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.