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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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glohperez
Best music,my era
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Omg! This Rola lo mas no!!!!! :)
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dragonlady60 8 8
Wow...the best music ever!!!
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Love these guys!
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Great
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Some of the BEST MUSIC EVER SUNG came from this group!!!!!!! ! ! :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D
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Beautiful music
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0ne of the best oldies ever!
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steadsfast2a p o i n t
In The Still of the Night was"our song. ". Arthur has been dead just a bit over three years now, but lovers never do say goodbye.
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Great
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kegsboater
Skyliners
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kegsboater
Lovers never say goodbye. Best slow song to dance to
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Great makeout song
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bobchandler3 3
The Five Satins recording of In The Still of The Night is the most romantic and sexy slow dance song ever recorded. ...RMC
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pnotchr73
Love these oldies!! Classic.
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Yes, yes, yes, yes and YES!
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Yes, yes, yes, yes and YES!
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Nobody can touch Freddie Paris singing his original hit. What a song. Gets voted most favorite song every year on Oldies Radio and deserves the accolades.
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I remember, u member, u member, vato loco! *,*
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South side
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Definitely one of the best songs ever recorded during that time period.
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Awesome song.
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This is so Great!!!
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I loved the show with them on Nov 1 2014. It was great to meet them after the show
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MERCY!
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MERCY!
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dragonlady60 8 8
One of Mý faves....gre a t group!
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Heavy blues is the love of my life
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real music carmine rockaway beach new york.
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The total feelings of heart food. man what an era. Alexander
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Great Music Years Ago!!!!
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drh6187
Amen for those days! And I still sing along & remember the words!
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I can not wait until I get to see them live on Nov 1st 2014 at the Kirby Center.
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penguinmon12
I always think of dirty dancing :)
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realmccoy628
These were the greatest of times to be a teenager .
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Great
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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.
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This are good oldie songs!! Wish todays songs where more like this!
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marvins39
#1 oldie
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I wish i was born at that time:( seriously in love with oldies!!! Can't anyone bulid a time machine? lol
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The Five Satins all that and more RASHON IBN ALMUHYI NEWARK, N.J
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House parties, slow dancing, holding that girl close, Oh what a good time to be alive!!!!!!! !
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Love it !!!
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MercyMercyMe r c y M e r c y M E R C Y ! ! ! ! !
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I don't miss the 50s, but I DO miss this MUSIC!!!!!!! ! ! :'(=-O :-D
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This is one of my most favorite songs.
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I'm so fortunate to have lived in this era of music long live oldies!
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I love this song reminding me of my teen years.
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One of the best Doo Wop songs from the fifties.
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Solid gold to make you feel old
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Music with feeling & love
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