It was late1977
and after an exciting 3 year period that had seen the UK Appreciation Society
blossom, we were left in limbo as the Four Seasons Partnership suddenly and
unexpectedly announced the disbanding of the group. To this day no real explanation
has been given for this decision and bearing in mind the hard work that had
gone into constructing the group in 1973 and 74 it always seemed to me a
disaster. Funny how things come around and as I was researching the story of
the groups ‘Rise and Fall’ during this period I discovered I had asked the
questions back then….and in Newsletter Volume 3 Number 12 – July 1979…..under the title……..
“How To Get it Right Then Blow It – Or Another Look At Missed Chances” by Ken Charmer.”
As part of our latest research we are re-visiting the 70s and stories from this period will be featured in ‘Timepieces’. Here is an another excerpt…….
“Listening today to ‘Helicon’
it is clear that the direction Bob and the Seasons took was not right …either
for the long term fans or the ones that had ‘tuned in’ to ‘Who Loves You’. The
fact that the group liked the ‘Helicon’
material but Warner-Curb didn’t was a problem. Then when the company execs
couldn’t ‘hear a single’ and forced Bob Gaudio to write a song targeted at the fans
the breakdown was happening…..’Down The Hall’ failed to re-capture the magic of
‘December 63’ (even though it did reasonably in the UK charts at No 34)
Why did we lose the best ever set of musicians to ever be in the Four Seasons.? They remain respected performers today. Just visit their web sites via our fan web site to see.
What a fantastic group they were will become evident as the year unfolds and our research is published.
But read Ken’s original article in the first of our reviews in Timepieces 6-1….”What Goes Around Comes Around…” by guest writer Ken Charmer by clicking this link.
And with this cartoon by Lee Shapiro of the soon to be launched group in 1977 you can see the 'Charisma'....well can't you?...or is that a steadily expanding John Paiva?