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On the banks of the Passaic in the early 1960s, they built their trademark sound from pieces of doo-wop with a dash of Phil Spector thrown in and hatched their plot to launch the Jersey Invasion of 1962. But if the Four Seasons and their compatriots Connie Francis, the Shirelles, and Joey Dee and the Starliters hoped to usher in a lasting era of dominance for the constellation Jersey Pride, they fell well short of their goal. Should they have been able to look at a star like Mr. Acker Bilk and foresee what was about to happen? Probably not, for while Mr. Acker Bilk was British, he was as unrelated to the coming British Invasion as the Four Seasons were themselves, and even if they'd known what was being plotted three thousand miles across the Atlantic, there probably isn't much they could have done about it. Among the children of the Four Seasons generation, one will find more than a few all-American success stories, but one will also find that even the most accomplished children of 1962 have difficulty banishing the sense of grim foreboding that takes some of the pleasure out of their every success.

BirthdatesBirthstar Birthsong
Jan 1-Jan 6The Tokens The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Jan 7-Jan 20Chubby Checker The Twist
Jan 21-Feb 10Joey Dee and the Starliters Peppermint Twist-Part I
Feb 11-Mar 3Gene Chandler Duke Of Earl
Mar 4-Mar 24Bruce Channel Hey! Baby
Mar 25-Mar 31Connie Francis Don't Break The Heart That Loves You
Apr 1-Apr 14Shelly Fabares Johnny Angel
Apr 15-Apr 28Elvis Presley Good Luck Charm
Apr 29-May 19The Shirelles Soldier Boy
May 20-May 26Mr. Acker Bilk Stranger On The Shore
May 27-Jun 30Ray Charles I Can't Stop Loving You
Jul 1-Jul 7David Rose The Stripper
Jul 8-Aug 4Bobby Vinton Roses Are Red (My Love)
Aug 5-Aug 18Neil Sedaka Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
Aug 19-Aug 25Little Eva The Loco-Motion
Aug 26-Sep 8Tommy Roe Sheila
Sep 9-Oct 13The Four Seasons Sherry
Oct 14-Oct 27Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers Monster Mash
Oct 28-Nov 10The Crystals He's A Rebel
Nov 11-Dec 15The Four Seasons Big Girls Don't Cry
Dec 16-Dec 31The Tornados Telstar

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