Fred Parris, ‘In the Still of the Night’ Singer-songwriter, dies at number 85 – Billboard

Fred Parrisfrontman for The Five Satins, a doo-wop group whose ballad hit in 1956″In the silence of the night“Has become an enduring standard and is prominently used in films including Dirty Dancing and Irish peoplepassed away on Thursday after a brief illness. He’s 85 years old.


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Parris said to Sign up for a new Haven in 2014. “I don’t know if they’ll hear it in 15 minutes, let alone 50 years.”

On February 19, 1956, Parris and one of his bandmates, Al Denbywere at home on military vacation in New Haven, Conn., when they taped “In the Still of the Night” in the basement of St. Bernadette. It was at the heart of the doo-wop era, when groups like Frankie Lymon & Teenagers and The plates scored radio hits, and New Haven had its own Nutmeg, Chestnut, Pyramid, and Lust.

Jim Freeman, a former member of the band Parris, said: “That’s what you got back then when kids sang on street corners. Ringer next year 2019 Irish people was released. “It’s just honest street music.”

Parris wrote the song in Philadelphia while on guard duty at a US Army base. “I started writing songs, which I didn’t really plan to do,” he said in a NAMM speech history video. “I was listening to other songs that the groups were recording and I just tried it out.”

Five Satins didn’t expect “In the Still of the Night” to be a hit, and by that time, peaking at #3 on the R&B chart and #24 on the pop chart, Parris was back. operating in Japan. Another singer, Bill Baker, had to take his place in performances until his return. Hits will rank three different times on Billboards‘s Hot 100, in 1956, 1960 and 1961.

“That song changed my life,” Parris said Registration.

Born in New Haven, Parris grew up listening to big band star music Glenn Miller on the radio before discovering R&B music through family members’ records. He delivered newspapers as a teenager and in high school he joined a group called Scarlets that wrote an area hit called “Dear One”.

After “In the Still of the Night,” Five Satins performed on the bills with other top stars of the day, from Dion arrive Gary US Bondsand scored subsequent hits including “The Jones Girl,” “Wonderful Girl” and “Oh Happy Day,” some of which they recorded during the same New Haven church basement meeting.

Later, Parris sang in other groups, including Fred Parris and the Restless Hearts (“Bring it home to Dad”) in the 60s and Black Satin in the 70s. Five Satins lineup changed frequently during Over the years, as has been the case with many doo-wop bands, with some of the original bands reuniting for the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame presentation in 1998. Parris sang for many years in the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame. oldies shows and, in one of the Last post on Facebook on New Year’s Eve, wrote: “It’s been a pleasure to see you and see you again over the years.”

About “In the Still of the Night”, he said in one 2013 interview to WJCT of Jacksonville, Fla: “Because we did it at church, I think the song was blessed. And me too. It lasted a long, long time. ”

https://www.billboard.com/music/music-news/fred-parris-five-satins-dead-obituary-1235019443/ Fred Parris, ‘In the Still of the Night’ Singer-songwriter, dies at number 85 – Billboard

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