December, 1963 (Oh What a Night!) chords



You can learn how to play December, 1963 (Oh What a Night!) by The Four Seasons!

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 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.

Let’s take a look at this remarkable song, only comparable to the band’s other monster hit Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, in a bit more detail. The chords are pretty complex, to say the least!


December, 1963 (Oh What A Night!) chords and lyrics


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

||: 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.

| 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.

||: 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.

||: Bbm7 | Bbm7 Eb :||

| 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.

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

| 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.

||: 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.

||: Bbm7 | Bbm7 Eb :||

| 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.

||: 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, 63 (Oh What a Night!) chord progression

You may be looking at the chords for the intro/verse and think “those look like piano chords to me, you can’t play that on the guitar!” And you’d be right, it would be (almost) impossible.

The guitar only plays a Db Major Pentatonic lick as the piano plays seemingly all the chords in the world.

However, if you play all those chords on just strings 2-4, ignoring the bass notes, it’s actually pretty easy.

  • Db, Db/F, and Db/Ab (A shape) are the same chords.
  • Ebm7 (Am shape) and Gb (C shape) are the same chords.
  • Ab7sus2 and Ab11 (G shapes) are only different by one note.

So what you end up with is four chord shapes, although you do need a bass player as well!

Let’s find a way to combine all these chords, with that guitar lick, here’s some TAB explaining this.

With this TAB idea, the chords, and lyrics for December, 1963 (Oh What A Night!) above, you should hopefully be able to work out how to play this awesome tune.


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