Sherry (song)

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"Sherry"
Single by The Four Seasons
from the album Sherry & 11 Others
B-side "I've Cried Before"
Released February 1962
Format 7" single
Recorded January 1962
Genre Rock
Length 2:32
Label Vee-Jay Records
Writer(s) Bob Gaudio
Producer(s) Bob Crewe
The Four Seasons singles chronology
"Bermuda/Spanish Lace"
(1961)
"Sherry"
(1962)
"Big Girls Don't Cry"
(1962)

"Sherry" is a song written by Bob Gaudio and recorded by The Four Seasons.

Song information[edit]

According to Gaudio, the song took about 15 minutes to write and was originally titled "Jackie Baby" (in honor of then-First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy).[1] In a 1968 interview, Gaudio said the the song was inspired by the earlier song "Hey! Baby".[2]

At the studio, the name was changed to "Terri Baby", and eventually to "Sherry", the name of the daughter of Gaudio's best friend, New York DJ Jack Spector. One of the names that Gaudio pondered for the song was "Peri Baby," which was the name of the record label for which Bob Crewe worked, named after the label owner's daughter.

The single's B-side was "I've Cried Before". Both tracks were included in the group's subsequent album release, Golden Hits of the 4 Seasons (1963).[3]

Reception[edit]

It was the band's first nationally-released single and their first number one hit, reaching the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on September 15, 1962. It remained at number one for five consecutive weeks, and number one on the R&B charts for one week. The song appears on the soundtrack of 2011 film The Help.[4]

Covers[edit]

A version of the song was later recorded and released by British singer/songwriter Adrian Baker. It was released in July 1975 along with "I Was Only Fooling" on the Magnet Records label (MAG 34). Another version was recorded by British pop group Dreamhouse, which appears on their debut album, released in 1998.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sasfy, Joe. Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons: 1961-1967, Time-Life Records "The Rock 'N' Roll Era" (1987)
  2. ^ Bob Gaudio interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969).
  3. ^ Golden Hits of the 4 Seasons at AllMusic
  4. ^ "The Help (Music From the Motion Picture)". Amazon.com. July 26, 2011. Retrieved January 30, 2012. 

"Joel Whitburn's, Presents, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004", 2004 (Record Research)

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Preceded by
"Sheila" by Tommy Roe
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
September 15, 1962
Succeeded by
"Monster Mash" by Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers
Preceded by
"Green Onions" by Booker T. & The MG's
Billboard Hot R&B Singles number-one single
October 6, 1962
Succeeded by
"Green Onions" by Booker T. & The MG's