Hit after hit after hit – yet for years, the brilliance of Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons was taken for granted. It’s not like we hadn’t had the opportunity to appreciate just how remarkable their records were: Frankie had scored in the US Hot 100 more than 50 times. The Four Seasons’ hit run began with Sherry in 1962, and once the group’s chart attack had apparently finished at the end of the 60s, Frankie did it all over again as a solo artist, culminating in a No.1 smash with the theme song from Grease. Meanwhile, The Four Seasons soared again with a soulful disco sound. As fashions changed in the 80s, the group slipped from stardom, but in 2005 the wildly successful jukebox musical Jersey Boys brought the best Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons songs back to the stage, where they belonged.
Here are just ten of their greatest moments on record.
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10: Sherry (1962)
Pop music was shifting from teen rock’n’roll to soul and beat in 1962, and The Four Seasons were ideally placed to deliver the new sound, having grown up on the street-corner symphonies of doo-wop just as their soulful black contemporaries had. The super-tight, astonishingly crisp Sherry was the first of three consecutive US chart-toppers for the group, and is the perfect introduction to the remarkable voice of Francesco Stephen Castelluccio – Frankie Valli – which would resonate for two decades on both sides of the Atlantic.