I had a very nice fathers day this past weekend , and of course not being a father myself, the day was all about my pops. First I caught a few minutes of the rubber match between the Yanks and the Muts on TV, in just enough time to see TEX hit a granny at my dads house before departing for a sunday matinée of JERSEY BOYS (very great musical , well at least the parts I was awake for.)
For those that don’t know “Jersey Boys” is the story of legendary singer Frankie Valli and his group the Four Seasons. I consider myself a huge music fan and pretty knowledgeable about the history of the business, but clearly I did not do my homework on Mr. Valli and his Four Seasons. The numbers are actually staggering, Mr. Sean Carter aka Jay Z would be impressed. 29 top 40 hits as a member and lead singer of The Four Seasons and 9 top 40 hits a solo artist…Incredible.
Now of course I did know a lot of the songs, I just never knew Franki Valli was the man behind them. These songs are so legendary that at this point they are American Standards covered by everyone from Lauryn Hill to The Spinners. I mean when I hear “Ill Be Working My Way Back to You Babe” I think the Spinners from 1980, and when I hear “Cant Take My Eyes Off of You” I think Ms. Hill…ahh the generation gap.
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And the Video for “WALK LIKE A MAN” is priceless!!
But in retrospect that’s why the show has the staying power it clearly has, because the music is timeless.
Look at the list of Number 1 Hits…
“Grease.” (Shout to my sister Cortney on Grease, its a family favorite)
So Jersey Boys is not only great classic music from the 1960’s but also a nice little musical history lesson!
So what do you do after a Sunday Afternoon matinée on Fathers Day..well you have a huge steak dinner at Capital Grill, where the calorie listing on the Potatoes Au Grautin is actually a mathematical equation it’s so heavy.
I have little to say about Capital Grille other than it was delicious but made me want to sleep for three days it was so filling, proceed with caution.
Happy Fathers Day Dad, We Love You!!