By Gary: “I try to avoid the ‘Big’ groups for a couple of reasons. Number 1, everybody does the ‘Big Groups’ so what could I add? Number 2, when I do the one-hit people and the more obscure singers, my partner, a musician for over 50 years, has no idea who they are; Musicians, they are a breed to themselves…
Well, I have seen Jersey Boys twice and will concede that it may be one of the Best Presentations Ever; even my wife (the classical lover) stood up and cheered during the presentation. So here is my attempt at covering –
The Four Seasons
Let’s Hang On/ Ed Sullivan January 1966/
Big Girl’s Don’t Cry/ Maybe 1963 live/
Walk Like A Man
Medley: Walk Like A Man / Cherry / Rag Dall
Hits Medley 1967/ Popendipity TV Program:
Rag Doll from 1964:
Oh What a Night The Fours Seasons / I think late 80’s or early 90’s /
Sometime in the Mid-Sixties / American TV Series / Great Medley /
1. Sherry/ Vee-Jay 456/ September 1962/ #1(5)
2. Big Girls Don’t Cry/ Vee-Jay 465/ November 1962/ #1(5)
3. Walk Like a Man/ Vee-Jay 478/ January 1963/ #1(3)
4. Ain’t That a Shame/ Vee-Jay 512/ May 1963/ #22
5. Candy Girl/ Vee-Jay 539/ July 1963/ # 3
6. Dawn (Go Away)/ Philips 40166/ February 1964/ #3
7. Stay (Gary’s Favourite)/ Vee-Jay 582/ March 1964/ #16
8. Ronnie/ Philips 40185/ April 1964/ #6
9. Rag Doll/ Philips 40211/ June 1964/ #1(2)
10. Save It For Me/ Philips 40225/ September 1964/ #6
11. Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby, Goodbye)/ Philips 40260/ #12
12. Let’s Hang On/ Philips 40317/ October 1965/ #3
13. Don’t Think Twice (recorded under the name The Wonder Who)/ Philips 40324/ Nov 65/ #12
14. Working My Way Back to You/ Philips 40350/ February 1966/ #9
15. Opus 17 (Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me)/ Philips 40370/ May 1966/ # 13
16. I’ve Got You Under My Skin (Russ’s favourite) /Philips 40393/ September 1966/ #9
17. Tell It To The Rain/ Philips 40412/ December 1966/ #10
18. Beggin’/ Philips 40433/ March 1967/ #16
19. C’mon Marianne/ Philips 40460/ June 1967/ #9
20. Who Loves You/ Warner/Curb 8122/ September 1975
21. December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night) another Favourite/ Warner/Curb/ January 1976/ #1(3)
I am aware that there are many more songs and I may have missed some of your Favourites, but there are just too many, so if you have a Complaint, email Russ. (Gary)
The Four Seasons (since 1967, known off and on as Frankie Valli & the 4 Seasons – although not shown that way on any of their hit records), is an American pop and rock group from Newark, NJ. They also had a sound somewhat reminiscent of doo-wop, although they were not thought of as a doo wop quartet. By the mid 1960s, The Four Seasons had become an internationally famous rock and roll group.
In 1960, the group known as The Four Lovers evolved into The Four Seasons, with Frankie Valli as the lead singer, Bob Gaudio (formerly of The Royal Teens) on keyboards and tenor vocals, Tommy DeVito on lead guitar and baritone vocals and Nick Massi on bass guitar and bass vocals.
Frankie Valli and Tommy DeVito previously performed with Nick DeVito (Tommy’s twin brother) and Hank Majewski as The Four Lovers. The Four Seasons released their first hit, “Sherry,” in 1962. Under the guidance of producer/songwriter Bob Crewe, The Four Seasons followed up “Sherry” with several well-remembered hits, including “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Dawn”, “Walk Like a Man”, “Candy Girl” and “Save It for Me”.
Nick Massi left the Four Seasons in 1965 and was replaced by Charles Calello, who was in turn replaced by Joe Long, who became the mainstay on bass and backup vocals until 1976. Several more Top 10 singles followed, including “Let’s Hang On”, “Working My Way Back To You”, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “C’mon Marianne”; but by late 1967, the group’s popularity was deteriorating, as public interest moved towards rock with a harder edge and more socially conscious lyrics.
The group would enjoy a brief revival in their popularity in the mid-1970s, with the hits “Who Loves You”, “Swearin’ to God” and their last number one hit “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)”. Don Ciccone was a member of the Four Seasons in 1976 and was lead vocal on several songs, such as “Slip Away”, “Let’s Get It Right” and “Rhapsody”. He played lead guitar.
The Four Seasons (group members 1961-1965) were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999.
Jersey Boys, a musical play based on the lives of The Four Seasons, directed by Des McAnuff (The Who’s Tommy, 700 Sundays) premiered at his La Jolla (California) Playhouse and opened on Broadway on November 6, 2005 to generally positive reviews. It won 2006 Tony Awards for Best Leading and Featured Actor in a Musical won by John Lloyd Young & Christian Hoff, Best Light Design in a Musical and Best Musical.
The group’s music was one of many influences to the Jersey Shore sound of the 1970’s and 1980’s. However, by the 1980s, Frankie Valli was the only original group member left. Frankie Valli still tours today, performing many of The Four Seasons classic songs.
Nick Massi died in 2000 of cancer.
Despite Joe Long’s extensive contributions to The Four Seasons, Joe Long remains the only member of the group’s “definitive line-up” not inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, most likely because he was not in the original group. Much controversy still exists over this decision, especially in light of the many top-10 hits the group had during his tenure. (lastfm)