In this edition of Across The Tracks we salute the music artists that passed away in 2020.
Featured in the program: Uriah Heep, Hal Ketchum, McGuire Sisters, Mountain, KT Oslin, Charlie Pride, Van Halen, Spencer Davis Group, Rance Allen, Billy Joe Shaver, Johnny Nash, Outfield, Helen Reddy, Mac Davis, Four Seasons, Kool & The Gang, Bay City Rollers, Sweet, Wayne Fontana, Fleetwood Mac, Charlie Daniels Band, Bobby Lewis, Millie Small, Bonnie Pointer, John Prine, Fountains of Wayne, Kingston Trio, Robert Parker and Rush.
The Four Seasons are an American rock and pop band that became internationally successful in the 1960s and 1970s. Since 1970, they have also been known at times as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. In 1960, the band known as The Four Lovers evolved into the Four Seasons, with Frankie Valli as the lead singer, Bob Gaudio (formerly of the Royal Teens) on keyboards and tenor vocals, Tommy DeVito on lead guitar and baritone vocals, and Nick Massi on electric bass and bass vocals.
The legal name of the organization is the Four Seasons Partnership, formed by Gaudio and Valli taken after a failed audition in 1960. While singers, producers, and musicians have come and gone, Gaudio and Valli remain the band’s constant (with each owning fifty percent of the act and its assets, including virtually all of its recording catalog). Gaudio no longer plays live, leaving Valli the only member of the band from its inception who is touring as of 2019.
The Four Seasons were one of only two American bands (the other being the Beach Boys) to enjoy major chart success before, during, and after the British Invasion. The band’s original line-up was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, and joined the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999. They are one of the best-selling musical groups of all time, having sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide.
This week on Sounds of The 60’s: Rascals. Three Dog Night, Chicago, Chubby Checker, Otis Redding, Beatles, Isley Brothers, Kinks, Mary Wells, Johnny Cash, Richard Harris, Nancy Sinatra, Four Seasons, Dion, Elton John, Koko Taylor, Edwin Starr and many many more . . .
This week on the Vinyl Resting Place we start our new three hour time slot, sorry. But we’re breaking format a bit and rather than going with all the obscure songs and odd ball themes I thought we’d kick things off with the top 45 songs that all came out on 45s during the year 1965. To spice it up a bit, I’m playing the stereo versions of all the songs (except 1) – and we’re going to throw in some air checks from the that year, A Huntley Brinkley Time capsule and even a guest spot from Bob Newhart.
Here is a few of the artists featured; Four Seasons, Beach Boys, Searchers, Herman’s Hermits, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, Supremes, Beatles, Byrds, McCoys, Temptations, Freddie and the Dreamers, Rolling Stones, Righteous Brothers, Sonny & Cher and many more.
This week on the History of Rock and Roll: Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons and The Beach Boys