Written by cycleguy on September 9th, 2018

Last week I decided I would do a short blog series on my Top 5 songs of all time. My #1 song of all time is Crystal Blue Persuasion by Tommy James and the Shondells. Floyd was not surprised (see comments).  🙂  I guess I’ve written about him quite a bit for him to know.

My #2 song is another one which does not seem to fit the times I grew up in. I was born in 1952 so that means my teenage years were during the ’60s. I graduated from high school in 1970 so my high school years were smack dab in the middle of the “peace, love, sex” era. Woodstock. Haight Ashbury. Black Power. Drugs. LSD.  A whole host of other recognizable markers. But it was the music which set it apart from previous generations.

Before those formative high school years music was different. I can remember a classmate named Chuck. In 8th grade he listened to The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Four Tops and others. Come 9th grade his musical tastes had changed to rock and the early psychedelic music.  Definitely a 360. But I hadn’t quite latched onto the new music…not yet. That’s where my #2 song of all time comes in at.

There was this group made up of 4 singers. One guy, though, had a really unique voice. Once they hit it big with songs like Dawn (Go Away) and Sherry that voice was never mistaken. In fact, every recording had a signature: “Featuring the sound/voice of Frankie Valli.” I liked the 4 Seasons…still do. I still listen to them. But this one song hit me the first time I heard it and never left. I listened to it over and over (I’m sure my mom got sick of hearing it). I wore out the 45 (remember those?). Then I wore out the album it was on. Even today, I never get tired of hearing it. It featured Frankie’s tenor but not his falsetto voice.

Here is my #2 song of all time. Hope you enjoy it and maybe it will even bring back memories.


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Another one of my favorites, too, Bill! Frankie Valli had a unique voice, indeed.

  2. Pam says:

    Love that song–and still sing it often to Dick! Thanks for sharing, Bill. That tune will be playing in my mind for the rest of the day!

  3. floyd samons says:

    Well you didn’t fool me on the first one, but you did this one!

    I love that song too! I remember me and my cousin singing that song at the top of our lungs.

    He had serious talent and later used other’s talents to make timeless music too.

    If you get a chance look up Oh What a Night with him and Gerry Polci, the drummer, doing the majority of the singing.

    Love me some music too!

    • cycleguy says:

      Thanks for sending me the link. I like the song (not too sure about the message) but it was during the disco era and it was one of the few I liked or would listen to. (I wasn’t a disco fan). He’s got a good voice.