Sunday, March 27, 2011

Hits List: 4 Seasons

Franki Valley (Valli) formed his first group called Frankie Valley and the Travelers in 1954.  The Four Seasons had their roots in 1955 as the Variatones.  They became the Four Lovers in 1956 and were also known in various combinations as Frankie Valle and the Romans, the Village Voices, Billy Dixon & the Topics, Hal Miller & the Rays, the Rays, the Four Seasons, the Topics and finally the 4 Seasons in 1961.

Frankie Valley and the Travelers
1954: "Somebody Else Took Her Home"/"Forgive and Forget"

The Four Lovers
1956:  "You're the Apple of My Eye"/"The Girl In My Dreams"
          "Honey Love"/"Please Don't Leave Me"
          "Jambalaya"/"Be Lovey Dovey"
          "Happy I Am"/"Never, Never"
1957:  "Shake a Hand"/"The Stranger"
1958:  "Pucker Up"/"My Life For Your Love"
           "I Go Ape"/"If You Care"

Frankie Valle & the Romans
1959:  "Come Si Bella"/"Real (This is Real)"
Village Voices
1961:  "Too Young to Start"/"Red Lips"

Turner DeSentri
1961:  "Ten Million Tears"/"Spanish Lace"

Billy Dixon & the Topics
1961:  "Trance"/"I Am All Alone"
1962:  "Trance"/"Lost Lullabye"

Hal Miller & the Rays
1961:  "An Angel Cried"/"Hope, Faith and Dreams"

Four Seasons
1961:  "Bermuda"/"Spanish Lace"

The Rays
1962:  "Are You Happy Now"/"Bright Brown Eyes"

The Topics
1962:  "The Girl In My Dreams"

The 4 Seasons
1962:  "Sherry" (#1 for 5 weeks)
           "Big Girls Don't Cry" (#1 for 5 weeks)
          "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" (#23)
1963:  "Walk Like a Man" (#1 for 3 weeks)
           "Ain't That a Shame!" (#9)
           "Soon (I'll Be Home Again)--#77
           "Candy Girl" (#3)
           "Marlena" (#36)
           "New Mexican Rose" (#36)
           "That's the Only Way" (#88)

1964:  "Dawn (Go Away)" (#3)
           "Stay" (#16)
           "Ronnie" (#6)
           "Alone" (#28)
           "Rag Doll" (#1 for 2 weeks)
           "Save It For Me" (#10)
           "Sincerely" (#75)
           "Big Man in Town" (#20)
           "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"
1965:  "Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby, Goodbye)"--#12
           "Toy Soldier" (#64)
           "Girl Come Running" (#30)
           "Let's Hang On!" (#3)
           "Don't Think Twice" (as the Wonder Who?)--#12
           "Little Boy (in Grown-Up Clothes)--#60

1966:  "Working My Way Back to You" (#9)
           "Opus 17 (Don't You Worry 'Bout Me)"--#13
            "On the Good Ship Lollipop" (as the Wonder Who?)--#87-)
            "You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You" (as the Wonder Who?)--#96
            "I've Got You Under My Skin" (#9)
            "Tell It To the Rain" (#10)
1967:  "Beggin'" (#16)
           "C'mon Marianne" (#9)
           "Lonesome Road" (as the Wonder Who?)--#89
           "Watch the Flowers Grow" (#30)
1968:  "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" (#24)
           "Electric Stories" (#61)
1969:  "Idaho" (#95)
           "Something's On Her Mind" (#98)
           "And That Reminds Me (My Heart Reminds Me)"--#45
1970:  "Patch of Blue" (#94)

1975:  "Who Loves You" (#3)
1976:  "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)"--#1 for 3 weeks
           "Silver Star" (#38)
1977:  "Down the Hall" (#65)
1980:  "Spend the Night in Love" (#91)
1994:  "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)"--re-issue (#14)

That's 45 career hits, with 16 going Top 10 and six great #1's for the 4 Seasons, obviously one of the most important acts of the Rock Era.

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