Sunday, June 30, 2013

"Spend the Night in Love" by Frankie Valli & the 4 Seasons

Song#:  0433
Date:  12/13/1980
Debut:  96
Peak:  91
Weeks:  5
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  As The 4 Seasons, this group started their chart career in 1962 with the #1 "Sherry." They would continue on and have hits throughout the 60s and 70s racking up 15 Top 10 hits including 5 #1's. Their resurgence in the mid-70s was of particular note as a good part of the lead vocals on their hits went to Gerri Polchi with Frankie Valli providing backing vocals. However, Valli was also having solo success with hits that were recorded with the same production team. The resurgence ended up being short-lived as they failed to follow-up their last hit, 1975's #1 "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)" with anything significant. The group started the 80s with a double LP of live recordings called "Reunited Live." Although primarily all concert performances, there were two studio songs included (even though the recording seems to make them out to be part of the concert). This first single was one of them. Unfortunately it couldn't crawl out of the chart basement and it ended up being the group's final pop chart entry.

ReduxReview:  With echoes of the BeeGees, this song just sounds like a cheap knock-off. It's a pretty lazy groove and performance. There is no energy or anything to this recording. It's not a great song to begin with, but at least I'd expect a vibrant performance by the group instead of this snooze-fest. It's a sad last chart entry for a truly amazing group.

ReduxRating:  3/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) Discounting a one-off holiday single, The 4 Seasons were the first rock group to have three consecutive singles hit #1 on the chart. In 1962 and 1963, they hit with "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," and "Walk Like a Man." The singles spent a combined total of 13 weeks at the top of the chart.  2) In 2005, the stage musical "Jersey Boys" debuted on Broadway. The show, which was about the group's beginnings through to their breakup, was a hit and ended up winning four Tony awards including Best Musical.


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