Specialist in the latest folk, roots and acoustic-based sounds, with news of the latest album releases and details of artists touring the UK. Plus a chat with Chumbawamba's Jude Abbott and Boff Whalley , and tracks from their new acoustic album The Boy Bands Have Won.
New series 1/4. Recalling a seemingly simpler era, Paul Sexton profiles 1960s pop giants the Four Seasons, whose radio-perfect US chart hits -
Sherry, Big Girls Don't Cry, Walk like a Man, Candy Girl, Dawn (Go Away), Rag Doll, Let's Hang On! and C'mon Marianne - owed much to singer Franki Valli 's piercing falsetto and to the songwriting/ producing/arranging team of Bob Crewe , Bob Gaudio and Charlie Calello. Holding its own against the British invasion, the pop machine also charted in 1965 as the Wonder Who? (with a cover of Bob Dylan 's Don't Think Twice), while solo Valli hit big in 1967 with Can't Take My Eyes off You.
The New Jersey-raised group's mid-70s comeback - with just
Valli remaining from the original line-up - included the US/UK number one December 1963 (Oh, What a Night), while Pilooski's edit of their 1967 hit Beggin' became a UK dance hit in 2007. The series features input from Bob Gaudio , pop veteran Dion DiMucci , original Four Seasons Franki Valli and Tommy DeVito , and various cast and crew of the West End production of the Tony-winning Four Seasons musical Jersey
Boys, which opens next month. Producer Paul Sexton
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