The Night (Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons song)

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"The Night"
The Night by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons (cover).jpg
Single by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
from the album Chameleon
B-sideWhen The Morning Comes[1]
Released1972
Recorded1972
GenreNorthern soul[2]
Length3:21
LabelMoWest
Songwriter(s)Al Ruzicka, Bob Gaudio
Producer(s)Bob Gaudio

"The Night" is a song by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons that was originally released in 1972. Although it failed to chart when first released, it became a popular track on the northern soul circuit, which led to a successful UK re-release in the spring of 1975, when it reached no. 7 on the Official Chart.[3]

The song sees Frankie Valli pleading with a girl that he admires to resist the advances of another guy.[4] The album version features the group singing the opening two lines "Beware of his promise, believe what I say" before Valli joins in. The original single version has Valli singing those first two lines.

Valli cited this song as an example of a song that should have been a big hit on first release, but didn't chart due to poor promotion by the MoWest label.[4]

The song was covered by Lene Lovich in 1979, by Intastella in 1995, by Soft Cell in 2002 (The Night was due to be their second single in 1981 but instead they opted for Tainted Love) and Klaxons in 2007. Pulp recorded a version live in Paris for a France Inter radio station Black Session on 17 November 1992.

The song is considered a "Northern Soul" classic due to its heavy bass production and strong beat, as well as the fact that it did not succeed commercially.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons* – The Night". Discogs. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons review – farewell tour has crowd beggin' for him to stay". 29 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Frankie Valli - Official Charts". official charts.com. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  4. ^ a b "The Night by The Four Seasons - Song Facts". songfacts.com. Retrieved 21 March 2016.