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.
|Single by the Platters|
|B-side||"Out of My Mind"|
|Genre||R&B, traditional pop|
|Label||Mercury Records 71289|
|Songwriter(s)||Buck Ram, Morty Nevins, Al Nevins, Artie Dunn|
|The Platters singles chronology|
Original instrumental recordings of "Twilight Time" included those made respectively by the Three Suns (1944) and Les Brown & His Band of Renown (1945).
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 and became a number one hit on both the pop singles and R&B best sellers charts in 1958 in the United States. The song also reached number three in the United Kingdom. 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
- The first vocal version of the song on record was released, also in 1945, by bandleader Jimmy Dorsey with Teddy Walters on vocals.
- Bert Kaempfert in 1960 with his orchestra, recorded an instrumental version in Hamburg for the Polydor album Dancing In Wonderland.
- Deep River Boys (Recorded in Oslo on August 29, 1958, and released as a single HMV 45-AL 6075 and on the extended play En aften på "Casino Non Stop", introdusert av Arne Hestenes (HMV 7EGN 26)
- Andy Williams reached #86 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1962
- Willie Nelson, on his album What a Wonderful World (1988). Nelson's version peaked at number 41 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1989.
In popular culture
- "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.
- Buck Ram interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969)
- 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:
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 463.
- The Platters, "Twilight Time" chart positions Retrieved June 7, 2013
- "The Originals Vol. 32". Archived from the original on 2009-09-23.
- Andy Williams, "Twilight Time" chart positions Retrieved June 7, 2013
- Whitburn, Joel (2013). Hot Country Songs 1944–2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 238. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8.