December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night) by the Four Seasons


On whatever radio station my Mother insisted our car radio be pegged on, “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)” got a healthy amount of play. Having listened to it a couple of 1000 times as a kid, I never really felt the need to revisit the song as an adult. But while driving to the store last night, I was playing with the radio and it was on some light music station and I left it on.

I knew this song was a nostalgic recollection of a guy’s first encounter with a woman, but I knew very little about the song and decided to look it up. There I found an interesting little nugget of trivia. The song was originally called “December 5th, 1933” and it was about the repeal of Prohibition, but the lyrics were changed at the urging of Frankie Vallie and the co-writer of the song, Judy Parker.

I guess they made the right choice, since the song was a huge hit, but I really want to hear the song sung with its original lyrics.


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