Twilight Time (song)

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This article is about the popular song written by Buck Ram. For the Moody Blues song, see Twilight Time (The Moody Blues song).
"Twilight Time"
Single by The Platters
B-side "Out of My Mind"
Released April 1958
Genre R&B
Length 2:47
Label Mercury Records 71289
Writer(s) Buck Ram, Morty Nevins, Al Nevins, Artie Dunn
The Platters singles chronology
"Helpless"
(1958)
"Twilight Time"
(1958)
"You're Making a Mistake"
(1958)

"Twilight Time" is a popular song with lyrics by Buck Ram, and the music by The Three Suns (Morty Nevins, Al Nevins, and Artie Dunn). Ram said that he originally wrote it as a poem, without music, while in college.[1]

Original instrumental recordings of "Twilight Time" included those made respectively by the Three Suns[1] (1944) and Les Brown & His Band of Renown (1945).[2]

Les Brown's version of "Twilight Time" was recorded in November 1944 and released in early 1945 as the B-side of "Sentimental Journey," the first recording of that song. While the A-side featured Doris Day's vocals, "Twilight Time" was an instrumental. The first vocal version of the song on record was released, also in 1945, by bandleader Jimmy Dorsey with Teddy Walters on vocals.[3]

It has been recorded by numerous groups over the years. However, the best-known version of the song was recorded by The Platters[1] and became a number one hit on both the pop singles and R&B Best Sellers charts in 1958 in the United States.[4] The song also reached number three in the United Kingdom.[5] In 1963, the Platters recorded a Spanish version of the song entitled "La Hora del Crepúsculo", sung in a rhumba-style tempo.

Artistry[edit]

The lyrics contain seven unique instances of alliteration, including the title, which is repeated several times throughout the song. Other phrases that include alliteration are:

  • colored curtains
  • day is done
  • surrender the setting sun
  • beneath the blue
  • in the sweet and same old way
  • deep in the dark

Other versions[edit]

Cultural references[edit]

broadcast by Chilean network TVN.

  • "Twilight Time" is the title of episode 80 (season 4, episode 16) of the television series "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic."'
  • A Spanish-language version of the song by the Argentine group Los Cinco Latinos is used several times, including over the closing credits, in Whit Stillman's 1994 film Barcelona.

Twilight Time was also used in the closing scene of the movie "Blood and Donuts" and runs into the credits.

Preceded by
"Tequila" by The Champs
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
(The Platters version)

April 21, 1958 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Witch Doctor" by David Seville
Preceded by
"Tequila" by The Champs
Billboard R&B Best Sellers in Store number-one single
April 28, 1958 - May 12, 1958 (three weeks)
Succeeded by
"All I Have To Do Is Dream" by The Everly Brothers

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Buck Ram interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969)
  2. ^ Michael David Toth (c2004 (2001)). "Twilight Memories, an illustrated history--Part I". The Three Suns Universe. Retrieved 2009-02-24.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ "The Originals Vol. 32". 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 463. 
  5. ^ The Platters, "Twilight Time" chart positions Retrieved June 7, 2013
  6. ^ Andy Williams, "Twilight Time" chart positions Retrieved June 7, 2013
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Hot Country Songs 1944–2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 238. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8. 

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