December, 1963 (Oh What a Night!) chords by Franki Valli & The Four Seasons


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December, 1963 (Oh What A Night!) | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| N.C | N.C |
||: Db Ebm7 Db/F Gb | Gb Db/Ab Ab7sus2 Ab11 Ab7sus2 :||

Verse 1

||: Db Ebm7 Db/F Gb | Gb Db/Ab Ab7sus2 Ab11 Ab7sus2 :||
Oh, what a night. Late December back in ’63.
What a very special time for me, as I remember, what a night.
Oh, what a night, you know I didn’t even know her name.
But I was never gonna be the same, what a lady, what a night.

Bridge 1

| Ebm7 | Gb | Bbm7 | Ab6 |
Oh, I, I got a funny feeling when she walked in the room.
| Ebm7 | Gb | Ab6 Ab Ab6 Ab | Ab6 Ab
And my, as I recall it ended much too soon.

Chorus 1

||: Db Ebm7 Db/F Gb | Gb Db/Ab Ab7sus2 Ab11 Ab7sus2 :||
Oh what a night, hypnotizing’, mesmerizing me.
She was everything I dreamed she’d be. Sweet surrender, what a night.

Instrumental 1

||: Bbm7 | Bbm7 Eb :||

Bridge 2

| Ebm7 | Db/F |
I felt a rush like a rollin’ ball of thunder.
| Gbmaj7 | Ab (Ab6) |
Spinning my head around and taking my body under. Oh, what a night.

Instrumental 2

||: Db Ebm7 Db/F Gb | Gb Db/Ab Ab7sus2 Ab11 Ab7sus2 :|| x4

Bridge 2

| Ebm7 | Gb | Bbm7 | Ab6 |
Oh, I, got a funny feelin’ when she walked in the room.
| Ebm7 | Gb | Ab6 Ab Ab6 Ab | Ab6 Ab
And my, as I recall it ended much too soon. Oh, what a night.

Chorus 2

||: Db Ebm7 Db/F Gb | Gb Db/Ab Ab7sus2 Ab11 Ab7sus2 :||
Why’d it take so long to see the light?
Seemed so wrong, but now it seems so right. What a lady, what a night.

Instrumental 3

||: Bbm7 | Bbm7 Eb :||

Bridge 3

| Ebm7 | Db/F |
Oh I, felt a rush like a rollin’ ball of thunder.
| Gbmaj7 | Ab6 |
Spinnin’ my head around and takin’ my body under. Oh, what a night.

Outro

||: Db Ebm7 Db/F Gb | Gb Db/Ab Ab7sus2 Ab11 Ab7sus2 :||
Do-do-do, do-do-do. Do-do-do-do, oh what a night.
Do-do-do, do-do-do. Do-do-do-do-do-do, oh what a night.
Do-do-do, do-do-do. Do-do-do-do-do-do, oh what a night.
Do-do-do, do-do-do. Do-do-do-do-do-do, oh what a night. 



December 1963 Chords: Learn the progressions


December, 1963 Oh, What a Night guitar lesson + TAB

You should study this remarkable song, only comparable to the band’s other monster hit Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, in great detail.

The chords are pretty complex in both tunes, to say the least!

So complex, that you may be looking at the chords for the intro/verse and think, I’m just going to leave that for the piano player…

After all, the guitar only plays a Db Major Pentatonic lick as the piano plays seemingly all the chords in the world, like this:

||: Db Ebm7 Db/F Gb | Gb Db/Ab Ab7sus2 Ab11 Ab7sus2 :||

Intimidating at first but at least it’s only two bars repeated forever, and if you play all those chords on just strings 2-4, ignoring the bass notes, it’s actually pretty easy to do it on the guitar, if you have the TAB that is!

The bridge is easier, starting on chord II and going down to chord I but as the bass note is the 3rd, it feels like it’s going up, very clever! Gbmaj7 and Ab are chords IV – V, like this:

| Ebm7 | Db/F | Gbmaj7 | Ab (Ab6) |

Members get TAB for the main riff, with that Major Pentatonic lick incorporated. And once you’ve learned this, you’ll be able to work out the rest of the song, no problem.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson: December, 1963 (Oh What A Night!) – Guitar Lesson with TAB.



The Four Seasons got Franki Valli to take a step back for December, 1963 (Oh What A Night!)

Franki Valli got removed from lead vocal duties when The Four Seasons recorded their smash hit December, 1963 (Oh What A Night!).

Instead, the group’s drummer, Gerry Polci, took over and, I must say, did a remarkably great job.

The high falsetto part for “And I felt a rush…” is not Franki either, that’s the bass player, Don Ciccone. But Franki wasn’t completely left out, he sang BV’s, and the bridge section.

A top twenty hit the world over in 1975, December 1963 (Oh What A Night) sold over a million copies in the U.S. and is still played on the radio and by DJs today.

I haven’t seen many guitar players play it, perhaps they need some TAB!



December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night!) Chords | Related Pages


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The advanced acoustic tunes use big chord extensions and sometimes, unique and complex chords that incorporate open strings.

Study these in-depth and you will gain a complete understanding of the guitar fretboard, including how to build any scale, arpeggio, or chord.


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When you can play December 1963's chords, try these five tunes from the songbook.


Franki Valli and the Four Seasons tunes

Franki Valli and the Four Seasons wrote December 1963.

The hugely successful musical Jersey Boys is based on the tunes by Franki Valli and the Four Seasons.

Hits include Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Silence Is Golden, Working My Way Back, December, 63 (Oh What a Night!), and Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.


Franki Valli and the Four Seasons on the web

Listen to Franki Valli and the Four Seasons on Spotify.


Motown & Soul

When you can play December 1963, check out these Motown and Soul tunes as well.

Motown & Soul is the best place to start if you want to get better at playing the electric guitar. The harmony is simple and there is room for improvisation.

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