"Sherry" is 50 Today

No major weather at the moment, so we are going off-topic: 

Today is the 50th anniversary of the Four Seasons' "Sherry."
From left, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, Frankie Valli, Nick Massi
Sherry was their first big hit and the first of three in a row at #1 on the Billboard charts (followed by "Big Girls Don't Cry" then "Walk Like a Man"). According to Billboard, the Four Seasons (along with Frankie Valli as a soloist) are the ninth most popular group of all time. After many false starts, they got their name from a bowling alley:
The moment the Four Seasons got their name reenacted in "Jersey Boys"

Bob Gaudio tells how he composed "Sherry" in fifteen minutes.

They were part of the fifth class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1990) along with some of the biggest names in music. Coverage of the Seasons starts at 2:43 below:

Their music has been revived for a whole new generation with the Broadway musical Jersey Boys, which is now the 19th longest-running show in Broadway history. A friend of mine saw it for the first time two weeks ago and he posted the following on Facebook:
I've seen it 8 times and will see it for a ninth in Wichita in January. If you haven't seen it, you are missing something very special.

We lost Nick Massi on Christmas Eve 2000. The rest of the original Four Seasons are still with us. Frankie Valli still tours. Bob Gaudio still produces. Tommy DeVito lives in Vegas. You can see Tommy as a crooked card dealer when the movie Casino is on television.

Congratulations to the Four Seasons on this august occasion and for a half-century of great music!

If you'd like to make comments about the Four Seasons, Jersey Boys or where you were the first time you heard "Sherry," feel free.


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