The “Joisey Boys” didn’t start recording as The 4 Seasons until 1961, but recorded a number of hits between then and 1964, many of which were released on Gary, Indiana’s Vee Jay Records, then with Philips starting in 1964, due to problems with Vee Jay (pretty much the same ones The Beatles had with them). Their name came from a bowling alley that turned them down after an audition in 1960.
Their first #1 hit was their first single with Vee Jay, “Sherry,” released in 1962. It was written by guitarist Bob Gaudio and producer Bob Crewe, and went through several names (including “Jackie” for Jacqueline Kennedy) until they landed on Sherry, the daughter of Gaudio’s best friend, New York DJ Jack Spector.
The band released ten singles between Vee Jay and Philips in 1964. The first #1 on Philips was a two-A-sided single, “Rag Doll” and “Silence Is Golden.” By this time they were billing themselves as “The 4 Seasons, Featuring the ‘Sound’ of Frankie Valli.” Here are both songs.
Frankie Valli is still touring with a revamped lineup. Their website is here.
Frankie Valli and The 4 Seasons, your Two for Tuesday, February 27, 2018.