The Four Seasons

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'The Four Seasons' originated as three guys singing under a streetlamp in Newark, New Jersey. These three were Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi. Eventually, the three evolved from singing top chart songs under a streetlamp, they started to play local clubs. The triplet however, was having trouble establishing themselves, they needed original songs, and to do so they would need someone who could write. With the help of Joe Pesci, the three met Bob Gaudio, a young pianist who also wrote songs, most notably 'Short Shorts'. Now a quartet, the Doo-wop group changed their name to 'The Four Seasons'. While searching for a record contract the four met Bob Crewe. Upon hearing the groups sound, Crewe signed the group, and had them sing back-up for his artists until they brought him four demo songs. Gaudio wrote four songs, the group rehearsed, and was prepared to sing for Crewe, but on the morning of the set, Gaudio thought of what would prove to be the song that would identify with them. Within hours, 'The Four Seasons' sang 'Sherry' for the first time. And in 1962, it became their first #1 hit. And later that year they appeared on 'American Bandstand'. Their next #1 was 'Big Girls Don't Cry' would be the second consecutive. In 1963 the group released 'Walk Like a Man', their 3rd consecutive #1 hit. Also in 1963 'The Four Seasons' went on their first nation wide tour. They later released 'Rag Doll', 'Working My Way Back to You', Let's Hang on', 'Stay', 'Bye, Bye Baby', 'C'mon Marianne', 'December, 1963', 'Beggin'' and many others. By the mid-70's however, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi left the group for various reasons. On top of that, Bob Gaudio became full time writer and no longer a full member of the group. Although the lost members were replaced, Frankie Valli was able to create a solo career. His most notable solo song was 'Can't Take my Eyes Off of You'. But the song itself, which turned out to be arguably one of his greatest hits, had trouble being released. Many record and radio producers thought that the song could not be associated with any particular genre. But with lots of persistence, the song got off the ground, and became a huge hit. In 1990, almost twenty years since the original 'Four Seasons' preformed on the same stage that reunited, and on no better stage than the one at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The group from there continued to perform more often. On December 24, 2000, bassist Nick Massi died. Leaving three members left today (2006). Tommy DeVito, still performs occasionally with Frankie and Bob, Bob Gaudio recently produced the musical about the journey of 'Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons' called: 'Jersey Boys', and Frankie still performs and tours the country, and says he does so for the love of the music.