SONGS I LIKE BY ARTISTS I DON’T- “DECEMBER 1962 {OH, WHAT A NIGHT]- THE FOUR SEASONS

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Songs I like by Artists I Don’t- December 1963 [Oh, What A Night} by The Four Seasons. To me being forced to listen to the Four Seasons would be a form of cruel and unusual punishment- nothing personal against these fellas but I hate their music. I think I’d rather listen to Rush. Death by falsetto. Frankie Valli’s voice to me makes Geddy Lee sound like Sinatra in comparison.  But I will admit to liking one Four Seasons hit- and I have over the years heard them all- “December 1963 {Oh, What A Night} a #1 hit from 1975. Where there previous single “Who Love You” sounds like their old early 60’s stuff- December 1963 sounds modern for the time.  The original title-  the song was written by Bob Gaudio and Judy Parker were “December 5, 1933” and celebrating the end of Prohibition but was changed at the urging of Valli and Parker- who was Gaudio’s wife- to be that of a young man’s first affair.

There is no denying that The Four Seasons were very popular. They had a 5 #1’s and 32 Top 40 hits in their career- not counting  Valli’s solo career. I had a colleague for a couple decades who was a Four Seasons fanatic- as fanatical about them as I am The Beatles. He had a dislike for The Beatles and once day I asked him why. His answer was the pre-Beatles America was his time- and when The Beatles came along it changed everything including the music he loved. This fella had every Four Seasons single and album ever released and every year one day would bring some of his Four Seasons albums and try to get the kids interested in them. To me they sound dated- and I just missed that era to the kids it had to sound like  Glenn Miller would have to me in the 1970’s. Old fart music.  I don’t think he ever converted anyone.

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10 responses to “SONGS I LIKE BY ARTISTS I DON’T- “DECEMBER 1962 {OH, WHAT A NIGHT]- THE FOUR SEASONS

  1. My favourite Frankie Valli song is the Northern Soul classic, “The Night”. It wasn’t until I saw the movie, Northern Soul, that I found out that he was signed to Motown for a short time in the 70s.

  2. You know that Franki Valli still tours — and charges BIG BUCKS for his tickets? One of my friends’ husbands bought them tickets and they saw him in FL. She said she thinks he lip-synchs, so this guy is raking in the dough for lyp sinking his old music. I like Franki’s falsetto, it’s amazing how high he goes and that little edge he puts on it. Nothing I ever considered purchasing and choosing to play, more like ok it’s playing on the radio and I’m not reaching to change the channel.

  3. This was the one that I liked. Valli was the reason I didn’t like them.
    “Frankie Valli’s voice to me makes Geddy Lee sound like Sinatra in comparison.” That is saying something.

  4. I grew up with this music…all of it. My parents love them. They were mixed in with Beach music.

    Valli had a high pitch. He beat Barry Gibbs. Geddy Lee is too nasally for me. It’s not necessary to run the sound thru your sinuses first. Yikes.

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