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Sherry and 11 Others

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
60s
Pop
Album of the Day
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

The 4 Seasons' debut, SHERRY AND 11 OTHERS, was an auspicious one; at a time when vocal groups seemed in decline, the 1962 Vee-Jay collection reaffirmed the appeal of pop harmony. Led by Frankie Valli's falsetto, the Newark, New Jersey quartet could sing like angels, but voices weren't the only weapons in their arsenal. Whether on standards or more recent covers like “Oh! Carol” (or a reworking of the group's first charting single, “Apple of My Eye”), producer Bob Crewe provided engaging arrangements. And the Seasons had a gifted songwriter in Bob Gaudio, who penned the title track and co-wrote “Big Girls Don't Cry” - both No.1 singles. The 4 Seasons were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on this day in 1990, and SHERRY AND 11 OTHERS makes that success seem all but inevitable.

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