(edit: reformatted to make clear that most of the add’l history/commentary is from me)
Motown Records - Billboard Magazine Advertise 1974
Note Frankie Valli at the center of this Motown 1974 ad. Valli and the Four Seasons were on Motown west coast subsidiary MoWest from 1971-1974 and made some of the most interesting music of their career there; however, the public wasn’t having any (though “The Night” later became a Northern Soul classic), and by the end of the Four Seasons’ time there, MoWest was hesitant to keep throwing good money after bad. Valli attempted to buy back the whole MoWest archive of his music, but on learning the price opted to just buy one song - "My Eyes Adored You." From Wikipedia:
After the MoWest label balked at the idea of releasing it, the recording was sold to lead singer Frankie Valli for $4000. After rejections by Capitol, Atlantic, and other labels, Valli succeeded in getting the recording released on Private Stock Records, but the owner/founder of the label wanted only Valli’s name on the label. The single was released in the U.S. in November 1974 and topped the Billboard Hot 100 in March 1975.
This has been today’s homily on the subject of trusting your gut.