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Frankie and His Many Seasons

Before we had the iconic “Four Seasons” out of Newark, New Jersey – we all know we had the “Four Lovers” who started things off in 1956.  The group found their way onto RCA Victor records and cut a handful of singles, a couple of extended plays and one long up into 1957.

The original group came about in 1956 emerging from an earlier group formed in 1954 called “The Variatones” and included James Gregorio, Tommy DeVito, Frank Cattone and Billy Thompson, Henry Majewski, with the addition of Frankie Valli).  They would land a contract with RCA Victor and officially become “The Four Lovers” now with Franki, Thomas DeVito, Philip Mongiovi, Henry Majewski and Nicolas DeVito.  Majewski was sort of a peripheral member and thus really four Lovers.

The group did perform as “The Four Lovers” all the way into 1962 but only released one additional single after 1957 under the “Four Lovers'” name – on Epic Records -“Pucker Up” b/w “My Life For Your Love” released in late February of 1958.  Both RCA Victor and Epic abandoned the group for lack of charting records.

As early as 1953, the group that would evolve into the Four Seasons began recording together, usually backing Frankie Valli, and/or recording under various group names.

More often, the boys from New Jersey would enter the recording studio to back other artists as illustrated below.  The personnel on these recordings varied somewhat but were generally anchored always by Frankie.   Bob Crewe had big hand in most of these sessions either composing or producing/arranging or both.

Primary lineups included (in various combinations):

  • Frankie Valli – (Francesco Stephen Castelluccio
  • Thomas DeVito – (Gaetano DeVito)
  • Henry Majewski – (“Hank” Majewski)
  • Charles Calello
  • Nicholas DeVito
  • Bobby Valli – (Roberto Castellucccio)
  • Nick Massi – (Nicholas E. Macioci) deceased
  • Bob Gaudio – (Robert John Gaudio)

It pretty much seems that wherever Bob Crewe’s composing pen and production services would take him, the Four Seasons were close behind.

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Crewe with His Crew

It does seem that nearly all of the Seasons’ session backings failed to place tunes on the charts – most likely because Crewe, especially when teaming up with Season/composer Bob Gaudio, would save the best for the ‘Jersey Boys”.

The Bob’s: Crewe (left) & Gaudio (right)

The Four Seasons made their debut using that name in January of 1962 releasing “Bermuda” backed with “Spanish Lace”.  The tracks were recorded in December of 1961.

The group signed on with Vee Jay Records in 1962 on the strength of a song they presented called “Sherry”, a song which was turned down by other labels – a big mistake.  The group went into the studio for Vee Jay in April of 1962. “Sherry” soared to number the top of the nations Hot 100 and that was that….

Just a note here – even after the arrival of the Seasons at Vee Jay, they continued to record as sessions background singers all the way into 1965 well after departing Vee Jay for the Philips Record label.

Along the way, up into the present time – more than 40 musicians recorded or performed as “Seasons”.

Colorado Connections – Jerry Corbetta & Van Trevor

In 1984, Denver, Colorado musician Jerry Corbetta joined the Four Seasons.  Corbetta was a founding member of Colorado’s “Sugarloaf”, “The Moonrakers”, “Chocolate Hair”.  Jerry, as a member of “Sugarloaf” is an inductee into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.  He passed away not long after the band’s induction, in 2016.

North Denver’s Jerry Corbetta with his Sister Back in the Day

In a bit of a stretch for a Colorado Connection – in September of 1963 the Four Seasons would back Van Trevor on his Vivid Records tracks “A Fling of the Past” b/w C’mon Now Baby” – Van Trevor had the honor of being the first Band Box recording artist to place a Band Box song on the Hot Country Charts (followed closely by Penny Starr aka Penny DeHaven.

Visit my “Bob Gaudio and the Four Seasons” Page here

The Four Lovers & Others Discography

45 – Corona 45-1234 – Frankie Valley – “The Laugh’s On Me” b/w “My Mother’s Eyes” – 1953

45 – Mercury 70381 – Frankie Valley and the Travelers – “Somebody Took Her Home” b/w “Forgive and Forget” – Released May, 1954

(This is the Franki and company recording as the “Travelers”)

45 – RCA Victor 47-6518 – The Four Overs – “You’re The Apple of My Eye” – Charted Number 62 – Released April, 1956

45 – RCA Victor 47-6519 – The Four Lovers – “Honey Love” b/w “Please Don’t Leave Me” – Released April, 1956

45 EP – RCA EPA-869 – The Four Lovers – “The Four Lovers” – Released 1956

45 EP – RCA EPA 871 – The Four Lovers – “Joyride” – Released 1956

45 – RCA Victor 47-6646 – The Four Lovers – “Jambalaya” b/w “Be Lovey Dovey” – Released September, 1956

45 – RCA Victor 47-6758 – The Four Lovers – “Happy Am I” b/w “Never, Never” – Released December, 1956

45 EP – RCA Victor DJ-47 – The Four Lovers – Side 2 – “Happy Am I”/”Never, Never” – Released December, 1956 (A side by Homer and Jethro)

45 – RCA Victor 47-6812 – The Four Lovers – “Shake A Hand” b/w “The Stranger” – Released January, 1957

45 EP – RCA Victor DJ-64 – The Four Lovers – “Shake A Hand”/”The Strangers” – Released January, 1957 – (A Side by Teddi King)

45 – Epic 5-9255 – The Four Lovers – “Pucker Up” b/w “My Life For Your Love” – Released February, 1958

45 – OKeh 4-7103 – Frankie Tyler – “I Go Ape” b/w “If You Care” – Released July, 1958

(Tyler is Franki Valli)

45 – Cindy C-3012 – Frankie Valle & The Romans – “Real (This Is Real)” b/w The Romans – “Come Si Bella” – Released February, 1959

(This is Frankie with members of the Four Lovers)

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45 – Decca 9-30994 – Frankie Vally – “Please Take A Chance” b/w “It May Be Wrong” – Released October, 1959

(Four Lovers on backing vocals)

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45 – Topix 45-6000 – The Village Voices – “Too Young To Start” b/w “Red Lips” – Released May, 1961

(This is the Four Lovers)

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45 – Atlantic 45-2103 – Virgil Holmes – “Ghost Train” b/w “Walkin’ Alone” – Released May, 1961

(Four Lovers on backing vocals)

45 – ABC-Paramount 45-10222 – Lenny O. Henry and the Short Stories – “Cheated Heart” b/w “Billy The Continental Kid” – Released May, 1961

(Four Lovers on backing vocals)

45 – ABC-Paramount 45-10231 – Miss Frankie Nolan – “I Still Care” b/w “(I Wish It Were) Summer All Year ‘Round” – Released June, 1961

(Four Lovers on backing vocals)

45 – Topix 45-6001 – Turner Di Sentri – “Ten Million Tears’ b/w “Spanish Lace” – Released August, 1961

(Turner Di Sentri is Bob Gaudio – He was backed by Frankie Valli and Thomas DeVito)

45 – Topix 45-6002 – Billy Dixon & The Topics – “Trance” b/w “I Am All Alone” – Released August, 1961

(This group is the “Four” Lovers)

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45 – Topix PS-J 1 – Hedy, Freddie and Mee Too – “Spinaround” b/w “Playing Hard To Get” – Released August, 1961

(This is Hedy Sontag with The Four Lovers on backing vocals)

45 – Warwick M671 – Ginny Arnel – “Tribute To You” b/w “No One Cares” – Released October, 1961

(Four Lovers on backing vocals)

45 – ABC-Paramount 45-10259 – Matthew Reid – “Jane” b/w “Why Start” – Released October, 1961

( Reid was also known as Casey Paxton, David L’Heureux, DC David Charles LaRue, DC Larue and probably more – he sang and composed many tunes from the 1960’s)

(Four Lovers on backing vocals)

45 – Diamond D-101 – Kevin McQuinn – “Ev’ry Step Of The Way” b/w “Keep Me On Your Mind” – Released October, 1961

(Edward James Quinn Jr. – Also recorded as “E.J. Quinn” and “Evan Mitchell” – backing by “The Four Lovers” – He was a one-time member of “The Mello-Kings”  McQuinn was the first recording artist to sign with Diamond Records – He is shown below – middle –  with Diamond’s Joc Kolsky – left – and Bob Crewe – right)

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45 – Topix 45-6003 – Hal Miller & The Rays – “An Angel Cried” b/w “Hope, Faith and Dreams” – Released November, 1961

(Hal Miller was the lead singer for “The Silhouettes” of “Get a Job” fame – shown below left side – The “Four Lovers on backing vocals)

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45 – ABC-Paramount 45-10272 – Lenny O. Henry – “The Touch of You” b/w Goin’ To A Party” – Released November, 1961

(Daniel Cannon – Member of “The Vibra-Harps” – Four Lovers on backing vocals)

45 – Swan 4092 – Danny & The Juniors – “Twistin’ All Night Long” – (Four Seasons not on B Side) – Released November, 1961

(Four Lovers on backing vocals)

45 – Colpix CP 619 – Tom Legend – “Where I Belong” b/w I’m Always Chasing Rainbows” – Released December, 1961

(This is Tommy Payne who I believe is Bob Crewe’s brother? – Backing vocals by “The Four Lovers”)

45 – Southern Sound SS-109 – Johnny Halo – “Errand Boy” – b/w “Baby Sitter” by Cindi Price – Released December, 1961

(Halo from Brooklyn, New York – Backing vocals the “Four Seasons”)

45 – Columbia 4-42283 – Johnny Cabot – “Night and Day” b/w On My Own Again” – Released January, 1962

(“Johnny Cabot” was a character from a Johnny Cash motion picture “Five Minutes to Live – Probably a connection here with Cash and his record label “Columbia”.  Backing vocals the “Four Seasons” – A seven year-old Ron Howard appeared in this film as “Bobby Wilson”)

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45 – Warner Bros. 5258 – Virgil Holmes – “The Midnight Roll” – (Four Seasons not on A Side) – Released February, 1962

45 – Diamond D-109 – Kevin McQuinn – “Same Time, Same Place” b/w “Adventure” – Released February, 1962

(Edward James Quinn Jr. – Also recorded as “E.J. Quinn” and “Evan Mitchell” – backing by “The Four Lovers” – He was a one-time member of “The Mello-Kings”  McQuinn was the first recording artist to sign with Diamond Records – He is shown below – middle –  with Diamond’s Joc Kolsky – left – and Bob Crewe – right)

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45 – ABC-Paramount 45-10305 – Matthew Reid – “The Tarzan Twist (Bwana Ungaua)” b/w “Through My Years” – Released March, 1962

45 – Coral 62314 – Gigi Parker – “Someday Someday” b/w “Lonely Blue Girl” – Released April, 1962

(Gigi was a member of the girl group “Gigi Parker and the Lonelies” – Backing vocals by “The Four Seasons”)

45 – Topix 45-6004 – Johnny Halo – “Betty Jean” b/w “More Lovin’, Less Talkin'” – Released May, 1962

(Halo from Brooklyn, New York – Backing vocals the “Four Seasons”)

45 – Perri L 1004 – The Rays Featuring Hal Miller – “Are You Happy Now (Yeah Yeah Song)” b/w “Bright Brown Eyes” – Released May, 1962

(Hal Miller was the lead singer for “The Silhouettes” of “Get a Job” fame – shown below left side – The “Four Lovers on backing vocals)

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45 – Perri L 1007 – The Topics – “The Girl In My Dreams” (single sided 45) – Released June, 1962

(This is group is now “The Four Seasons”)

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45 – Gone 5134 – The Kokomos – “Mama’s Boy” b/w “Yours Truly” – Released August, 1962

(Backing vocals by “The Four Seasons” – nothing more known about this group)

45 – Scepter 1238 – Matthew Reid – “Faded Roses” b/w “Tomorrow” – Released August, 1962

45 – Diamond D-124 – Kevin McQuinn – “Philly-Del-Fe-Yea” b/w “Turn Back” – Released September, 1962

(Edward James Quinn Jr. – Also recorded as “E.J. Quinn” and “Evan Mitchell” – backing by “The Four Lovers” – He was a one-time member of “The Mello-Kings”  McQuinn was the first recording artist to sign with Diamond Records – He is shown below – middle –  with Diamond’s Joc Kolsky – left – and Bob Crewe – right)

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45 – Vee Jay VJ 466 – John Corey – “Pollyanna” b/w “I’ll Forget” – Released September, 1962

(Louis Adesso – He was a member of the “Del-Satins” Also performed as “Jon/Johnny Saber” – Thought that some members of the “Four Seasons” are on this recording – Other sources say it is “The Del-Satins” – Could be a combination)

45 – Kapp K-496 – Jerry Jackson – “She Lied” b/w “Wide Awake In A Dream” – Released November, 1962

(Born in the Northeast part of the U.S. – He started off with “Top Rank” Records in 1960 then it was onto Kapp, Columbia and finally Parkway – In his later life he became Christian Gospel singer – backing vocals here by “The Four Seasons”

45 – Smash S-1800 – Lenny O. Henry – “Mr. Moonlight” b/w “Burning Memories” – Released January, 1963

(Daniel Cannon – Member of “The Vibra-Harps” – Four Seasons on backing vocals)

45 – Philips 40091 – Ace Kennedy and the Candies – “Tel-A-Woman” b/w “Down Where The Gang Hangs Out” – Released February, 1963

(Backing vocals by the “Four Seasons”)

45 – Swan 4135 – Mark Valentino – “Do It!” b/w “Hey! You’re Lookin’ Good” – Released February, 1963

(From Brooklyn, New York – was a member of “One Night Stand” while a teenager and then “Hit n Run” in his later years.

45 – Kapp K-511 – Jerry Jackson – “Turn Back” b/w “Gypsy Eyes” – Released February, 1963

(Born in the Northeast part of the U.S. – He started off with “Top Rank” Records in 1960 then it was onto Kapp, Columbia and finally Parkway – In his later life he became Christian Gospel singer – backing vocals here by “The Four Seasons”

45 – Topix 45-6005 – Frank Hubbell & The Hub Caps – “Broken Date (Wild Side)” b/w “Broken Date (Bossa Nova Side)” – Released March, 1963

45 – Vivid G-1001 -Red Apple & The Turnovers – “Tin Lizzy” b/w “Tin Lizzy-Sleigh Ride” – Released March, 1963

(The lead vocalist is unknown – Backing vocals by “The Four Seasons)

LP – Wand 645 – Chuck Jackson – Encore – Recorded March, 1963

(Backing vocals by “The Four Seasons” on the track “Another Day”)

45 – Atco 45-6262 – Diane Renay – “A Dime A Dozen” b/w “Tender” – Released April, 1963

(Renee Diane Kushner – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – also used the name “Laura Greene” – Backing vocals by “The Four Seasons”)

45 – Josie 45-906 – The Kokomos – “No Lies” b/w “Open House Party” – Released April, 1963

(Backing vocals by “The Four Seasons” – nothing more known about this group)

45 – Vee Jay VJ 514 – Jon Corey (also John Corey) – “Hey Little Runaround” b/w “The Prettiest Girl I’ve Kissed Today” – Released April, 1963

(Louis Adesso – He was a member of the “Del-Satins” Also performed as “Jon/Johnny Saber” – Thought that some members of the “Four Seasons” are on this recording – Other sources say it is “The Del-Satins” – Could be a combination)

45 – Vivid V-1002 – L. B. Wilson – “Don’t” b/w “Poco Loco (Don’t – Part II)” – Released May, 1963

(Backing vocals by “The Four Seasons” – This record sells $40 to $70 for a copy)

45 – Vivid V-1003 – Kevin McQuinn – “Satisfied” b/w “It’s Only Me” – Released May, 1963

(Edward James Quinn Jr. – Also recorded as “E.J. Quinn” and “Evan Mitchell” – backing by “The Four Lovers” – He was a one-time member of “The Mello-Kings”  McQuinn was the first recording artist to sign with Diamond Records – He is shown below – middle –  with Diamond’s Joc Kolsky – left – and Bob Crewe – right)

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45 – Topix 45-6006 – Matthew Reid – “Lollypops Went Out Of Style” b/w “Cry Myself To Sleep” – Released June, 1963

45 – Atco 45-6268 – The High Keyes – “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be)” b/w “Daddy, Ooh Long Legs” – Released June, 1963

(The High Keyes (sometimes “Keys”) was fronted by Troy Keyes (Troy C. Keyes – from Pantego, North Carolina – was a member of “The Starlites” – the “Velours” – briefly with “The Rays” – an other member  of the High Keyes was Jimmy Williams – Late in his career he performed with a reformed group of “Crests” – Backing vocals here by “The Four Seasons”.

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45 – Decca 31505 – The Page Boys – “Ole Buttermilk Sky” b/w “If Tears Could Speak” – Released June, 1963

(The Page Boys were Phil Melillo, Ralph Rizzulo, Ralph De Capua – managed by Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio who signed on with Decca to product acts of their own choosing (see clipping below) – and most likely backed here by members of the “Four Seasons”)

45 – Arlen 733 – Eddie Bryan – “The Feeling” b/w “Your Lips” – Released June, 1963

(Backing vocals by members of “The Four Seasons”)

45 – Topix 45-6007 – Alex Alda – “Little Pony” b/w (blank side) – Released July, 1963

(Alex Alda is Nick Massi backed up by some of the “Four Lovers” minus Frankie Valli)

45 – Genius 45-2100 – Larry Lee – “Stood Up” b/w “Little Lana” – Released July, 1963

(“Larry Lee” is Bob Gaudio – with backing from the rest of the “Four Seasons”)

45 – Vee Jay VJ 540 – Hedy Sontag – “Hello Heartaches” b/w “Anymore” – Released July, 1963

This is Hedy Sontag with The Four Seasons on backing vocals)

45 – Gold Records International 212 – Cholli Maye – “You Will Never Get Away” b/w “Cry For Me” – Released August, 1963

(Most likely backed up here by “The Four Seasons”)

45 – Vivid 45-1004 – Van Trevor – “A Fling of the Past” b/w “C’mon Now Baby” – Released August, 1963

(Van Trevor was one of the only Band Box label artists out of Denver, Colorado to place a song on any national chart – country in his case – Backing vocals by “The Four Seasons”)

45 – Atco 45-6276 – The High Keys – “Pistol Packin’ Mama” b/w “You’re My Girl (I’ve Got A Right to Love You)” – Released November, 1963

(The High Keyes (sometimes “Keys”) was fronted by Troy Keyes (Troy C. Keyes – from Pantego, North Carolina – was a member of “The Starlites” – the “Velours” – briefly with “The Rays” – an other member  of the High Keyes was Jimmy Williams – Late in his career he performed with a reformed group of “Crests” – Backing vocals here by “The Four Seasons”.

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45 – Laurie 3217 – Bernadette Carroll – “Nicky” b/w “All The Way Home I Cried” – Released January, 1964

(Bernadette Carroll – New Jersey – was a one time member of “The Angels”, “Jessica James & The Outlaws” and the “Starlets” – Here she is backed by “The Four Winds” with production and composing support from Bob Gaudio, Nick Massi and Bob Crewe – Best known for her hit “Party Girl”)

45 – Mala 471 – Evan Mitchell – “Get Back In Bed” b/w “Pollyanna” – Released January, 1964

(This is the same artist as Kevin McQuinn – Real name is Edward James Quinn Jr. – Also recorded as “E.J. Quinn” and “Evan Mitchell” – backing by “The Four Seasons” – He was a one-time member of “The Mello-Kings”)

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45 – Vee Jay VJ 578 – Wade Flemons – “Watch Over Her” b/w “When It Rains It Pours” – Released January, 1964

(Wade Herbert Flemons – Coffeyville, Kansas – was with the “New Comers”, the “Salty Peppers” and for a short time “Earth, Wind and Fire” – He was 17 when he recorded his biggest hit “Here I Stand” in 1958 – The Four Seasons Appreciation Society in the UK states that backing vocals on this record were most likely “The Four Seasons”) – The surf studio group “The Rip Chords” recorded “Here I Stand” in 1963 taking it to number 51 on the Hot 100)

45 – Atlantic 45-2220 – Larry & The Legends – “Don’t Pick On My Baby” b/w “The Creep” – Released February, 1964

(Fronted by Larry Santos – Lawrence E. Santos – Oneonta, New York – also a member of “The Madisons” (shown below) – went on to a successful 1970’s career – Backing vocals here by “The Four Seasons”)

45 – Amy 900 – The Rays Featuring Hal Miller – “Love Another Girl” b/w “Sad Saturday” – Released February, 1964

(Hal Miller was the lead singer for “The Silhouettes” of “Get a Job” fame – shown below left side – The “Four Lovers on backing vocals)

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45 – Atco 45-6290 – The High Keys – “Don’t Leave Me Now” b/w “One Horse Town” – Released March, 1964

(The High Keyes (sometimes “Keys”) was fronted by Troy Keyes (Troy C. Keyes – from Pantego, North Carolina – was a member of “The Starlites” – the “Velours” – briefly with “The Rays” – an other member  of the High Keyes was Jimmy Williams – Late in his career he performed with a reformed group of “Crests” – Backing vocals here by “The Four Seasons”.

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45 – Smash S-1887 – The Four-Evers – “Be My Girl” b/w If I Were A Magician” – Charted Number 75 Hot 100 – Released April, 1964

(Controversy here – but the Four Seasons Appreciation Society in their session logs documentation states that Frankie Valli did provide supporting but not lead vocals on “Be My Girl”.)

45 – Atco 45-6293 – Scott Oberle – “Cupid’s Poison Dart” b/w “You’re My Dream Girl” – Released April, 1964

(Frankie Valli is thought to be the vocalist singing here – Backing vocals by other members of “The Four Seasons”)

45 – Amy 909 – Hal Miller – “On My Own Two Feet” b/w “I Still Care” – Released July, 1964

(Hal Miller was the lead singer for “The Silhouettes” of “Get a Job” fame – shown below left side – The “Four Lovers on backing vocals)

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45 – Atlantic 45-2250 – Larry Santos – “Someday (When I’m Gone)” b/w “True” – Released September, 1964

(Lawrence E. Santos – Oneonta, New York – fronted “The Legends – Was also a member of “The Madisons” (shown below) – went on to a successful 1970’s career – Backing vocals here by “The Four Seasons”)

45 – MGM K13301 – Michael Allen – “She” b/w “People Forget So Fast” – Released November, 1964

(Backing vocals by “The Four Seasons”)

45 – Philips 40259 – Tommy Hayes – “Glistening Lights” b/w “Trance” – Released February, 1965

(Tommy DeHayes – Was 15 years old when he first recorded this song – Backing vocals by members of the “Four Seasons”)

45 – Amy 920 – Hal Miller – “A Blessing In Disguise” – Released March, 1965 (Four Seasons not on the “B” side)

(Hal Miller was the lead singer for “The Silhouettes” of “Get a Job” fame – shown below left side – The “Four Lovers on backing vocals)

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