Almost always in the past, New Year’s Eve has been a time that I’ve chosen to stay home, watch a little TV and nestle into bed well before the clock gets close to the midnight hoopla.
But this year, I saw that the Mazatzal Casino is hosting a dinner-concert, with the band, “Oh What A Night,” playing tribute to the 1960s-70s popular group The Four Seasons, as the evening’s main attraction. (Although some may argue that the slow roasted prime rib and baked salmon filet is the main draw.)
So, this year, Ann and I will be heading over to the casino to spend a musical New Year’s Eve.
“Oh What A Night” is billed as “an exciting musical revue, written by Motown producer and consultant George Solomon and directed by award-winning producer-director Michael Chapman. The quartet already has 2013 tours scheduled for Australia, New Zealand and Canada on their schedule.”
This will be the fourth tribute band in the last two years that we’ve taken in at the casino. The first three were simply top-notch — with those bands honoring the Beatles, Eagles and Creedence Clearwater Revival. And I’m not sure which is more enjoyable, listening to the bands or watching the baby-boomers do their “thing” on the dance floor.
As a teenager, I grew up listening to the high-pitched sounds of The Four Seasons, who according to the Vocal Hall of Fame, was the most popular rock band before the Beatles. So this show will be right up my alley.
The Four Seasons actually formed in 1955, with the group’s name at that time The Varitones, then in 1960 became The Four Lovers, before evolving into The Four Seasons.
The quartet was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and is one of the best-selling groups of all time, having sold over 175 million records worldwide.
From 1956 until 1977, the Newark, N.J. group charted 52 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, including 16 songs that made the Top 10.
It was in 1962 that the vocal group had their first big breakthrough hit, “Sherry,” which quickly rose to No. 1 and stayed atop the chart for five consecutive weeks. Later that same year, their follow-up hit, “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” achieved the same feat.
You may also remember The Four Seasons other three No. 1 hits — “Walk Like A Man” (1963), “Rag Doll” (1964) and “December, 1963 (Oh What A Night)” (1976).
Some of the other Four Seasons’ songs that are on the ticket for this New Year’s Eve performance are “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “My Eyes Adored You,” “Working My Way Back To You,” “Let’s Hang On” and “Who Loves You.”
If you might be interested in what promises to be a fun night at the casino, you should contact the casino right away. Karen Ammann, Mazatzal Casino marketing director told me, “We have already sold over 90 percent of the available tickets for this performance, so please tell your readers to call as soon as possible. And we can take orders over the phone.” (474-6044).
This week’s question
This week’s music trivia question is: What is the name of The Four Seasons’ lead singer?
Is the group’s lead singer A) Frankie Valli, B) Frankie Laine, C) Frankie Lymon or D) Frankie Avalon?
If you’re the fourth caller this week and have the right answer, you’ll win a CD of the Four Seasons’ 20 greatest hits.
Last Week’s Music Trivia Question
This past week’s trivia question asked you to name 1970s R&B singer Bill Withers’ top hit, which peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s pop chart for three weeks in the late spring of 1972?
The choices were A) “Bring It On Home To Me,” B) “Walk Through This World With Me,” C) “Lean On Me” and D) “You Send Me.”
The correct answer was “Lean On Me.”
“Bring It On Home To Me” was recorded by a number of artists, most notably by Sam Cooke (1962), the Animals (1965) and was a No. 1 hit for country singer Mickey Gilley (1976).
“Walk Through This World With Me” was the title of country music singer George Jones’ 1967 album and the title of his No. 1 single on that album.
“You Send Me” was a No. 1 hit for Sam Cooke in 1957, then covered that same year by Teresa Brewer and the following year by Aretha Franklin.
Congratulations to last week’s music trivia winner, Judy Corwin, of Payson. Judy really knows her music and has been a winner several times in the past. For her prize, she chose a CD of the 1970s-80s Little River Band’s greatest hits.
A final note
Next week we’ll review the good, the bad and the ugly that happened in music in 2012. For the most part, it was a pretty good year.
Also, if you would like to contribute a prize (gift certificate or otherwise) that will be used as our weekly music trivia award, I would be most appreciative.
A very peaceful and healthy New Year to all.
DJ Craig — 468-1482
Web site: www.djcraiginpayson.com