The Five Satins, “In The Still Of The Night”

Arguably the greatest song in the history of doo-wop was written while its composer had a brief leave from the military and was recorded in the basement of a church in New Haven, Connecticut, and the guy who played the saxophone solo was a parishioner there. You couldn’t make this stuff up, as they say.  Yet there is no doubt that “In The Still Of The Night” (or “Nite,” as it was also labelled) cast a long shadow over one of the predominant genres of music at around the time of the birth of rock and roll. Credited to the Five Satins, a group, like so many other harmony groups, that would change members with regularity as the years passed, the two-verse-and-a-bridge song, released in 1956, captures the wonder and awe of romance with stunning efficiency. The fellow responsible for writing the song, Fred Parris, recalled to back in 2010 how he found out about the song’s success while stationed in Japan, and how it gained him some mitigated credibility with his buddies. “I had told a couple of the guys I was stationed with about 'In the Still of the Night' — that I was a recording artist…

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