When The Four Seasons wrote and recorded a demo of this song, they didn't have a record deal. Frankie Valli was friends with Randy Wood, who was the West Coast Sales Manager for Vee Jay Records. Vee Jay was a owned by a black couple and had a lot of success distributing Doo-Wop and R&B songs in the '50s. Their only Pop hit to this point was Gene Chandler's "Duke Of Earl
." Valli played the song for Wood over the phone, and Wood loved it. Valli sent him a copy, and Wood took it to a local DJ named Dick "Huggy Boy" Hugg, who played it on his show. Listeners flooded the station with calls, and the song was released on Vee Jay, where it became a massive hit. The Four Seasons never had an official contract with Vee Jay - they submitted material to the label song by song for distribution - and after 7 more Top-40 hits with the label, The Four Seasons sued over non-payment of royalties and signed with Mercury/Philips. Vee Jay went under, leaving behind a legacy as the most successful black-owned record label pre-Motown, and as the first American label to distribute The Beatles.