memories of the ’70s – December 1963 by The Four Seasons

The second week of March in 1976 was memorable for The Four Seasons, who hit the top of the charts with their song December 1963.

The song written by group member Bob Gaudio and his wife Judy Parker, initially was written about the end of Prohibition, which was declared over in December 1933.

But fellow group member Franki  Valli encouraged Gaudio to make the song more contemporary by changing the lyrics to reflect more recent times. Gaudio rewrote the song for 1963 and thought about the the time he met his wife Judy.

Released as a single in December 1975 on Warner Records, December 1963 (Oh What a Night), the dance/rock/disco song was a steady climber up the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

By the second week of March, the song was in the number one spot, where it stayed for three weeks. Listen to it here.

Certified gold, the single was the second single from the group’s album Who Loves You and became the group’s all time best-selling single of all time. It also marked the new version of the Four Seasons, decidedly different from its 1960s version.

Remixed and re-released in the 1980s and 1990s, both times the song hit the Billboard charts, giving the song  December 1963 (Oh What a Night) another life with new listeners.



About Waheeda Harris

A pop culture junkie with a penchant for exploring our planet.
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