November 21, 2012
The first phase of The Four Seasons career was coming to an end. They had produced dozens of hits for the Vee Jay and Philips Label’s. Their last gasp was “A Patch Of Blue,” which was issued in May of 1970. The music world was changing as the new decade dawned and it just made the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart at number 94.
They would not have another hit until the disco era of the mid 1970s when they would top the charts once again. “A Patch Of Blue” remains one of the bands more obscure singles.
March 4, 2012
It probably seemed like a good idea at the time. From 1964 to 1969, The Four Seasons were hit making machines, placing two dozen singles on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart, while signed to the Philips label.
During mid-1969 they switched to Bob Crewe’s label, aptly named Crewe. Hw was also the band producer. This move effectively brought the most productive era of their career to and end and it would be over five years before they had another significant hit, long after they left the Crewe label.
Their one chart single for Crewe was “And That Reminds Me,” which reached number 45 on the American Singles Chart during the fall of 1969. Ir was the instruental song, “Autumn Concerto,” with new lyrics added.
All in all, it probably seemed like a good idea at the time.
July 26, 2011
Today Bob Gaudio is safely enshrined in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as the longtime singer/songwriter of The Four Seasons. But everyone has to stop somewhere.
Bob Gaudio was a founding member of The Royal Teens from Fort Lee, New Jersey. He was joined by Bill Crandell, Billy Dalton, and Tom Austin.
They released “Short Shorts,” on the small Power Label, during 1957 with little notice by the record buying public. Re-released January 27, 1958 on th largee ABC-Paramount label, it became a big hit reaching number three on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.
“Short Shorts” may not have aged as well as some of its contempoary hits but it remains a fascinating piece of nostallgia of the late 1960s.
October 23, 2010
When The Four Seasons left The Vee Jay label during 1963 they left behind alot of unused material. As the Four Seasons climbed to new heights of popularity with their new label, Vee Jay would continue to raid their vaults and gradually release what was available.
“Little Boy (In Grown Up Clothes)” was the fifth and last single to be released under the Vee Jay brand. It would also be the best of the five. Why it had not been released as a single before this point is beyond me.
It featured typical and tight Four Seasons harmonies with Frankie Valli’s falsetto floating above the mix. It only reached number sixty on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE pop charts and deserved better.
The Vee Jay material would run dry after this release but it remains a fine remembrace of The Four Seasons at their best.
September 21, 2010
By the mid-sixties The Four Seasons were staples on The United States singles charts.
The group traced its history back to the mid-1950’s when they were known as The Four Lovers. The constant would be the high falsetto lead vocals by Frankie Valli floating above group harmonies.
“Dawn (Go Away)” was issued February 1, 1964 and would ultimately reach number three on The United States singles charts. It was also their first hit on the Philips label after having recorded for Vee Jay, for whom they produced three number one songs.
The Four Seasons sound was unique and quickly recognizable. “Dawn (Go Away)” is very representative of that sound as it is a nice mid-tempo pop tune. It remains a nice and listenable part of their long career.
August 13, 2009
“C’mon Marianne” would be The Four Seasons last top ten hit of the 1960’s. It would reach the number nine position in June of 1967. The group would change their sound as the decade came to a close in an attempt to conform to the changes in music that were happening at the time. This new sound was not accepted by the music buying public and it would not be until the mid-seventies that they would climb to the top regions of the charts once again.
“C’mon Marianne” is catchy, up-tempo-pop with Frankie Valli’s falsetto lead vocal floating above the soaring harmonies. It even came with a picture sleeve and you can’t ask for much more than that.
August 13, 2009
The Four Seasons would place 48 titles on The American Charts during their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career. That total would include five number one hits.
They began their career as a four man harmony group lead by the falsetto voice of Frankie Valli. Producer Bob Crewe and group member Bob Gaudio would write a large percentage of their material.
In the mid-sixties, in order to be a little more hip, they began playing their own instruments. “Let’s Hang On” is one of their first hits from that era. It is also my favorite Four Seasons song.
“Let’s Hang On” had a little more bite than their usual material. While it can still be considered pop, the guitar intro and sound that drove the song is about as close to rock as they would get. It would be a big hit as it reached number three on the American charts and would tie “Big Girls Don’t Cry” as their longest charting song at sixteen weeks.
A definate must for any fan of sixties pop music.