The Four Seasons "Saturday's Father" - 1968 images
In 1968, Four Seasons keyboard player and principle songwriter Bob Gaudio traded out his usual writing partner to work with Jake Holmes, who eventually made a big mark as a jingle writer responsible among other things for "Be a Pepper" and "Raise your hands if you're Sure." For this project, they wrote an obviously artistically ambitious album that might fruitfully be considered as their answer to Pet Sounds, calling it The Genuine Imitation Life Gazette, featuring this song "Saturday's Father." It's about children of divorce who only get to have a father on Saturdays. It's a beautiful sad song.
This video is an interesting curiosity as well, from The Kraft Music Hall broadcast of 7-3-1968. It's framed like it's a live performance, with the group singing in front of a studio audience. But they're obviously not playing instruments, and you can hear lots of weird studio stuff they couldn't be doing live. They don't seem to have microphones.
But then most of the video is a dramatic illustration of the song, a nicely made video of the joyful but all too brief day with Daddy - and the sad tears at the end as they say goodbye for another week.
These images come from the highly recommended Rhino box set The Music of Frankie Valli & the 4 Seasons.
FRANKIE VALLI PHOTOS - THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW, 1963
FRANKIE VALLI PHOTOS - ON BROADWAY TONIGHT, 1964
FRANKIE VALLI PHOTOS - "BROTHERHOOD OF MAN" 1964
FRANKIE VALLI PHOTOS - THE BITTER END, 1967
FRANKIE VALLI PHOTOS - "SATURDAY'S FATHER" 1968
FRANKIE VALLIE PHOTOS - TOP OF THE POPS, 1971
Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
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