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Billboard #1 Hits: #78: “Sherry”- The Four Seasons. September 15, 1962. #1 for 5 weeks. Released on Vee-Jay Records. Written by Bob Gaudio. Genre: Doo-wop, Pop. Time:2:32.  B-side:”I’ve Cried Before” Grade: F

We go from the #1 being “Shelia” to “Sherry.” I will be right out front with it I’ve always had a passionate dislike for The Four Seasons. I can’t stand Frankie Valli’s falsetto. A little goes a long way and on “Sherry” he certainly overdoes it. “Sherry” written by Bob Gaudio- was originally called ‘”Jackie Baby” in honor of our first lady at the time Jackie Kennedy. It was changed to “Sherry”- the name of Bob Gaudio’s best friend DJ Jack Spector’s daughter. Guadio has also said that the song was inspired by Bruce Channel’s rather dreadful “Hey Baby.” While the single was wildly popular in the US- 5 weeks at #1 it peaked at #8 on the UK Singles Chart.

“Sherry” was the first Top 40 hit – and the first of 5ive #1 hits The Four Seasons would have- also in 1962 “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, early 1963 “Walk Like A Man”  1964-“Rag Doll”  and then 1975- “December 1963 {Oh, What A Night”}  They had a lot of hits- they were popular. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

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