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"
ReleasedApril 1967 (1967-04)
RecordedApril 1967
GenrePop rock
Length3:24
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" as "...the one that almost got away" until Windsor, Ontario radio station CKLW (a station also serving the Detroit metro on the American side of the border) 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 1960s and 1970s, CKLW was credited with launching hit records via its powerful signal, blanketing the Great Lakes region. 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 characters sing 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 wedding anniversary of astronaut Christopher Ferguson, one of the mission's crew members.[citation needed]

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 Studio 2 (formerly Columbia Studio A) 799 7th Avenue in New York City, with Bob Crewe producing and Phil Ramone engineering.

ReceptionEdit

Billboard described the single as "strong rhythm ballad material from the pen of Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio with an exceptional Valli vocal combined with an exciting Artie Schroeck arrangement."[5]

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] Silver 200,000 
United States (RIAA)[14] Gold 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
  Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Boys Town Gang versionEdit

"Can't Take My Eyes Off You"
Single by Boys Town Gang
from the album Disc Charge
ReleasedJuly 29, 1982
Recorded1982
GenrePost-disco
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 post-disco band Boys Town Gang performed a dance version of the song which reached number one in the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and number four in the United Kingdom.[15][16] 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
Belgian Singles Chart[17] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[18] 1
Irish Singles Chart 5
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[19] 1
UK Singles Chart[20] 4
West German Singles Chart 43

Lauryn Hill versionEdit

"Can't Take My Eyes Off You"
Song by Lauryn Hill
from the album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
ReleasedAugust 25, 1998
GenrePop
Length3:41
LabelRuffhouse Columbia
Songwriter(s)Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio
Producer(s)Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill’s version of the song, was recorded In 1997, while Hill was eight months pregnant with her first child.[21] It was first featured in the movie, Conspiracy Theory (1997). While the song wasn’t featured on the soundtrack, a radio jockey at KMEL in San Francisco put the song on a CD, and began playing the song;[22] more radio stations followed suit, causing a domino effect around the U.S.,[23][24] ultimately leading the song to peak at number two on the Rhythmic Top 40 chart, despite Hill's label not releasing the song as a single.[25][26] Due to the popularity of the song it was added as a hidden track on The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.[27]

This version was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1999, becoming the first hidden track to be receive a Grammy nomination.[28][29] Consequence of Sound named it the best hidden track of all time.[30] In 2014, VH1 also named it the best hidden track of all time.[31] Academy Award–winning actor Forest Whitaker was inspired to name his daughter True, after hearing Hill's version of the song.[32]

ChartsEdit

Chart (1998-1999) Peak
position
Australia ARIA Charts[33] 8
US Rhythmic (chart)[34] 2
US Hot 100 Airplay (Radio Songs)[35] 35

Other cover versionsEdit

The song has been recorded by many artists. Among the most notable examples are the following:

ReferencesEdit

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