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In the Still of the Night
# 24 in 1956, # 81 in 1960, and # 99 in 1961.
| The Five Satins are a New Haven group has been performing in
various identities since the '50s. Their song "In the Still of the
Night" remains the definitive doo wop love song, and has frequently
topped New York oldies giant WCBS-FM's fan survey for greatest record of
all time. Fred Parris, Al Denby, Jim Freeman, Eddie Martin, and pianist
Jessie Murphy were the original lineup. By the time the song peaked at
number three R&B, Parris was in the Army, stationed in Japan. Bill
Baker stepped in as lead singer until Parris returned in 1958. The group
under Baker had another Top Ten hit in 1957, although "To the Aisle"
isn't quite as revered. They enjoyed one last Top 30 R&B single with
"Shadows" in 1959.
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