By: Frankie Valli (born Francis Stephen Castelluccio May 3, 1937 in Newark, New Jersey).
Frankie Valli is best known as the lead singer of the Four Seasons, a music act of the 1960s, which continued from then to the 1970s disco scene to the present day.
In 1966, as the popularity of the Four Seasons began to wane, Valli began his solo career by releasing two singles that were only minor hits. For his third single, he enlisted the help of Four Seasons producers and songwriters Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio (who was also a founding member of the Four Seasons.) Together they wrote "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" for Valli.
When it was released, "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" was in competition with a Four Seasons song, "C'Mon Marianne". Both became Top 10 hits, but ultimately, Valli's single was the bigger hit, at #2, while the Four Seasons' single peaked at #9.
Chart position: #2 (US).
It was kept from #1 by "Windy" (The Association.)
The Top Ten Songs: July 22, 1967 (US Billboard Hot 100).
- "Windy" (Association)
- "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" (Frankie Valli)
- "Light My Fire" (Doors)
- "San Francisco (Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair)" (Scott McKenzie)
- "Little Bit O' Soul" (Music Explosion)
- "I Was Made To Love Her" (Stevie Wonder)
- "Up, Up and Away" (5th Dimension)
- "A Whiter Shade of Pale" (Procol Harum)
- "C'Mon Marianne" (Four Seasons)
- "Come On Down To My Boat" (Every Mother's Son)
Written by: Bob Crewe (born November 12, 1931 in Newark, New Jersey) and Bob Gaudio (born November 17, 1942 in The Bronx, New York.)
Both Crewe and Gaudio are best known for their work with the Four Seasons, of whom Gaudio was also a member.
Collectively, they also wrote/co-wrote such songs as "Big Girls Don't Cry", "Bye Bye Baby", "Silence Is Golden", "Cry Myself To Sleep", "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)", "Let's Hang On (To What We've Got)", "Rag Doll", "Ronnie", "Save It For Me", "Silhouettes", "Sherry", "Tallahassee Lassie", "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore", and "Walk Like A Man".
Also by: The Lettermen, in a medley with Little Anthony and the Imperials' "Goin' Out Of My Head", which reached #7 (US) in 1968; Lauryn Hill, whose version reached #35 (US) in 1998.
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