NEW YORK—Fred Parris, the lead singer of the 1950s doo-wop group the Five Satins and composer of the ballad “In the Still of the Night,” has died at age 85.
Parris died Jan. 13 after a brief illness, according to his music manager, Pat Marafiote. Parris and his wife Emma lived in Hamden, Connecticut, not far from his native New Haven.
Formed as the Scarlets while Parris was in high school, the Five Satins had minor hits with “To the Aisles” and “Shadows” among others, and Parris continued to tour over the following decades even as the Satins’ popularity faded and backing singers came and went.
The Five Satins were elected into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2003.