Singers: The Four Seasons

 

Franki Vallie and Bob Gaudio are 50-50 partners in The Four Seasons. The other two guys made a nice living, but... Uploaded to Flickr by chaplinatra.

Frankie Valli (or Frankie Tyler, Frankie Nolan, Frankie Valley, Frankie Valle as he was known before The Four Seasons) knew he wanted to be a pop singer. He struggled trying to establish an identity until he met Bob Gaudio, then playing with a group called The Royal Teens. (Old-timers might remember their one hit, “Short Shorts.”) Valli and Gaudio formed a partnership in 1961, and The Four Seasons took off.

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The Four Seasons were one of the few American acts able to still top the charts during the height of the British Invasion. Their popularity peaked in the mid-60s, but they continued to have songs make the charts as late as 1975.

Their Top 10 hits were: “Sherry” (1962, #1) … “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (1962, #1) … “Walk Like a Man” (1963, #1) … “Candy Girl” (1963, #3) … “Dawn” (1964, #3) … “Ronnie” (1964, #6) … “Rag Doll” (1964, #1) … “Save It for Me” (1964, #10) … “Let’s Hang On” (1965, #3) … “Working My Way Back to You” (1966, #9) … “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” (1966, #9) … “Tell It to the Rain” (1966, #10) … “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” (1967, #2) … “C’mon Marianne” (1967, #9) … “Who Loves You” (1975, #3) … “Oh What a Night” (1975, #1)

The story of the Four Seasons has been successfully retold in the musical Jersey Boys, which won four Tony Awards in 2006, including Best Musical. The Four Seasons were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Great American Things, August 31, 2009) in 1990.

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One response to “Singers: The Four Seasons

  1. Love ALL their songs. Great choice, Robin. I’m showing my age, but today’s music artists just can’t compare to the 40’s/50’s/60’s, in lyrics, musicality, beat…enjoyability (if that’s not a real word it should be)

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