No, "Seasons" isn't a typo.
I'm pleased to report that
were The Wonder Who?
release of four singles by the Four Seasons
using the name The Wonder Who?
The third single released by the Four Seasons as
The Wonder Who? was "The Lonesome Road,"
a song first recorded in 1927 and subsequently
waxed by more than 200 name artists.
Now let's hear some of the great recordings that were
made by those Four Seasons imitators, the Four-Evers.
With a few breaks along the way, the Four-Evers
might have rivaled the success of the Four Seasons.
Featuring Joey DiBenedetto on lead vocals, the
Four-Evers performed excellent white New York
vocal group doo-wop. Late in 1961 the Four-Evers
recorded an exciting up tempo arrangement of
"You Belong to Me" and released it early in '62.
The Four-Evers' record actually predated by a few
months the ballad version of "You Belong to Me"
that became a hit for the Duprees. This, ladies
and gents, is the stuff of which dreams are made!
"You Belong to Me" - The Four-Evers
(March 1962, uncharted)
In 1963 the Four-Evers began working with
Bob Crewe, the man who helped write and produce
many of the hit records made by the Four Seasons.
Crewe enlisted Bob Gaudio of the Four Seasons to
produce the Four-Evers' debut single for Smash.
"Lover, Come Back to Me" was released around
the time President Kennedy was assassinated.
Like many other great records that fell through
the cracks while a stunned nation was mourning
the loss of the chief executive, "Lover Come
Back to Me" failed to chart.
"Lover, Come Back to Me" - The Four-Evers
(November 1963, uncharted)
The Four-Evers achieved their biggest hit with
"Please Be Mine," a song written by Bob Gaudio.
Less than 100 Smash singles were reportedly pressed
before the title was changed to "Be My Girl." The
record spent the month of June 1964 struggling up
the chart and finished at a disappointing #75.
Win, place, show or scratch, "Be My Girl"
is nuthin' but great Brooklyn doo-wop!
"Be My Girl" ("Please Be Mine") - The Four-Evers
(June 1964, highest chart position #75)
My eyes roll back in my head when I listen
to the glorious harmony on this last featured
Four-Evers release. As one You/Tube commenter
raves, this record is "the pinnacle of white, NYC
doo wop in the early 60's. Magnificent lead with
great background vocals." I agree wholeheartedly!
"(Say I Love You) Doo Bee Dum" - The Four-Evers
(September 1964, highest chart position #119)
THE RAG DOLLS
Meanwhile, Bob Crewe was also busy creating a female
version of the Four Seasons, and in 1964 the Rag Dolls
were born. Like the Pixies Three, our local girl group
stars, the Rag Dolls were a trio consisting of lead
singer and popular session vocalist Jean Thomas
along with Mikie Harris and Susie Lewis.
the Hot 100 with their first single, "Society Girl,"
The real sounds of the season