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"In the Still of the Night" is a song written by Fred Parris and recorded by his Five Satins. The song was recorded in the Saint Bernadette Catholic School basement in New Haven, CTmarker. Marty Kugell produced the song, with Nate Schwartz assisting. It was originally released as a B-Side (to "The Jones Girl", a play on the Mills Brothers' 1954 hit, "The Jones Boy") on Kugell's "Standord Records" label. Although the single was only a moderate hit (after it was reissued on the Ember label), peaking at #24 on the national pop charts and #3 on the R&B "race" charts (Billboard's chart designation for R&B during that time), its reputation came to surpass its original chart placement. For three decades, the single almost always topped the influential Top 500 Songs countdown on oldies radio station WCBS-FM. The track sold over 10 million copies in 1987 and 1988 as part of the Dirty Dancing soundtrack. It is ranked #90 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of "the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". (Clearly, one of the primary reasons why the song became such a standard was its inclusion in the highly influencial 1959 LP "Oldies But Goodies" on Original Sound.)

"In the Still of the Night" is one of two songs that may lay claim to being the origin of the term doo-wop. The plaintive "doo wop, doo wah" refrain in the bridge has often been suggested as the origin of the term doo-wop to describe that musical genre. (The other contender for the honor is When You Dance by The Turbans, in which the chant "doo-wop" can be heard.)

Original version

The original recording briefly hit the charts again in 1960 and 1961; an instrumental version by Santo & Johnny charted in 1964, and a version by Paul Anka did likewise in 1969. None of these releases reached the top half of the Billboard Hot 100, however.

Deborah Gibson performed a cover version, transposed to C major, during her Atlantic-years concert tours and recorded the same for the Atlantic soundtrack album The Wonder Years - Music from the Emmy Award-Winning Show and its Era (LP 82032).

The song was spelled as "In the Still of the Nite" to avoid confusion with Cole Porter's "In the Still of the Night." The Five Satins rock and roll standard is at times also spelled in that manner. The song was also used in the Disney attraction The Enchanted Tiki Room marker.

'(I'll Remember) In The Still Of the Night' was also covered by The Beach Boys on their 1976 album 15 Big Ones. Lead vocals were by drummer Dennis Wilson.

Boyz II Men version in 1992

Boyz II Men recorded an a cappella cover (in the original F major) of the song for the soundtrack to the television miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream. This version reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Hot 100 Singles Sales on January 16, 1993 and February 6, 1993, respectively. It also reached #2 on the Hot 100 Airplay on December 12, 1992. It was later added to the 1993 re-release of their album Cooleyhighharmony.

Track listings

7" single
  1. "In the Still of the Nite (I'll Remember)" (LP version) — 2:51
  2. "Snippets from 'An American Dream'" by The Jacksons


CD maxi
  1. "In the Still of the Nite (I'll Remember)" (LP version) — 2:51
  2. "Snippets from 'An American Dream'" by The Jacksons
  3. "Medley" ("I Want You Back" (live) / "ABC" (live)) by The Jacksons


Charts

Chart (1993) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 11
French SNEP Singles Chart 24
German Singles Chart 69
UK Singles Chart 27
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 2
U.S. Billboard Singles Sales 3
U.S. Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 11
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 4
U.S. Billboard Hot Singles Recurrents 6
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Recurrent Airplay 9


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