Frankie Valli used to be the only name people recognized from TheFour Seasons. But the Broadway musical and film Jersey Boys changed that: Now, more people know about Bob Gaudio.
In addition to singing and playing keyboards, Gaudio wrote or co-wrote most of The Four Seasons’ hits, including Sherry, Walk Like a Man, Big Girls Don’t Cry, and Rag Doll.
Today Gaudio joins Fresh Air to talk about his experience in The Four Seasons.
Here he tells Terry Gross how they were different than other harmonized groups:
"I think part of what made us what we are and different than say, the Beach Boys — our closest harmony rivals at the time — was the individuality of the voices. … We didn’t harmonize like the normal blending vocal group. We were four distinctly different voices, unlike The Beach Boys who had this brotherly [sound] — like the Everly Brothers, you know, you just couldn’t tell them apart.
We had characters in the group [and we] had the same issues vocally as we did trying to make music. We had different personalities and we clashed and I’d like to think … that’s part of what made the records what they were. They were edgy, they had some anger in them, they had some passion in them and it made us different than anything else on the radio.”
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