Today in Four Seasons Music History, December 27, 1976–December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night) Debuts on Billboard’s Hot 100! @frankievalliDecember 27th, 2016
Steven Housman’s Music Chart Facts states that on December 27, 1975 – 41 Years Ago Today: The 4 Seasons debuted at No. 85 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart with their single, “December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night).” This Bob Gaudio/Judy Parker-penned song was the second consecutive Top Ten from their comeback album, “Who Loves You,” which produced the leadoff single and title track which peaked at No. 3 six weeks prior. This single began a 3-week run at No. 1 on March 13, 1976 becoming their first chart-topper in nearly 12 years. It was also their 29th Top 40, 15th Top Ten and 5th No. 1. It was certified Gold and became the longest charted single of their career spending nearly 27 weeks on the chart. In 1994, the single was reissued as a dance remix and peaked at No. 14 and spent an additional 27 weeks on the Hot 100 giving it a total of 54 weeks on the Hot 100 making it the 24th longest charted single in history to date and the longest running single released in the 1970s. The 4 Seasons were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. Noteworthy: The song features drummer Gerry Polci on lead vocals, with usual lead Frankie Valli singing the bridge sections and backing vocals and late bass player Don Ciccone singing falsetto.