Hold The Cheese: 70’s Soft Rock Favorites by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, David Gates, Barry Manilow


frankie_valli_gThe original Jersey Boys, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. They were the dominant pop music band before the Beatles and Rolling Stones took over. The Four Seasons story is not immortalized on Broadway with their play, Jersey Boys. After their chart topping success of the 1960’s, their four part harmony and street corner crooning became less popular in the early 70’s. Then Frankie Valli released his solo hits, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You”, “My Eyes Adored You”, and “Swearin’ To God” and they were back. Here’s one of my all-time favorites with even a little disco beat added to the final mix that marked the band’s resurgence onto the radio airwaves.


david-gates-goodbye-girl-elektra-3When you talk 70’s soft rock, the band Bread, set a standard with their easy listening, sensitive ballads like “Make It With You”, “Baby I’m A Want You”, “If”, and “Everything That I Own”. Even if these songs were too mellow for you, those melodies and lyrics sunk into your consciousness. Lead singer, David Gates went solo in 1978 scored a Top 10 hit with the soundtrack single for the Richard Dreyfuss comedy, The Goodbye Girl. The song gets to me everytime. Hootie and The Blowfish did a credible cover song included as a B-Side on their last studio album.


barry-manilow-even-now-arista-2Imagine the emotional release it must have been for Barry Manilow to pen these lyrics 35 years ago. And when he performs it live even today, sometimes you can still see him getting lost in the memories after all these years.



Even now
When there’s someone else who cares
When there’s someone home whos waiting just for me
Even now I think about you as Im climbing up the stairs
And I wonder what to do so she wont see
That even now
When I know it wasn’t right
And I found a better life than what we had
Even now I wake up crying in the middle of the night
And I can’t believe it still could hurt so bad