Song Lyric Sunday — Schoolboy Crush

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday prompt Jim Adams has challenged us to choose a song that must contain a girl’s name in the title or the lyrics and that name must start with the letter “S.” When I was in high school I had a wicked crush on a girl named Sherry, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that when the song by The Four Seasons titled “Sherry” was released, it immediately became my favorite song.

“Sherry” was a song written by Bob Gaudio and recorded by The Four Seasons. “Sherry” was the band’s first nationally released single and their first number one hit, reaching the top spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on September 15, 1962. It remained at number one for five consecutive weeks, and was also number one on the R&B charts for one week. It was included in the first album from the band, Sherry & 11 Others.

In a 1968 interview, Gaudio said that the song was inspired by the 1961 Bruce Channel hit “Hey! Baby,” which, coincidentally, was featured just last week in Jim Adams’ A to Z Challenge post for the letter “H.” According to Gaudio, the song took about 15 minutes to write and was originally titled “Jackie Baby,” in honor of then-First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. At the studio, the name was changed to “Terri Baby,” and eventually to “Sherry,” the name of the daughter of Gaudio’s best friend, New York DJ Jack Spector.

According to Songfacts, in composing songs for The Four Seasons, Gaudio and the group’s arranger, Charlie Callello, analyzed the hot songs of the era, and tried to incorporate elements of those into “Sherry.” This meant big production, a girl’s name in the title, and a storyline where our hero is begging the girl to come out with him. They even got the Twist craze into the song, inviting Sherry to the “Twist Party.” The result was a very contemporary, commercial sound that provided a template for many future hits for the Four Seasons.

Frankie Valli’s soaring falsetto vocals were a big part of the group’s sound, and that was emphasized in the packaging of this song and the album, which was credited to “Four Seasons featuring The Sound of Frankie Valli.” By 1968, the name of the group was changed to “Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.”

Here are the lyrics for “Sherry.”

Sherry, Sherry baby
Sherry, Sherry baby

Sherry baby (Sherry baby)
Sherry, can you come out tonight (Come come, come out tonight)
Sherry baby (Sherry baby)
Sherry, can you come out tonight

(Why don’t you come out) (come out) to my twist party
(Come out) Where the bright moon shines
(Come out) We’ll dance the night away
I’m gonna make-a you mine

Sherry baby (Sherry baby)
Sherry, can you come out tonight
(Come come, come out tonight)
(Come come, come out tonight)

You, ooh better ask your mama (Sherry baby)
Tell her everything is all right

(Why don’t you come out) (come out) with your red dress on
(Come out) Mmm, you look so fine
(Come out) Move it nice and easy
Girl, you’ll make me lose my mind

Sherry baby (Sherry baby)
Sherry , can you come out tonight
(Come come, come out tonight)
(Come come, come out tonight)
Sherry, Sherry baby
(Come come, come out tonight)
(Come come, come out tonight)

17 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — Schoolboy Crush

  1. Peter's pondering April 18, 2021 / 6:27 am

    Great choice. I always like to see the dance routines in these old recordings. So much simpler than current choreography!

    Liked by 1 person

      • Marleen April 18, 2021 / 12:58 pm

        They did a great job on coloring the film.

        Liked by 1 person

        • Marleen April 18, 2021 / 4:19 pm

          Here’s a fun medley (from them) in black and white.

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  2. newepicauthor April 18, 2021 / 7:12 am

    It has been a while since I last listened to this song and it always sounds great every time I hear it.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Marleen April 18, 2021 / 8:30 am

    I’m gonna cheat, because this song has the same
    beginning sound for a young lady’s name.

    Miss Chatelaine (St. Tropez Mix), K.D. Lang

    Liked by 1 person

    • Marleen April 18, 2021 / 6:25 pm

      Hmm. The writers of Sherri also “cheated” 🙃 (in that the friend’s daughter’s name was Cheri).

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      • Fandango April 18, 2021 / 10:56 pm

        Oh, I didn’t know that. But the girl I had the crush on was Sherry, so that’s what mattered…to me. 😉

        Like

  4. Maggie April 18, 2021 / 11:09 am

    This would have been my husband’s pick. Great song and perfect choice.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Marleen April 18, 2021 / 4:18 pm

    I’ve had some fun looking into them, today. I like that some Americans were holding up under the “invasion.”

    https://www.songfacts.com/facts/the-four-seasons/sherry
    In 1962 and 1963, The Four Seasons were very hot on the charts. Even during The British Invasion period, they were one of the few artists who still had chart hits.

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