By Thiom Jennings firstname.lastname@example.org
Niagara Gazette — Three legendary acts from the 1960s will be in the area this weekend.
Across the border, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will be doing a two night run at The Fallsview Casino on Friday and Saturday. On the U.S side on Saturday night, The Temptations with special guests The Four Tops will be performing at the Seneca Niagara Showroom on Saturday.
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons formed in 1960, the original lineup has been inducted in both The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. They had their first major hit in 1962 with “Sherry.”
Everyone knows the familiar falsetto chorus to “Sherry,” but one interesting bit of trivia about the song was that its original working title was “Jackie Baby,” in honor of the first lady at the time, Jacqueline Kennedy.
The group went on to have many other hits including “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Candy Girl” and my personal favorite, “ December, 1963 (Oh What a Night)” During my years as a wedding and party disc jockey, that song always filled the dance floor and got crowds singing along.
In recent years, The Four Seasons are best known for being the subject of the smash hit musical “Jersey Boys,” a Broadway play that includes all of their great hits from the 1960s. If you are a fan of the musical, you will certainly want to catch Frankie Valli when he is in the area. Tickets for the show start at $75 and are available through Ticketmaster.
Like The Four Seasons, The Temptations formed in 1960 and had their first major chart success in 1962. They are also inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and their list of hits include “My Girl,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” and “Do You Love Me.”
The group has undergone many lineup changes since 1960. Of the original five members of the group, only one is still living, Otis Williams, who still performs with the band. The current lineup’s most recent album release is entitled “Still Here.” The group released the album in May of 2010.
I saw them in the early 1980’s and really enjoyed the show. The vocal harmonies and stage presence is something from a bygone era. Newer groups like One Direction could learn a lot by watching The Temptations.
Of all the bands mentioned in this article, none have been around as long as The Four Tops, who formed in 1953. They had the same lineup from 1953-1997, and impressive feat to say the least. The group’s hits include “Baby I Need Your Loving,” and “Reach Out I’ll Be There.” They are members of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Vocal Group Hall of Fame and they are on The Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Tickets for The Temptations and The Four Tops start at $30 and are available through Ticketmaster.
It’s incredible to think that three Rock and Roll Hall of Fame groups that have sold hundreds of millions of records will be on both sides of Niagara Falls Saturday night.Thom Jennings covers the local music scene for Night & Day.