This blog thread is all about the Four Seasons, the rock group whose lead singer is Frankie Valli, and various people associated with them. In post-revision history, the Four Seasons will be shaped into much more of a rock group.
The Four Seasons Quick Facts
Aliases: Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, Frankie Valli, the Wonder Who?
Country: United States
Origin: Newark, New Jersey
Years active: 1960-present
Short description: Italian-American rock band
The Four Seasons are an American rock band. The band members consist of lead singer Frankie Valli (born May 3, 1937 in Newark, NJ), lead and rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist Tommy DeVito (born June 19, 1936 in Newark), keyboardist and backing vocalist Bob Gaudio (born November 17, 1942 in Bronx, NY), bass guitarist and backing vocalist Nick Massi (born September 19, 1935 in Newark), and drummer/percussionist Joe Russo (my invention, born January 17, 1936 in Newark). All five members of the Four Seasons are of Italian descent. The band evolved from the Variety Trio (formed 1951) into the Varietones (1954) into the Four Lovers (1956) until the band's name was changed to the Four Seasons in January 1960.
While there had been a series of highly successful American bands performing the then new genre known as rock music between 1958 and 1960, the Four Seasons were the first rock band to become internationally and phenomenally popular and successful. The band laid the groundwork through their albums and singles not only for future American rock bands, but also for bands from other countries, most notably the Beatles in England.
The high success of the Four Seasons may be attributed to their distinctive sound, marked by influences of doo-wop as well as being inspired by early rock music, rock and roll, country and western music, the blues, and R&B. Additionally, the Four Seasons Sound was often characterized by harmonies traditional to popular music as well as 7th chords and blue notes commonly used in previous rock music and rock and roll. Frankie Valli’s falsetto, which will be kept by the way, makes the Four Seasons one of the first rock bands (if not the first) to frequently utilize the lead vocal as a falsetto. The band remained true to rock music throughout their vast repertoire of songs on their albums and singles; emphasis on electric guitar and drums making use of backbeat were dominant in every song the band has recorded. The rock band's use of orchestral and brass band instruments in their songs was extremely rare. From 1975 to 1978, the band recorded several rock songs that also fit the disco genre, much like the Rolling Stones had done during that period.
All five members of the Four Seasons converted to the Baptist faith on May 2, 1965, following the lead of Tommy DeVito’s brother, classical musician Anthony DeVito (my invention, born 1932), who converted in 1962. The Four Seasons received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1966. They were also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, due to the efforts of their longtime producers, Herbie Mandel (my invention, full name Herbert Solomon Mandel, born August 2, 1918 in Brooklyn, NY) and Bob Crewe (full name Robert Stanley Crewe, born November 12, 1930 in Newark). Prior to this, they had been nominated into the institution upon its opening year, 1986, but were not selected the first time, due to the induction of various acts whose careers started in the 1950s (the birth of rock and roll), such as Elvis Presley, Engelbert Humperdinck, and Buddy Holly. The 1987 ceremony was attended by all five band members in addition to Mandel and Crewe and the other surviving inductees.
The Four Seasons Museum in Newark, NJ, a museum dedicated to the Four Seasons and memorabilia associated with them, opened its doors in April 1985 to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the rock band's recording debut as "The Four Seasons", as marked on their first hit single and album, both released in April 1960.
- As a result of the Four Seasons being much more of a rock band as described here than in the current timeline or version of history, one can expect the band’s repertoire of singles and album tracks to be played routinely on classic rock stations as well as oldies stations.
- As a side note, one can also expect to hear a lot of Elvis and the Beach Boys on classic rock stations as well. Besides songs that are already considered classic rock in this timeline, as well as songs by Elvis, the Four Seasons, and the Beach Boys, classic rock fans will also hear a lot of Chuck Berry songs (i.e. “Johnny B. Goode”) and early hits by the Beatles (i.e. “I Want To Hold Your Hand”, “I Saw Her Standing There”, “A Hard Day’s Night”) and the Stones (i.e. “It’s All Over Now”, “The Last Time”).
- Just like classic rock stations of the current timeline or version of history generally lack Four Seasons songs as well as those by Elvis and the Beach Boys in their libraries, the same can likely be said of oldies stations in regards to songs by Engelbert Humperdinck. But obviously, this will have to change due to Engelbert’s hotly contested rivalry with Elvis in post-revision history, making Engelbert a significant player in popular music during the early rock and roll era, the period of which its repertoire is frequently played on oldies stations. So oldies fans will hear a lot of songs by Engelbert.
Edited by Classicalfan626