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Joe Long (1932–2021), bassist for the Four Seasons

by Linnea Crowther

Joe Long was a bassist for the Four Seasons, who played on their later hits including “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.”

The Four Seasons

A New Jersey native like the rest of the Four Seasons, Long was classically trained and learned to play on a double bass. He later switched to electric bass, and he played with other local bands before the Four Seasons called. It was 1965 when the Four Seasons needed a new bass player after original member Nick Massi left the band. Long joined the band after the era of their first mega-hits, but he was there for popular songs including “Opus 17 (Don’t You Worry ‘Bout Me),” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” “C’mon Marianne” and “Who Loves You.” Long left the Four Seasons in 1975. He later formed the bands LaBracio and Jersey Bounce. Long is a member of the New Jersey Hall of Fame.

Long on his Four Seasons audition

“Bobby Gaudio laid out a few charts and said, ‘Sing this, sing that.’ They liked me. They hired me on the spot. That was early 1965. I found myself going from obscurity to being in the No. 1 band in the world.” —from a 2016 interview for NJ.com

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Full obituary: NJ.com

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