Twilight Time (song)

"Twilight Time" is a popular song with lyrics by Buck Ram and 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]

"Twilight Time"
Single by the Platters
B-side"Out of My Mind"
ReleasedApril 1958
Format7", 10"
GenreR&B, traditional pop
LabelMercury Records 71289
Songwriter(s)Buck Ram, Morty Nevins, Al Nevins, Artie Dunn
The Platters singles chronology
"Twilight Time"
"You're Making a Mistake"

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 Platters recording

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.[3] The song also reached number three in the United Kingdom.[4] In 1963, the Platters recorded a Spanish version of the song entitled "La Hora del Crepúsculo", sung in a rhumba-style tempo.

Notable cover versions

  • "Twilight Time" appeared in the X-Files episode "Kill Switch" (Season 5, episode 11).
  • "Twilight Time" was used as part of the soundtrack for the 1995 television serials based upon the 1960s decade, Estúpido Cupido (Stupid Cupid), 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.


  1. 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. Archived from the original on 2009-02-18. Retrieved 2009-02-24. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 463.
  4. The Platters, "Twilight Time" chart positions Retrieved June 7, 2013
  5. "The Originals Vol. 32". Archived from the original on 2009-09-23.
  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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