THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
739-The Four Seasons-December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night.)
1976-Number 1 single.
Best Bit-At 0.15.Who says men can’t multitask, that drummer sings at the same time as well.
After a failed audition at ‘The Four Seasons’ bowling alley in New Jersey, in 1959, they pinched the name anyway.
The only two constants since 1960 are Frankie Valli (see also best songs 83) and Bob Gaudio,who each own 50% of the act, and virtually all of the recording catalogue.
By 1975 The Four Seasons (see also best songs 284) hadn’t had a major hit in around 10 years, and with the exception of Valli, and Crewe, the other members who performed on the 1960’s hits had all gone, being replaced by Don Ciccone (1946-2016,) Geri Polci, Lee Shapiro, John Paiva, and Joe Long.On the 1960’s hits Valli was the prominent vocalist, but on this song, and it’s parent Album,’Who Loves You,’ he shared vocal duties with Ciccone, and drummer Gerri Polci.’December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night’) was co-written by Bob Gaudio, and his future wife Judy Parker, Gaudio (see also best songs 1007-914-863-499-393-284-164-112 and 83) originally wrote the song about the end of prohibition, with the title,’December 5th, 1933′, but realising the song had great potential, both Valli and Parker urged Gaudio to change the songs subject, which became a nostalgic remembrance of a young man’s first affair, being loosely based on the early relationship between Gaudio, and Parker.
‘I felt a rush like a rollin’ ball of thunder, spinnin’ my head around,’n’ takin’ my body under.’