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Can't Take My Eyes Off You

"Can't Take My Eyes Off You" is a 1967 song written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio. It was recorded as a single by Frankie Valli. The song was among his biggest hits, earning a gold record and reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a week, stuck behind "Windy" by the Association.[2] Gaudio was a bandmate of Valli's in the Four Seasons. It was Valli's biggest solo hit until he hit No. 1 in 1975 with "My Eyes Adored You".[3]

"Can't Take My Eyes Off You"
Can't Take My Eyes Off You.jpg
Cover of the 1967 US single
Single by Frankie Valli
from the album Frankie Valli: Solo[1]
B-side"The Trouble With Me"
ReleasedMay 1967 (1967-05)
Format7"
RecordedApril 1967
GenrePop
Length2:58
LabelPhilips
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Bob Crewe
Frankie Valli singles chronology
"The Proud One"
(1966)
"Can't Take My Eyes Off You"
(1967)
"I Make a Fool of Myself"
(1967)

Bob Gaudio, an original member of the Four Seasons, refers to “Eyes” today as “the one that almost got away” until Windsor Ontario radio station CKLW-AM intervened. In 1967, the record’s producers urged Paul Drew, program director at the legendary station, to consider the tune for rotation. For much of the ’60s and ’70s, CKLW was credited with launching hit records via its powerful signal, which emanated from Windsor. Drew didn’t warm to the song at first, but accepted an invitation to hear it live at the Roostertail, where Frankie Valli was performing a weeklong stint with the Four Seasons. Drew liked what he heard and added the song to his station’s playlist. “The switchboards lit up, and the rest, as they say, is history,” Gaudio recalls.[4]

"Can't Take My Eyes Off You" has been recorded in many other arrangements, many of which have been on the charts in different countries. The song is a staple of television and film soundtracks, even being featured as part of the plot of some films, such as when the lead characters sing or arrange their own version of the song. The Valli version was also used by NASA as a wake-up song on the STS-126 Space Shuttle mission, to celebrate the anniversary of astronaut Christopher Ferguson, one of the mission's crew members.

CreditsEdit

The song was written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio. Arrangement was done by Artie Schroeck and Gaudio. The original recording was made at A&R Recording Studios at 799 7th Avenue, with Bob Crewe producing and Phil Ramone engineering.

ChartsEdit

Boys Town Gang versionEdit

"Can't Take My Eyes Off You"
Single by Boys Town Gang
from the album Disc Charge
ReleasedJuly 29, 1982
Format7" single
Recorded1982
GenrePost-disco, Funk
Length3:28
LabelMoby Dick
Songwriter(s)Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio
Producer(s)Bill Motley
Boys Town Gang singles chronology
"Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours"
(1982)
"Can't Take My Eyes Off You"
(1982)
"Brand New Me"
(1984)

In 1982, San Francisco based disco band Boys Town Gang performed a disco version of the song which reached number one in the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and number four in the United Kingdom.[11][12] This version was also successful in Japan, receiving a gold digital certification by the RIAJ in 2011, and is also on games such as Just Dance 4.

Track listingsEdit

7" Single

  1. Can't Take My Eyes Off You - 3:28
  2. Can't Take My Eyes Off You (Reprise) - 4:42

7" Single

  1. Can't Take My Eyes Off You - 3:40
  2. Disco Kicks - 4:04

ChartsEdit

Chart (1982) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 4[13]
German Singles Chart 43
Dutch Top 40 1[14]
Belgian Singles Chart 1[15]

Cover versions and later versionsEdit

The song has been recorded by some 200 artists over the years, in many countries, under both versions of the title. A few notable examples of cover versions that appeared on the charts:

1967–1969Edit

1970–1989Edit

1990–1999Edit

2000–2009Edit

2010–presentEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Billboard Hot 100". 1967-07-22. Retrieved 2015-07-31.
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  6. ^ "Frankie Valli Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
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  11. ^ "Top 40-lijst van week 24, 1982". Top40.nl. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  12. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 74. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
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  14. ^ dutchcharts.nl
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  16. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 40 | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  17. ^ Love, Andy by Andy Williams, album sleeve, 1967. New York: Columbia Records CS 9566
  18. ^ {{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtBBG3xgKLA>
  19. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 40 | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  20. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Archived from the original on 2016-06-01. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  21. ^ "JAARLIJST 1992". Members.chello.nl. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  22. ^ "Coneheads - Original Soundtrack | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. 1993-07-20. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  23. ^ "Lauryn Hill | Awards". AllMusic. 1975-05-26. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  24. ^ Kot, Greg. "10 NOMINATIONS PUT LAURYN HILL ATOP GRAMMY HEAP". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  25. ^ "10 Things I Hate About You (1999)". YouTube.
  26. ^ "MP3 file". Spaceflight.nasa.gov. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  27. ^ [1]

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