Random Song: December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)
Hey, remember when this song randomly dominated the radio back in the day? Because I do. At some point in the early 90s, this song dominated the airwaves on Q103. I never really objected to the song, per se. At the time, I don't think I really picked up on the meaning of the song and I don't think I realized that it was a remix of a Four Seasons single that was originally released back in December of 1975.
Some fascinating tidbits about this song, courtesy of Wikipedia:
- It's not Frankie Valli on lead vocals- it is, in fact, the drummer Gerry Polci, which I guess makes this the Four Seasons equivalent of 'Octopus's Garden' or 'Yellow Submarine' (Valli is singing the bridge sections and backing vocals and it's the bass player, Don Ciccone on the Falsetto.
- Originally, this was set in 1933. "with the title 'December 5th, 1933' and celebrated the repeal of Prohibition, but the lyrics were changed at the urgings of Frankie Valli and lyricist Parker to reposition the song as a nostalgic remembrance of a young man's first affair with a woman, and, more specifically, Gaudio's courtship with his wife, Judy Parker."
- It was remixed in 1988 by Dutch DJ and producer Ben Liebrand, who remixed it and re-released it as a single. In 1993, Curb Records who released the original version of the song picked it up and put it out to the US Market, and the rest is history.