The Five Satins

Genres: Doo Wop Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Soundtrack
Tags: doo wop oldies 50s soul rhythm and blues Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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This R&B vocal group was formed in New Haven, Connecticut, USA, in 1955. The Five Satins’ first hit, ‘In The Still Of The Nite’ (US R&B number 3 and pop Top 30 in 1956), was one of the definitive songs of the early rock ‘n’ roll era, with its strong chanting of doo-wop riffs in the background and impassioned lead work. The group on this record consisted of lead Fred Parris, Al Denby, Ed Martin, bass Jim Freeman and pianist Jessie Murphy. Parris, who wrote the song, brought valuable experience to the Five Satins, having formed the Scarlets (Parris, Denby, Bill Powers, Sylvester Hopkins and Nate Mosely) in 1953, a group that hit regionally with ‘Dear One’ in 1954. The long-cherished national success for Parris was initially denied him, as he was in the army stationed in Japan when ‘In The Still Of The Nite’ became a hit, and the wonderful follow-up, ‘To The Aisle’ (US R&B number 5 and pop Top 30 in...

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