Swearin' to God

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"Swearin' to God"
Swearin' to God - Frankie Valli.jpg
Single by Frankie Valli
from the album Closeup
B-side"Why"
ReleasedMay 1975 (1975-05)
GenreDisco, Funk
Length10:09 (LP), 4:05 (single)
LabelPrivate Stock
Songwriter(s)Bob Crewe, Denny Randell
Producer(s)Bob Crewe
Frankie Valli singles chronology
"My Eyes Adored You"
(1974)
"Swearin' to God"
(1975)
"Our Day Will Come"
(1975)

"Swearin' to God" is a song written by Bob Crewe and Denny Randell. It was recorded by Frankie Valli and released in May 1975 as a single from his album Closeup.[1][2][3][4] It is a love song whose lyrical hook is a more literal use of the expression "I swear to God" (i.e., "I mean this sincerely"):

I'm swearin' to God / So glad He's givin' me you

The first Valli song to incorporate the disco style (it runs four minutes as a single but just over ten minutes on the album),[3] "Swearin' to God" features Patti Austin singing a response to Valli's praise in the bridge.[1][4] "Swearin' to God" hit number 6 on the U.S. Billboard charts[2] and also charted #31 in the UK.[5]

Cash Box said of the edited single version that "Frankie's distinct vocal delivery meets a big, brassy arrangement and the result is a song that will surely skyrocket to the top."[6]

Chart history[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Bronson, Fred (October 1, 2003). "Grease (RSO 897): Frankie Valli". The Billboard Book of Number One Hits: Updated and Expanded 5th Edition. Random House Digital. p. 488. ISBN 0823076776. Retrieved 2013-01-22.
  3. ^ a b Browne, Ray Broadus; Browne, Pat (2001). "Four Seasons, The". The Guide to United States Popular Culture. Popular Press. p. 296. ISBN 0879728213. Retrieved 2013-01-22.
  4. ^ a b CWMartin (December 18, 2010). "Step into My Time Machine Week Thirty-Four" (blog). Tilting at Windmills. Blogspot. Retrieved 2013-01-22.
  5. ^ "officialcharts.com". officialcharts.com. Retrieved June 1, 2021.
  6. ^ "CashBox Record Reviews" (PDF). Cash Box. May 3, 1975. p. 20. Retrieved 2021-12-11.
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 319. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  8. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1975-07-12. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  9. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1975-07-19. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  10. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  11. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 245.
  12. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 Singles, August 2, 1975". Archived from the original on June 20, 2015. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  13. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". collectionscanada.gc.ca.
  14. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". collectionscanada.gc.ca.
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  16. ^ "Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 27, 1975". Archived from the original on October 22, 2016. Retrieved February 15, 2018.