Artist: Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons

Genre: Swing (Jazz)

Notable lyrics:

Pardon the way that I stare,

there’s nothing else to compare,

beside, her view leaves me weak,

there are no words left to speak.

I’m aware of the plethora of covers of this song (Muse, Heath Ledger, et al) but I guarantee you, this is the most authentic and the best version there is (not to mention, the original one). The song has also played a part in several movies as a soundtrack. So, if it rings a bell, you know why.

Having to be one of the most romantically striking songs there is, the hit track was released back in 1967, the pre-revolutionary era (in terms of music, of course), earning a top position in the billboard charts for a whole week (we don’t respect billboard anymore but back then, the competition was tight), and thereby instantly fetching a gilded record for the artists. During the late 60’s, the highly contagious Rock music was all the rage and Jazz had seen better days. Even if the song is listed as a ‘pop rock’ song, there are certain attributes that make it more of a Swing oriented song; the indiscreet bass guitars, the drums, the lively maracas, an occasional trumpet and the heartfelt, sensual singing that is perfect for serenading a love interest. On the other hand, the lyrics are just as flattering as the rest of the song. If only you could imagine how the ladies back in the day were smitten (just watch the live shows, Frank wasn’t kidding around).

With a song that starts off with a bold instrumental piece, it’s important to maintain the same calibre throughout the entire song and just that has been done so immaculately, with the outstanding chorus and thereon. The mid-20th century flair is very conspicuous and adds to the originality of the song belonging to the worldly genre of Jazz. The song fades into a gradual end with the actual performance still being as intense as ever – guess they had to stop somewhere!

I can’t point the exact time or place of the song’s discovery, but all I remember was how bewitched I was; I often found myself obsessively listening to the tune while goofing around, unwinding after a long day or – pretty much all the time. Everyone deserves a wonderful favorite Swing song and this one has to be mine.


Artist: Otis Redding

Genre: R&B/soul

Notable lyrics:

 Squeeze her, don’t tease her, never leave her

Get to her, try, try

Just try a little tenderness, ooh yeah yeah yeah

You got to know how to love her, man,

you’ll be surprised, man

It’s obvious why this song belongs to the genre of ‘soul’ – he puts his soul into it. this song is an excellent specimen of craftsmanship with a heavy dose of drama and perseverance. it almost sounds as if Otis sung the whole song in a single take a.k.a the professional way.

Evidently, this gem from the 60’s, or the ‘era of mind-blowing, skilled & hand-made music’ came to me via ‘pretty in pink’ in which our dear Ducky performs his infamous dance for the same song. as drawn as I was to the song, I immediately looked for it and lo! I’ve got a new dance anthem on my playlist!

As groovy as this song is, it begins as a romantic ballad and slowly makes your feet do their thang. with an intelligent use for saxophones, this song definitely deserves its position in the ‘rock n roll hall of fame’. this sensual song is what one would describe as ‘an original “Hey Jude”’, (they were also released 2 years apart, the Beatles’ song being the latest one) with the essential lessons about wooing a potential lady and keeping her happy and satisfied (take it any way you want). Otis’ raspy and breathless voice gives the song it charm and makes it a spectacle. the song overall remains energetic and yet, consistent.

The next time you find yourself hosting a good ol’ 60’s party, make sure this tune makes it onto your playlist.