Personalities | The Four Seasons | Sixties | Rock

(Vocal group, 1960–present)

In 1962, after performing as The Four Lovers, New Jersey session singers Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi plus songwriter Bob Gaudio issued a single, ‘Sherry’, as The Four Seasons. With Valli’s shrill falsetto to the fore, it was an international million-seller. Other such triumphs of the same persuasion included ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’, ‘Rag Doll’ and 1965’s ‘Let’s Hang On’. By 1968, the momentum had slackened, but the group enjoyed a further brace of chartbusters during the late 1970s disco boom.

Styles & Forms | Sixties | Rock
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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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