Fred Parris and 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. The song has been named the number one favorite "Oldies Song" in several venues.
The origins of the Five Satins lie in the Scarlets, a New Haven, CT, a doo wop group led by Fred Parris. The Scarlets formed in 1953, a group of high school kids who sang on street corners and in the halls of Hillhouse High. "Dear One”, written by Fred became a national hit the following year. In 1954, he 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 written on guard duty in the army. They recorded it 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.
Fred has written and published over 75 songs. Fred Parris an the Five Satins continue to perform at Oldies Shows.