With the on-off? UK tour and summer holidays the blog has hiccupped this year and we are only now catching up. George Ingram’s Summer Newsletter was bouncing in through our post boxes before we could draw breath in July and it is only now the digital download is available. So apologies to all our world wide followers for the delay….but what a treat.
34 pages packed with reviews of the live concerts, articles and past releases as usual. Perhaps the most striking thing historically is how the media regarded the Four Seasons then with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons now. THEN was 1975/76 and the group were a ‘band’….well almost a rock band…and an oldies group too with 14 years of success since Sherry. In fact this was over a decade before their induction into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame. And their biggest ever record was just coming out….a world wide NR 1. The record reviews are somewhat ‘understated’ and the articles interesting in the view of their history and abilities at that time. Bob Crewe has a rare article reviewing his successes and no-one could have appreciated that by 2013 the group from then and before would be legendary and still high up in the public’s heart.
The key of course is the success of Jersey Boys and these pages do contrast the current ‘JB’ style of show with the previous high profile recording career of the group and the different ‘group’ sound. Perhaps what shines through is the great comradeship amongst the current ‘backing group’ to Frankie Valli and the band. A very different approach and presentation to 1976 but still generating a great night’s entertainment for the public. The showmanship of Frankie Valli and his team shows through and almost always has……that is the secret of his longevity as a performer. The batteries are still charged.
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