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The Four Seasons: Jersey Days
Four Seasons, The
"The Four Seasons were one of the most successful pop groups of the 1960s, and their story is told in the play "Jersey Boys". But how much do you know about the group and their early recordings? This is the first of two quizzes, covering up to 1965."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
The Four Seasons performed together as the Four Lovers from 1954 until 1961, when they renamed themselves after the Four Seasons Bowling Alley in Union Township, NJ. What else did the Four Lovers changes when they became the Four Seasons?
The band began its warm-up with Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons"
They began to perform regularly at the bowling alley
Two of the members formed a partnership, excluding the other two
They got their first merchandising contract, because the owner of the alley paid them for the publicity
The Four Lovers featured Four Seasons lead singer Frankie Valli and guitarist-singer Tom DeVito when they had a regional hit in 1956 with Otis Blackwell's "You're the Apple of My Eye" for RCA. The group had originally intended to record another Blackwell song. Which one?
Great Balls of Fire
Don't Be Cruel
Before joining the Four Lovers in 1958, Four Seasons keyboardist-guitarist-singer Bob Gaudio had dropped out of high school after co-writing a major hit for his first band. What was the hit?
To Know Him Is to Love Him
(Who Wears) Short Shorts
According to the play "Jersey Boys", a mutual friend introduced Bob Gaudio to Tommy DeVito, leading to Gaudio joining the Four Lovers. Who was it?
Who produced all of the Four Seasons and Frankie Valli solo records in the 1960s?
From their very first single in 1961, the Four Seasons needed to use at least one session musician. Why?
The Four Lovers were contracted to another label as backing musicians
None of the Four Seasons played drums
Under the union contract, at least one studio musician had to play in each session
The Four Seasons were primarily singers, except for Bob Gaudio
The first single credited to the Four Seasons was released in 1961 on tiny Gone Records. What was it?
An Angel Cried
Which label signed the Four Seasons as its first white artist in 1962 ... and hit the jackpot when the group's first three singles for the label went straight to number one?
What was the first Four Seasons song to reach the Top Twenty on the Billboard Hot 100 that was not written or co-written by Bob Gaudio?
Let's Hang On!
Walk Like a Man
To which girl did the Four Seasons sing: "Flirtin' with the boys on the corner, you're such a bad girl. Tellin' me you're out with your mother, that's a lie, but I still love my --------"?
To which girl did the Four Seasons sing: "Girl, we can't change the places where we were born"?
Which Four Seasons song was inspired by a street windshield washer?
Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby Goodbye)
Dawn (Go Away)
Big Man in Town
The English group the Tremeloes heard the B-side to a hit Four Seasons single (written by Bob Gaudio and Bob Crewe) and recorded a sound-alike cover of it, giving themselves a U.K. number one single in 1967 that also earned a gold record for sales in the U.S. What song was it?
Silence Is Golden
The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)
Here Comes My Baby
Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby Goodbye)
Although both the Four Seasons and the Beatles had switched record companies, the former label for both artists released a double album in late 1964 containing songs from both. What was the album called?
Crossing the Pond: The Beatles Battle the Four Seasons!
Sixties Supremacy: The Four Seasons Meet the Beatles!
The Beatles vs. the Four Seasons: The International Battle of the Century!
Beatlemania! Seasonmania! The Showdown!
In 1965, something that had never happened to the Four Seasons before took place with two consecutive Four Seasons singles on Philips ("Toy Soldier" and "Girl Come Running"), sending shock waves through the group. What was it?
Bob Gaudio was sued over the songwriting credits for both songs
Both singles were banned by the BBC
Both singles failed to reach the Billboard Top 20 in the U.S.
Both A-sides were "flipped" in favor of their B-sides
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