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In 1962, a song called "Sherry" blasted from AM radios with a facile falsetto vocal so impossibly precise, many thought it had "one-hit wonder" written all over it. Forty-eight Hot 100 singles later, Frankie Valli (Born Francis Castelluccio) is still a giant of the male vocal pop of his era. He's a complete singer, with a multi-octave range and the ability to handle a variety of styles: "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man" and "Rag Doll" showed off his doo-wop dexterity, with support from the Four Seasons. Valli's solo hits, like "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," revealed his taste for more mainstream material, with a rich R&B influence. "Frankie Valli has become one of the hallmark voices of our generation," said the Bee Gees' Barry Gibb. "He created a style that we all still strive to emulate."

Frankie Valli scored one of his biggest hits of his solo career with this retro-flavored disco classic. “Grease” was commissioned by music mogul Robert Stigwood to provide a hit-friendly theme song for the 1978 film version of Grease: he tapped one of his management clients, Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees, to do the honors and hired Frankie Valli to give it the proper glow of nostalgia. The lyrics of “Grease” update the teen pop themes of the 1950's and early 1960's to fit a 1970's style of me-decade positivity as they present a young man defending his right to live and love the way he pleases: “We take the pressure and we throw away/Conventionality belongs to yesterday/There is a chance that we could make it so far/We start believing now that we can be who we are/Grease is the word.” The music puts this tongue-in-cheek manifesto across at a funky pace, starting with verses that rhythmically shift back and forth between a few notes to mesmerizing effect to an equally-hypnotic chorus that weaves together harmonized phrases that deliver the message with a pounding beat. Frankie Valli’s recording of “Grease” was produced by the same production team behind the Bee Gees’ late-1970's hits and maintains a similarly glossy style: after a dramatic horn riff intro full of serpentine twists, the song kicks into a churning groove tarted up with silky electric piano riffs and a surging string arrangement. However, its vocals add a proper retro nod towards the Four Seasons by allowing Valli to deliver a typically emphatic and soulful solo lead on the verses but weaving in Four Seasons-eque falsetto counter-harmonies that dart in and around the main melody. These touches made “Grease” a song that sound familiar yet fresh and it became a #1 hit as a result. It remains a favorite with both Four Seasons fans and Grease aficionados.

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