The 7 best Frankie Valli songs ever

3 May 2018, 14:11 | Updated: 3 May 2018, 17:59

Frankie Valli

Frankie Valli was the leader of one of the 1960s' greatest groups: The Four Seasons.

The falsetto king then went on to secure a highly successful solo career, with songs that live on in the memory decades later, largely thanks to the hugely successful Jersey Boys musical.

Here are just some of his greatest moments:

1. 'December, 1963 (Oh What a Night)'

This saw the Four Seasons make a disco comeback in 1975. Though, it's not actually Frankie Valli on lead vocals! Frankie provided backing vocals while Gerry Polci took the lead.

According to the co-writer Bob Gaudio, the song lyrics were originally set in 1933 with the title 'December 5th, 1933', and celebrated the repeal of Prohibition, but the lyrics were changed by Frankie Valli and lyricist Judy Parker to reposition the song as a nostalgic look back at a young man's first affair with a woman.

2. 'Can't Take My Eyes Off You'

You make know the Andy Williams version better, but Frankie recorded this love song first.

The classic tune was co-written by Bob Gaudio, a bandmate of Valli's in The Four Seasons.

3. 'My Eyes Adored You'

This 1974 song was originally recorded by The Four Seasons. However, after the Motown label balked at the idea of releasing it, the recording was sold to lead singer Valli for $4000. 

It became Valli's biggest solo hit, and went to number one in the US.

4. 'Grease'

The title song for the movie adaptation of Grease, it was written for the movie by Bee Gees star Barry Gibb, and recorded by fellow falsetto singer Frankie, though he didn’t use his upper range this time around.

Peter Frampton plays guitar on the song, which was almost not included in the film as director Randal Kleiser didn’t want to use a contemporary track in a movie set in the 1950s.

5. 'Beggin''

Bob Gaudio and Peggy Farina wrote this soul anthem, and it was a hit for The Four Seasons in 1967.

40 years later, Norwegian group Madcon released a contemporary cover version, and it was a huge hit around the world.

6. 'Big Girls Don't Cry'

One of the Four Seasons' classic tunes, writer Bob Gaudio once said was dozing off while watching the Ronald Reagan movie Tennessee's Partner when he heard a male character slap a woman in the face. After the slap, he replied, "Big girls don't cry." Gaudio wrote the line on a scrap of paper, fell asleep, and wrote the song the next morning.

However, the famous line was actually in the movie Slightly Scarlet, in case you wanted to know.

7. 'Walk Like a Man'

Another Jersey Boys classic, this song is technically one of the most dangerous ever made.

During the recording sessions, the fire department received an emergency call from the building. As producer Bob Crewe was insisting upon recording the perfect take, smoke and water started to seep into the studio. The room directly above the studio was on fire, but Crewe had blocked the studio door. He continued recording until firemen had to use their axes on the door and pull him out.