The 4 Seasons are a pop-rock vocal group that became famous in the 1960s. The original lineup consisted of lead singer Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi. Since their founding in 1955, this group has had a long history with many name and personnel changes. First known as the Variatones, the group name was changed to the Four Lovers in 1956 and finally to the 4 Seasons in 1961. The Wonder Who? was also another name under which the 4 Seasons recorded.
The 4 Seasons debuted on the charts in 1956 (billed as The Four Lovers) with "You're The Apple Of My Eye." Their best known songs include "Sherry" (1962), "Big Girls Don't Cry" (1962), "Rag Doll" (1964), and "December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)" (1976), all of which topped the charts. Their last charting song was a 1994 remake of their 1976 hit, "December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)."
The 4 Seasons' signature sound comes from Frankie Valli's famous falsetto voice as well as the close-knit vocal harmonies of all the group members. They are one of the best-selling musical groups of all time, and they have continued touring non-stop to the present day (with Valli as the only original band member). The Four Seasons were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999.
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The 4 Seasons perform "Let's Hang On" on The Ed Sullivan Show (1966).
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The 4 Seasons
- Ain't That A Shame! 1963
(This song was previously a hit for both Pat Boone and Fats Domino in 1955 and later also became a hit for Cheap Trick (1979).)
- Alone 1964
- Beggin' 1967
- Big Girls Don't Cry 1962
(This song topped both the R&B and Pop/Rock charts.)
- Big Man In Town 1964
- Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby, Goodbye) 1965
- Candy Girl 1963
- C'mon Marianne 1967
(This song later also became a hit for Donny Osmond (1976).)
- Dawn (Go Away) 1964
- Girl Come Running 1965
- I've Got You Under My Skin 1966
(This song was previously a hit for Louis Prima & Keely Smith (1959).)
- Let's Hang On! 1965
(This song later also became a hit for Barry Manilow (1982).)
- Marlena 1963
- New Mexican Rose 1963
- Opus 17 (Don't You Worry 'Bout Me) 1966
- Rag Doll 1964
(This song topped the charts.)
- Ronnie 1964
- Save It For Me 1964
- Sherry 1962
(This song topped both the R&B and Pop/Rock charts and later also became a hit for Robert John in 1980. According to Bob Gaudio, who wrote this song, "Sherry" was originally titled "Jackie Baby" (in honor of then-First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy) but eventually changed to the name of the daughter of Gaudio's best friend Jack Spector, a New York deejay.)
- Stay 1964
(This song was previously a hit for Maurice Williams (1960) and later also became a hit for Jackson Browne (1978).)
- Tell It To The Rain 1966
- Walk Like A Man 1963
(This song, which was written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio, topped the charts and later also became a hit for Mary Jane Girls (1986). "Walk Like A Man" is listed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.)
- Watch The Flowers Grow 1967
- Who Loves You 1975
- Will You Love Me Tomorrow 1968
(This oldies classic previously topped the charts for the Shirelles (1961) and later also became a hit for Roberta Flack (1972), Melanie (1973), Dana Valery (1976), and Dave Mason (1978).)
- Working My Way Back To You 1966
(This song later also became a hit for the Spinners (1980, as a medley).)
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