The Four Seasons December 1963 Oh What a Night

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The Four Seasons December 1963 Oh What a Night

The Four Seasons December 1963 Oh What a Night

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Bob Gaudio, who co-wrote the song with his future wife Judy Parker,  originally wanted the song’s title to be “December 5th, 1933,” as that was the repeal of Prohibition. While that was no doubt quite a night, Frankie Valli nixed the idea.  So Parker forwarded the date to December 1963 and changed the subject matter to a remembrance of a young man’s first love affair. The song was released on The Four Seasons’ 1975 album Who Loves You. In 1976, it was released as a single, backed with “Slip Away.” It went to #1 in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. It was #2 in New Zealand; #3 in Australia, Belgium, and The Netherlands; and #6 in Norway.

There have been re-mixes of the song. Dutch DJ Ben Liebrand did so in 1988 and 1993. The latter re-release spent 27 weeks on the U.S. Billboard  Hot 100. There have been numerous cover versions, including ones by The Fatback Band, Change, Banda Vallarta Show, Clock, Vitamin C, Wyclef Jean, John Barrowman, and more.  A version in French titled “Cette année-lá” was successful as well.

On the album were Frankie Valli (vocals), Don Ciccone (bass, guitar, vocals), Gerry Polci (drums, vocals), Lee Shapiro (keyboards, string and horn arrangements), John Palva (lead guitar, vocals), Bob Gaudio (producers, keyboards, piano, vocals), and Joe Long (bass guitar, vocals). The lineup has changed over the years, but Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons continue to tour and perform.

Here are the lyrics for “December 1963 (Oh What a Night)” by The Four Seasons:

Oh, what a night
Late December back in sixty-three
What a very special time for me
As I remember what a night.

Oh, what a night
You know I didn’t even know her name
But I was never gonna be the same
What a lady, what a night.

Oh I, I got a funny feelin’ when she walked in the room
Yeah my, as I recall it ended much too soon.

Oh, what a night
Hypnotizin’, mesmerizing me
She was ev’rything I dreamed she’d be
Sweet surrender, what a night.

I felt a rush like a rollin’ ball of thunder
Spinnin’ my head around ‘n’ takin’ my body under
Oh what a night.

Oh I, I got a funny feelin’ when she walked in the room
Yeah my, as I recall it ended much too soon.

Oh what a night, why’d it take so long to see the light
Seemed so wrong, but now it seems so right
What a lady, what a night.

Oh, I felt a rush like a rollin’ ball of thunder
Spinnin’ my head around ‘n’ takin’ my body under
Oh what a night (do do do do do, do do do do do)

Oh what a night (do do do do do, do do do do do)
Oh what a night (do do do do do, do do do do do)
Oh what a night (do do do do do, do do do do do).

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