On this day in music history: September 15, 19…

On this day in music history: September 15, 1962 – “Sherry” by The Four Seasons hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 5 weeks, also topping the R&B singles chart for 1 week on October 6, 1962. Written by Bob Gaudio, it is the first chart topping single for the Newark, NJ based vocal quartet. Originally written as “Jackie Baby” in honor of then First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, the title is changed several more times before it is recorded. Gaudio writes the song in just fifteen minutes on the way to a band rehearsal. The Four Seasons were first known as The Four Lovers, recording an album and several singles for RCA Victor and scoring their first chart record with “You’re The Apple Of My Eye” (#62 Pop) on Epic Records in 1956. The group go through numerous line up changes before 1961 when they change their name to The Four Seasons. The group record one unsuccessful single for Gone Records in February of 1962, before signing with Chicago based Vee-Jay Records. Having recorded “Sherry” before hand, it is Vee-Jay’s west coast sales manager who suggests to his superiors in Chicago that the song be their first release. Issued in late July of 1962, it doesn’t take long for “Sherry” to take off. Entering the Hot 100 at #65 on August 25, 1962, it quickly rockets to the top of the chart just three weeks later. It becomes the first of five number one singles for Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons over the next fourteen years. “Sherry” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.