Silver Star (song)

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"Silver Star"
Single by The Four Seasons
from the album Who Loves You
B-side "Mystic Mr. Sam"
Released May 1976
Format 7"
Recorded April 1976
Genre Rock
Length 3:48 (single), 6:03 (album)
Label Warner/Curb Records
Writer(s) Bob Gaudio-Judy Parker
Producer(s) Bob Gaudio
The Four Seasons singles chronology
"December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)"
(1975)
"Silver Star"
(1976)
"Down the Hall"
(1977)

"Silver Star" is the lead song on the The Four Seasons album Who Loves You. As was the case of all the songs on the LP, it was written by Bob Gaudio and Judy Parker and produced by Gaudio.[1][2] Drummer Gerry Polci sang lead. Frankie Valli's contribution was limited to harmony vocals at the end of the recording, since he was gradually losing his hearing in the 1970s due to otosclerosis. An operation restored most of Valli's hearing in the 1980s.[3]

Released on the heels of the #3 (US) hit "Who Loves You" and the #1 "December 1963 (Oh, What A Night)", both of which Polci was also lead or co-lead, the single was an edited version of a six-minute, nine second, song that married lyrics of love and Western movies with a disco beat that was the signature of "Who Loves You". The single reached only #38 on the Billboard Hot 100, but in the United Kingdom, acceptance was much more widespread, as "Silver Star" reached #3 on the UK singles chart,[4] although its chart run was short-lived and somewhat erratic there.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joel Whitburn, The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (5th edition), Billboard Books 1992 ISBN 0-8230-8280-6
  2. ^ Fred Bronson, The Billboard Book of Number One Hits (3rd edition), Billboard Books 1992 ISBN 0-8230-8298-9
  3. ^ Fred Bronson, The Billboard Book of Number One Hits (3rd edition), Billboard Books 1992 ISBN 0-8230-8298-9
  4. ^ Jay Warner, American Singing Groups: A History From 1940 to Today (Hal Leonard Books 2006) ISBN 0-634-09978-7
  5. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 50 for 16 May 1976 - 22 May 1976". The Official UK Charts Company. 1976-05-16. Retrieved 2015-07-09.