Singer Songwriter Cas Greenfield plays ‘Silhouettes’ live in Frampton on July the 12th 2016. Cas, a prolific songwriter, often plays an impromptu cover of a favourite song or two. On this particular night Ray Noble’s ‘Love Is The Sweetest Thing’ and L&M’s ‘I Will’ were among the tunes played.
Here is Cas’s take on a classic slice of 50s American Pop.
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Cas says: ‘ I met Frank Slay, co-writer of ‘Silhouettes’ in the early 80s in Munich at a record company launch party. He was in town selling his publishing protfolio to a Mr P. McC.
Frank had written ‘Silhouettes’ at 17, and had gone on to have many more hits.
‘Silhouettes’ is close to being the perfect story song. A pop classic. Frank was a kind and generous guy.’
Cas writes: In May 1957, songwriter Bob Crewe saw a couple embracing through a windowshade as he passed on a train. He quickly set about turning the image into a song. Frank Slay, who owned the small Philadelphia record label XYZ with Crewe, added lyrics, and they soon had a complete song ready to record. The story has frequently been reported that Slay heard The Rays audition for Cameo-Parkway Records, for which he worked, and immediately decided that they were the perfect group for “Silhouettes”. However, Slay and Crewe were actually already familiar with the group, as “Silhouettes” was their third single with them.
The song received a break when popular local disc jockey Hy Lit fell asleep with a stack of newly released records on his record player. “Silhouettes” happened to be the last to play, and so it repeated until he woke up. He began to play the song on his show. It became popular enough that Cameo-Parkway picked it up for national distribution, and it eventually reached number 3 on Billboard Top 100, while also hitting the top five on both the sales and airplay charts. It was the group’s only top 40 hit.