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
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. This was the third single in a row as Polci had sung lead on Who Loves You & December '63 as well. 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)", 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]

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