December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)

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"December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)"
Single by The Four Seasons
from the album Who Loves You
B-side"Slip Away"
ReleasedDecember 1975
Format7"
RecordedNovember 1975
GenreDance-rock, disco
Length3:36
3:20 (single version)
LabelWarner / Curb
Writer(s)Bob Gaudio, Judy Parker
Producer(s)Bob Gaudio
CertificationRIAA gold
The Four Seasons singles chronology
"Who Loves You"
(1975)
"December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)"
(1975)
"Silver Star"
(1976)
 
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"December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)"
Single by The Four Seasons
from the album Who Loves You
B-side"Slip Away"
ReleasedDecember 1975
Format7"
RecordedNovember 1975
GenreDance-rock, disco
Length3:36
3:20 (single version)
LabelWarner / Curb
Writer(s)Bob Gaudio, Judy Parker
Producer(s)Bob Gaudio
CertificationRIAA gold
The Four Seasons singles chronology
"Who Loves You"
(1975)
"December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)"
(1975)
"Silver Star"
(1976)

"December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)" is a hit single by The Four Seasons, written by original Four Seasons keyboard player Bob Gaudio and his future wife Judy Parker, produced by Gaudio, and included on the group's 1975 album, Who Loves You.

The song features drummer Gerry Polci on lead vocals, with usual lead Frankie Valli singing the bridge sections and backing vocals.

Song origins[edit]

The song was originally about the repeal of Prohibition with the title of "December 5th, 1933,"[1] but the lyrics were changed at the urgings of Frankie Valli and lyricist Parker. The song became a nostalgic remembrance of a young man's first affair with a woman.

Composition[edit]

The song is an up-tempo, piano-led dance song with a distinct and easily recognizable opening drum and then piano riff. It is written in 4/4 and in the key of D-flat major.

1975 release[edit]

The single was released in December 1975 and hit number one on the UK Singles Chart on February 21, 1976. It repeated the feat on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on March 13, 1976, remaining in the top spot for three weeks and one week on Cash Box. On April 10th of the same year, it topped the RPM National Top Singles Chart in Canada.[2] New drummer Gerry Polci and bassist Don Ciccone shared lead vocals with long-time frontman Frankie Valli.

1988 and 1993 remixes[edit]

In both 1988 and 1993, the song was remixed by Dutch deejay and producer Ben Liebrand and rereleased as a single.[3][4] The 1993 rerelease spent 27 weeks on the Hot 100 (matching the chart life of the original 1975 single). The peak position of the 1993 remix version was #14. Adding together the two 27-week chart runs for the 1975 original single and the 1993 remix version (for a combined total of 54 weeks, two more weeks than a full year) gave the song the longest tenure ever on the Billboard Hot 100 music chart up to that time. The tenure has since been surpassed many times.[5]

Music video[edit]

A music video was produced to accompany the original 1975 release.[6]

Charts[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1976)Peak
position
UK Singles Chart1
U.S. Billboard Hot 1001
Canadian RPM Top Singles Chart1
Chart (1994)Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 10014

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1976)Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[7]4
End of year chart (1994)Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[8]89

Cover versions[edit]

Contemporary usage[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
"Forever and Ever" by Slik
UK number-one single
February 21, 1976 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"I Love to Love (But My Baby Loves to Dance)" by Tina Charles
Preceded by
"Love Machine" by The Miracles
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
March 13, 1976 - March 27, 1976
Succeeded by
"Disco Lady" by Johnnie Taylor
Preceded by
"All by Myself" by Eric Carmen
Cash Box Top 100 singles
March 20, 1976
Succeeded by
"Dream Weaver" by Gary Wright
Preceded by
"Dream Weaver" by Gary Wright
RPM number-one single (Canada)
April 10, 1976
Succeeded by
"Lonely Night (Angel Face)" by Captain and Tennille