June 2, 2011
The Four Lovers struggled during the mid to late 1950’s, but did manage to produce a minor hit during 1956 with “You’re The Apple Of My Eye” for the RCA label.
During early 1962, they signed with the Vee Jay Label and changed their name to The Four Seasons. It was their first step on the road to their induction into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame during 1990.
Their first single release for Vee Jay was “Sherry.” It was an up-tempo piece of pop that featured Frankie Valli’s falsetto voice rising above the mix. It would top the American singles chart for five weeks and was the first of their five number one hits.
The Four Seasons would go on to place 48 songs on the American charts. Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons are still on the road today.
October 21, 2010
The Four Seasons go back a long way; a really long way. They are best remembered for their series of hits from 1962 to 1970 which earned them induction in The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
The group actually formed as The Variatones in 1955 with lead singer Frankie Valli, Nick and Tommy DeVito, and Hank Majewski. By 1956 they had changed their name to The Four Lovers and obtained a recording contract with The RCA Label.
They would have one minor hit for RCA with “You’re The Apple Of My Eye” which reached number 62 during 1956.
My favorite song from this era was “Honey Love” which did not receive any chart action but presented The Four Lovers on the road to developing their signature sound. Not as good as their classic period but interesting nonetheless.