Sunday, July 27, 2014

"Memories of Days Gone By" by Fred Parris & the Five Satins

Song#:  0929
Date:  02/27/1982
Debut:  89
Peak:  71
Weeks:  5
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  The medley craze had all sorts of acts coming out of the woodwork to cash in on the fad. Producer Marty Markiewicz was no exception and his idea for a medley involved his old friend Fred Parris, who was still performing around with a version of his doo-wop group The Five Satins. The Five Satins had a hit in 1956 with "In the Still of the Nite" (#3 R&B, #24 pop), which was written by Parris. Markiewicz thought a medley of classic tunes from the era with the vocal group would work. He arranged the song, got the group in the studio, and got this single issued. Although not a major hit in any way, the song got Parris and the Satins on the chart one last time.

ReduxReview:  You know, I think you could easily torture someone and make them talk just by locking them in a room and playing all these medleys one after the other for hours on end. I was ready to spill the beans just after one listen to this! Oh how I wish I could say this was the last one, but I know it's not. Someone help...please! As Cartman might say, "Nuuh...muuh...mehhhhdleeeeezzzz!"

ReduxRating:  3/10

Trivia:  The Five Satins' "In the Still of the Nite" remains the only song to have charted three different times with the same artist and recording. The song initially reached #24 in 1956, then it charted again in 1960 reaching #81, and once again in 1961 where it appeared for a week at #99. A few other artists have reached the chart with the song, but the only artist to have a Top 10 pop hit with it was Boyz II Men. Their a cappella version reached #3 in 1992.


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