Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Frankie Valli - JERSEY BOYS - recorded "Sunny" twice, 1968, 2007

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Frankie Valli solo version of “Sunny” from his Timeless LP   A faster tempo  1968

Original tempo.  This is Valli solo, not the Four Seasons

In October 2007, Valli released Romancing the 60s, an album containing covers of his favorite songs from the 1960s, two of which he had previously recorded. Those songs were “Sunny” and “Any Day Now”  This is a new version of “Sunny” updated from the earlier version he performed on “Timeless.”  (some of this info from Wikipedia

Here’s my review of Timeless on

. One of the album’s highlights is a big production of Bobby Hebb’s “Sunny,” Hebb’s original also on the Philips label. Valli changes the words a bit “wonderful and great are simple joys…ooh Sunny, you separate the men from little boys/your love was given/from an open hand/as nature intended from woman to man/way down to Earth with you, Sunny I love you.” Outside of the last four words, it is highly unlikely the song ever included those other lyrics, it having been written for God or for Hebb’s brother, the late Hal Hebb of the Marigolds.

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      From director Clint Eastwood comes the big-screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical “Jersey Boys.”
        The film tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons.  The story of their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the songs that influenced a generation, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Dawn,” “Rag Doll,” “Bye Bye Baby,” “Who Loves You,” and many more.

    These classic hits are now being embraced by a new generation of fans through the stage musical, which has been running on Broadway for more than eight years and has also enjoyed successful tours around the globe.
    Starring in the film, John Lloyd Young reprises his Tony Award-winning portrayal of the legendary lead singer of The Four Seasons, Frankie Valli.  Erich Bergen stars as Bob Gaudio, who wrote or co-wrote all of the group’s biggest hits.  Michael Lomenda and Vincent Piazza star respectively as Nick Massi and Tommy DeVito, two original members of The Four Seasons.  Oscar® winner Christopher Walken (“The Deer Hunter”) stars as mobster Gyp DeCarlo.
        Oscar® winner Eastwood (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Unforgiven”) directed “Jersey Boys” from a screenplay and musical book by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, song music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe.  The film is produced by Eastwood, Graham King and Robert Lorenz, with Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tim Moore, Tim Headington, James Packer and Brett Ratner serving as executive producers.

    The behind-the-scenes creative team was led by Academy Award®-nominated director of photography Tom Stern (“Changeling”); Academy Award®-nominated production designer James J. Murakami, (“Changeling”); Oscar®-winning editor Joel Cox (“Unforgiven”) and editor Gary D. Roach; and costume designer Deborah Hopper. 

           Warner Bros. Pictures presents a GK Films Production, a Malpaso Production, “Jersey Boys.”  Opening nationwide on June 20, 2014, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
This film has been rated R for language throughout.

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