The Music Enthusiast likes to mix it up a little, throw down a song’s original, and then a couple of (hopefully) radically different versions. We’ll call this one the international edition for reasons which we shall see.
Wikipedia: “The Four Seasons are an American rock band that became internationally successful in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1960, the band known as The Four Lovers evolved into the Four Seasons, with Frankie Valli as the lead singer, Bob Gaudio on keyboards and tenor vocals, Tommy DeVito on lead guitar, and baritone vocals, and Nick Massi on electric bass and bass vocals.
The band’s original line-up was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and joined the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999. They are one of the best-selling musical groups of all time, having sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide.”
ME has always liked the Four Seasons, even seeing the (he believes) so-so musical Jersey Boys (with someone playing a young Joe Pesci.)* “Beggin;’ is a song used in the play and on the soundtrack.
Their first hit, in 1962. was with the song “Sherry.” As it happens with pop bands, by 1967 they were pretty much played out, later having a resurgence in the mid-70s with “Who Loves You” and “What a Night.” (“Sherry” is on my Indispensable 150 list, a list of pre-Beatles tunes that your mother would know.)
But in that “Summer of Love” year of ’67, they released the Bob Gaudio/Peggy Farina tune, “Beggin'”. (Notably, Farina sang with a 60s girl group named The Angels who had a hit with “My Boyfriend’s Back.” Aerosmith reportedly titled their Permanent Vacation album after the ‘If I were you I’d take a permanent vacation” lyric in this song.)
“Beggin'” wasn’t a huge hit but did make its way to the Top 20. According to Wikipedia, it was overshadowed by Valli’s solo recording of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” I love how the label says “Featuring the ‘sound’ of Frankie Valli.” Could Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons be too far off?
In 2007, Norwegian hip-hop duo Madcon released a new version of the song with rap verses. This version reached number one on Norway’s VG-lista chart for 12 nonconsecutive weeks and received the “Hit of the Year” Spellemannprisen award.
The single also became popular throughout Europe – in France, the Netherlands, and the Wallonia region of Belgium (the non-Wallonia region, not so much) it peaked at number one. Overall, Madcon’s “Beggin'” was Europe’s 11th-most-successful single of 2008.
Måneskin (Danish for ‘moonlight’) is an Italian rock band formed in Rome in 2016. The band is composed of vocalist Damiano David, bassist Victoria De Angelis, guitarist Thomas Raggi, and drummer Ethan Torchio.
They rose to prominence after finishing second in the eleventh season of the Italian talent show X Factor in 2017. Their international breakthrough ensued when the foursome won the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 for Italy with the song “Zitti e buoni.”
These guys really rocked this up. Who knows if the singer even knows what the lyrics mean? I dig his style. This was a pretty big hit early last year. My wife tells me they use this in her exercise class:
*Referred to as “Joey,” Pesci was a friend of Tommy, Frankie, and Nick, and helps introduce Bob Gaudio to them.