Specialist in the latest folk, roots and acoustic-based sounds, with news of the latest album releases and details of artists touring the UK. And Orcadian singer/musician Kris Drever reveals his favourite tour-bus tunes.
2/4. Paul Sexton continues a profile of pop giants the Four Seasons, who had several UK hits but rank among the top five of all groups in the US charts of the 1960s, maintaining huge popularity even during the onslaught of the Beatles-led British invasion.
The story shifts to their chart debut in 1962, when lead singer Frankie Valli's piercing falsetto punctured the airwaves with two socko number ones - Sherry and Big Girls Don't Cry - followed in early 1963 by a third consecutive chart-topper, Walk Like a Man. The latter flaunted a rather camp coupling of subject matter and high-octave vocal register, and in 1985 proved apt material for drag artist Divine's irreverent cover version. The programme features input from songwriter Denny Randell, who with Sandy Linzer co-wrote the Four Seasons' 1966 hits Working My Way Back to You (a huge Spinners cover in 1980), Opus 17 (Don't You Worry 'bout Me) and the US/UK autumn 1965 smash Let's Hang On!, whose fuzz guitar sound drew from the Rolling Stones' summer single (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction.
Singer Frankie Valli explains how he was still living modestly even after the group had hit big.
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