Night better and Standard Records released it in the spring of 1956. The song finally got national distribution through Ember Records and by the end of 1956 reached #3 on the R & B charts and #25 on the pop charts. It's one of the most memorable and durable doo wop songs. Parris was drafted into The Army and was replaced by Bill Baker. The Five Satins continued to record. To The Aisle was a top ten R & B hit in 1957. Parris returned in 1958 and reorganized The Five Satins. Over the years Parris & Baker have led competing versions of The Five Satins. This got very confusing in the 80s. Bill Baker died in 1994 and Fred Parris continues to lead The Five Satins today. Here are The Five Satins performing In The Still Of The Night in the 1959 film Sweet Beat.