Can't Take My Eyes Off You

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"Can't Take My Eyes Off You"
Gold record (for the sale of one million copies) for "Can't Take My Eyes Off You", 1967
Single by Frankie Valli
from the album The 4 Seasons Present Frankie Valli Solo
B-side "The Trouble With Me"
Released May 1967
Format 7" 45 rpm vinyl
Recorded April 1967
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:22
Label Philips Records
Writer(s) Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio
Producer(s) Bob Crewe
Certification RIAA gold record
Frankie Valli singles chronology
"The Proud One"
"Can't Take My Eyes Off You"
"I Make a Fool of Myself"

"Can't Take My Eyes Off You" is a 1967 single by Frankie Valli. The title is a shortened version of the composers' title of "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You", which has led to long-term confusion over the song's title. The song was among Valli's biggest hits, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earning a gold record. It was Valli's biggest "solo" hit until he hit #1 in 1975 with "My Eyes Adored You".[1] "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" has had a major cultural impact, with hundreds of cover versions, many of which have been on the charts themselves in different countries. The song is a staple of television and film soundtracks, even being featured as part of the plot of some films, such as when the lead characters sing or arrange their own version of the song. The Valli version was also used by NASA as a wake-up song for a mission of the Space Shuttle, on the anniversary of astronaut Christopher Ferguson.


The song was written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio. Arrangement was done by Artie Schroeck and Gaudio.[2] The original recording was made at A&R Recording Studios at 799 7th Avenue, with Bob Crewe producing and Phil Ramone as the engineer.

Notable cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered by some 200 artists over the years, in many countries, under both versions of the title. A few notable examples of cover versions that appeared on the charts:



  • In 1970, Brook Benton recorded the song in his album Brook Benton Today.[5]
  • In 1974, Anna Maria Alberghetti performed the song as part of a medley on the 1974 Jerry Lewis Labor Day MDA Telethon.
  • In 1975, Julio Iglesias sang the song on his TV show.
  • Shirley Bassey recorded this as a United Artist Single in 1976
  • Maureen McGovern (#27 on the US Adult Contemporary chart in 1979; #5 Canadian AC in 1980).[6]
  • In 1982, San Francisco based disco band Boys Town Gang performed a disco version of the song which reached number one in the Netherlands and number four in the United Kingdom.[7][8] This version was also successful in Japan, receiving a gold digital certification by the RIAJ in 2011, and is also on games such as Just Dance 4.
  • In 1987, Hong Kong singer Prudence Liew recorded a Cantonese version and released it as the fourth single from her sophomore album Why.




In popular culture[edit]

In Film, Musicals and Television[edit]

The song is a staple of film and television soundtracks, such as being used in the soundtrack of Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), and Coneheads (1993). Some films incorporate it as a significant part of the plot, such as in The Deer Hunter (1978), where many characters begin to sing along with the jukebox at a bar and during the wedding reception. At the 51st Academy Awards, part of the song was played when an award was given to the film.

In the 1997 film Conspiracy Theory, Julia Roberts sings along to the song while she is being watched through binoculars by Mel Gibson, who is singing the song at the same time. Later in the film they sing the song again. In 2002 it was featured in a deleted scene of Scooby Doo sung by Linda Cardellini (Velma).

It is used in the plot in Son of the Mask (2005), Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), and in the 1999 film 10 Things I Hate About You, where the performance by Heath Ledger was nominated for Best Musical Sequence in the 2000 MTV Movie Awards.

The song is featured prominently in the Broadway musical Jersey Boys (2005) and the Clint Eastwood-directed cinematic release of the same name ( 2014). In both cast albums it is performed by John Lloyd Young as Valli.

In the show HBO Entourage, Vincent Chase (portrayed by Adrian Grenier) and his brother Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon) sing the song at a Sweet Sixteen in a season 5 episode.

The song features heavily in the TV series Gavin & Stacey and was sung by lead character Gavin's parents Mick & Pam Shipman at his wedding to Stacey West.

The song is heard in a ESPN TV commercial for the Monday Night Football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans on November 17, 2014.

The song was heard in the Scorpion episode, "Risky Business", sung by Katharine McPhee (as Paige Dineen).

The song was the theme for a foxtrot on Season 19 of the TV series Dancing With the Stars, earning contestant Sadie Robertson a perfect score with pro-dancing partner Mark Ballas on November 10, 2014.

In Sport[edit]

The song has been adopted by fans of the Welsh national football team and is regularly sung at games. The supporters band, known as The Barry Horns, play a brass band arrangement of the song. The song is also sung by the fans of Fulham Football Club and the song is regularly played after home games. MK Dons fans have a song called "We love you Lewie" to the tune in reference to club legend Dean Lewington.


The song is playable in Just Dance 4.

It has also been adopted as the song of Derwent College, University of York, in the United Kingdom. In 2008, Valli's version of the song was played by NASA as the morning wake-up call for astronaut Christopher Ferguson, in honor of his anniversary while he was on the STS-126 Space Shuttle mission (WAV MP3).


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  2. ^ page for Can't Take My Eyes Off You Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  3. ^ The Lettermen's charting singles Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  4. ^ Nancy Wilson's charting singles Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  5. ^ page for Brook Benton Today Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  6. ^
  7. ^ Top 40 of June 24, 1982 Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  8. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 74. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  9. ^ Gloria Gaynor - Can't Take My Eyes Off You - YourDancefloorTV on YouTube. Retrieved June 9, 2012.
  10. ^ Pet Shop Boys' charting singles Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  11. ^ Dutch Top 40 year list of 1992 Retrieved October 10, 2014.
  12. ^ Coneheads, Original Soundtrack Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  13. ^ Lauryn Hill's charting singles Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  14. ^ Barry Manilow's charting albums. Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  15. ^ Julee Karan's Discography Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  16. ^ Cátia Tavares participa na banda sonora de Espírito Indomável. Retrieved November 12, 2010.
  17. ^ Kelly Jones sing Gary Speed Tribute Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  18. ^ Sandaime J Soul Brothers LIVE TOUR 2012 "0 - Zero -" [Blu-ray] Retrieved August 28, 2013
  19. ^ Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Walk off the Earth (Feat. Selah Sue) on YouTube Retrieved January 16th, 2013.
  20. ^ Girls' Generation Second Japan Arena Tour Set List Retrieved April 5th, 2013.
  21. ^ 2013 Girls' Generation World Tour Set List. Retrieved June 9, 2013.

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