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"Can't Take My Eyes Off You" is a 1967 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] It was co-written by producer Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio, a bandmate of Valli's in The Four Seasons. It was Valli's biggest solo hit until he hit #1 in 1974 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)

"Can't Take My Eyes Off You" has had hundreds of cover versions, 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. Its chorus has also become a popular football chant, with supporters of various teams inserting their club's name or a popular player's name into the beat.[citation needed] 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.

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CreditsEdit

The song was written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio. Arrangement was done by Artie Schroeck and Gaudio.[4] The original recording was made at A&R Recording Studios at 799 7th Avenue, with Bob Crewe producing and Phil Ramone engineering.

ChartsEdit

Cover versionsEdit

The song has been covered 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

  • In 1970, Brook Benton recorded the song on his album Brook Benton Today.[16]
  • In 1972, Bobby Darin performed the song on his summer television series, Dean Martin Presents: The Bobby Darin Amusement Company, and this version was included in the 2004 album Aces Back to Back.
  • Shirley Bassey recorded this as a United Artist Single in 1976.
  • In 1978 actors Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and John Cazale sang the lyrics in the movie The Deer Hunter.
  • Maureen McGovern (#27 on the US Adult Contemporary chart in 1979; #5 Canadian AC in 1980).[17]
  • 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.[18][19] 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.

1990–1999Edit

2000–2009Edit

2010–presentEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Official Frankie Valli Site". Retrieved 2017-11-25.
  2. ^ "Billboard Hot 100". 1967-07-22. Retrieved 2015-07-31.
  3. ^ Bronson, Fred. The Billboard book of number 1 hits. p. 398.
  4. ^ "Frankie Valli - Can't Take My Eyes Off You / The Trouble With Me (Vinyl)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  5. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
  6. ^ "Frankie Valli Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  7. ^ "Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, July 15, 1967". Tropicalglen.com. 1967-12-23. Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  8. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Archived from the original on 2016-08-12. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
  9. ^ "Musicoutfitters.com". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  10. ^ "Cash Box YE Pop Singles - 1967". Tropicalglen.com. 1967-12-23. Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  11. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 40 | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  12. ^ Love, Andy by Andy Williams, album sleeve, 1967. New York: Columbia Records CS 9566
  13. ^ {{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtBBG3xgKLA>
  14. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 40 | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  15. ^ "Engelbert Humperdinck - A Man Without Love (Vinyl, LP)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  16. ^ "Brook Benton - Brook Benton Today (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  17. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Archived from the original on 2016-06-01. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  18. ^ "Top 40-lijst van week 24, 1982". Top40.nl. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  19. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 74. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  20. ^ Gloria Gaynor - Can't Take My Eyes Off You - YourDancefloorTV on YouTube. Retrieved June 9, 2012.
  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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