Frankie Valli
American singer
Frankie Valli
Frankie Valli is an American popular singer, most famous as frontman of The Four Seasons beginning in 1960. He is well-known for his unusually powerful falsetto voice. Valli scored 29 Top 40 hits with The Four Seasons, one Top 40 hit under The Four Seasons' alias 'The Wonder Who?', and nine Top 40 hits as a solo artist.
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Review: Jarrod Spector’s Jersey Tour, Valli to the Boss and More
NYTimes - 4 months
After playing Frankie Valli and Barry Mann on Broadway, Mr. Spector brings his autobiographical “Jukebox Life” to Feinstein’s/54 Below.
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‘Jersey Boys’ Will Close in January
NYTimes - 6 months
The jukebox musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons opened in 2005 and won four Tony Awards in 2006. It is the 12th-longest-running show in Broadway history.
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How to Fill up 1,000 Concert Seats the Midtown Men Way
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Christian Hoff at my rooftop Photo credit: Michael Hull of In late June 2015, I had a chance to interview Christian Hoff, a Tony Award winner and one of the four members of the Midtown Men band. Hoff, along with his three multi-talented band members, were previously part of the the original Jersey Boys. Today, the Midtown Men band can fill a 750 to 1,000 seater venue with fans of old school music, from all age groups. In their fifth season now, Hoff, Daniel Reichard, Michael Longoria and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer revitalize their audiences with live musical performances from the 60s. Apart from performing in select cities, The Midtown Men occasionally offer a symphonic interpretation of shows that they host with re-known ensembles such as Philly POPs. From left to right: Pat Palumbo, Hoff's manager, Christian Hoff and Judy Sahagian Photo credit: Will Fang of Growing naturally The quartet ran the Jersey Boys band back in ...
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The Musical <i>Jersey Boys</i> About Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons Set For Run at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit
The Huffington Post - over 1 year
(Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel) Even as generations pass by, there's timeless music that has always stayed in the hearts of the fans all while finding new, younger listeners. Hitting their fame in the 1960s, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons redefined pop music with songs like "Sherry", "Big Girls Don't Cry", "Oh What A Night", "Walk Like A Man", "Can't Take My Eyes Off You", and "Working My Way Back To You." The story of Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi is one of four blue-collar guys from the wrong part of town finding the struggles into fame and fortune, and this tale has now made it onto stage with the musical Jersey Boys. Recently, I was able to chat with one of the cast members Drew Seeley, who plays Bob Gaudio in Jersey Boys, and we talked about how he prepared for the role and his experience in the world of Disney. How did you prepare for your role as Bob Gaudio subject matter wise? When we got cast, we got a study session from the produ ...
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Rangers Defeat Devils, 7-3, at Yankee Stadium
Bronx News - about 3 years
Rangers Defeat Devils, 7-3, at Yankee Stadium By Howard Goldin BRONX, NEW YORK, JANUARY 27- A below freezing temperature of 24.9 degrees did not dissuade a sell-out crowd of 50,105 from purchasing tickets to the first outdoor hockey game in New York City.  Neither the cold nor the snow showers that fell on Yankee Stadium later in the game interfered with the contest or lessened the excitement of the fans in the stands. Strangely the game was delayed for more than one hour by weather conditions, the glare of the sun.  The winning goaltender Henrik Lundquist of the Rangers told reporters after the game, “I was out there when the sun was still out and it was kind of hard.” After an enthusiastic and entertaining version of a half-dozen of the hit recordings of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons performed by cast members of the Tony winning musical Jersey Boys, the dramatic introduction of the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils began. Members of both teams walked to ...
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Unrest sees Frankie Valli concert axed
Byron Shire News - about 3 years
SIXTIES doo-wop singer Frankie Valli has cancelled a concert in Bangkok this week because of Thailand's political unrest.     
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Movie Preview 2014: 10 Trends To Look For In Theaters This Year
Huffington Post - about 3 years
NEW YORK (AP) — Hollywood may be hoping for a little less drama in 2014. 2013 was a tale of two cinemas. Blockbusters like "The Lone Ranger" and "After Earth" flopped spectacularly while many in the industry (including Steven Spielberg) bemoaned the increasingly commercial trajectory of the studios. And yet by the end of the year, Hollywood had set a record with nearly $11 billion in revenue, while critics hailed the year's crop as one of the best in years. How will 2014 unfold? The plot, at least, will be unchanged, with Hollywood moving to the familiar pattern of sketchy spring releases, summer superhero blockbusters and fall awards-contenders. Here are 10 things to look for at the movies in 2014: STELLAR SCI-FI Anticipation runs especially high for "Interstellar" (Nov. 7), Christopher Nolan's deep space travel adventure starring Matthew McConaughey. Nolan, the director of "Inception" and "The Dark Knight," is one of few directors whose name alone makes fanboys salivate. His i ...
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Jarrod Spector, 'Jersey Boys' Star, On 'A Little Help From My Friends' At NYC's 54 Below
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Jarrod Spector doesn’t mind being typecast and, more specifically, he doesn't mind if audiences still think of him as Frankie Valli. The actor, who played Valli for a staggering 1,500 performances in Broadway’s “Jersey Boys,” says his new show grew out of a conversation he had with the legendary Four Seasons frontman. “I asked Frankie who he listened to when he was growing up, and he mentioned a guy named Little Jimmy Scott,” Spector recalled. “I’d never heard of him, but I listened to his music and I thought, that’s where Frankie’s voice came from!” Spector says that revelation, paired with his personal passion for rock-and-roll history, formed the basis for “A Little Help From My Friends,” which opened Oct. 27 at New York’s 54 Below and continues on Nov. 3, 10 and 17. With an eclectic set that includes Four Seasons hits as well as tunes made famous by Paul McCartney, Queen, Michael Jackson and Bruno Mars, Spector says his show traces the “legacy of the rock tenor voice,” extendi ...
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Frankie Valli keeps 'Jersey' legacy going
Chicago Times - over 3 years
Frankie Valli, the original Jersey Boy, returns to Chicago Saturday night for a concert at the Chicago Theatre. He talked about the "Jersey Boys" movie, among other topics, in the edited talk below.    
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Harmonic hits fresh as ever
Camden Advertiser - over 3 years
EVER wanted to see Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons or The Beach Boys in Camden? It might not happen, but a show this month could be the next best thing.
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Fun tribute show celebrated the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons with slick style at the Alhambra, Bradford.
Batley & Birstall News - over 3 years
Being 25 years old, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons were a bit before my time.
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David Protess: Requited Love
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Sherry, Sherry baby Sherry, Sherry baby Sher, Sher, Sher-ry bay-ay-by Sherry, can you come out tonight? Why don't you come out, with your red dress on Come out, mmm you look so fine Come out, move it nice and easy Girl, you make me lose my mind! --The Four Seasons, "Sherry" On a steamy July afternoon, my teenage friends and I gathered for a game of hardball. Team captains were chosen by the flip of a coin and took turns selecting sides, moving from best player to worst. It was deep enough into the summer for the picks to be predictable. I was the self-appointed starting pitcher for our team. Not that I was any good. It was simply too hot for my teammates to argue with me. But on that day, I struck out the side to open the game. Hearing applause, I turned to my right and spotted two girls who were regulars at our games. I don't remember one of them. The other was Sherry. A year behind me in high school, Sherry was a slender 16-year-old known for her smarts ...
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Mike Ragogna: Dark: A Conversation with Martyn Ware, Plus James The Giant's "Two Weeks On The Ocean" Exclusive and Capricorn Studios in Peril
Huffington Post - over 3 years
JAMES THE GIANT'S "TWO WEEKS ON THE OCEAN" Photo Credit: Larkin Small According to James The Giant, "The song, 'Two Weeks on the Ocean,' was written two weeks after my brother, Julian Brennan, was killed in action in Afghanistan. The video started out as my father's project. A few months ago, he told me that he wanted to put together clips that he had of Julian and put them to 'Two Weeks on the Ocean.' When I decided to release the song, I asked him if he would be willing to work on the video. He compiled all the footage and photos and created the first edit of the video. I enlisted the help of photo/videographer Max Silverman to get the shots of me performing on Bernal Hill. Then together with a talented young editor name Julius Doogan from Brooklyn, the two videos were merged to create what you see here. "Max shot the footage low contrast with the intent that it could be brightened up in post production. However, when I started to work on the cut, I decided the mu ...
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Rachel's Gay Dad On 'Glee' Goes Retro For NYC's Town Hall
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Few people are as enthusiastic about the future of musical theater as Brian Stokes Mitchell. The Tony Award-winning actor, who was last seen on the Great White Way in the musical adaptation of Pedro Almodóvar’s “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” in 2010, says today’s Broadway is part of a natural and “wonderful” evolution of a uniquely American art form. “Everything evolves, and theater is the same way,” Mitchell told The Huffington Post in an interview. “It’s about new inspirations, new talent and new ways of looking at things. Musical theater is not what it was 50 years ago or 100 years ago, it’s turned into something new, so let’s stay on that horse, keep riding it and see what comes next.” Still, Mitchell -- who belongs to that unique group of Broadway performers who inspire excitement simply by having their name attached to a marquee -- will turn back the clock a bit for his July 8 performance at New York’s Town Hall. The 55-year-old baritone is the inaugu ...
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David Finkle: Easy Listener: Tom Wopat, Kevin Dozier, John Lloyd Young Are Singers You Need to Know
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Hey music lovers, let's consider--for want of a better term--pop crooners. At the moment, the greater listening public seems to think there are only two worth knowing. They probably don't even need to be named. Nevertheless, they will be: Michael Bublé and Josh Groban. Of them, just keep in mind that the former seems deliberately to have staked out post-Frank Sinatra territory for good or bad and the latter has pledged himself to a characterless emotionality that eventually makes everything he sings sound like everything else he's just sung. For that reason, it might be helpful for fans of popular singing to know about CDs--or downloads where available--from three men who bring much more to their work, who infuse their singing with personality, strength, subtlety, a notable good taste for material and a devotion to the texts and subtexts of the lyrics they sing. More than that, they each work with superb producers, musicians and arrangers, in many instances the best p ...
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Len Berman: Top 5 Sports Stories
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
TGIF everyone here's my Top 5 for May 3, 2013 from Len Berman at 1. Quick Hits For only the second time in the last 22 years the Golden State Warriors have advanced to the second round of the NBA Playoffs after beating Denver in six games, 92-88 last night. Brooklyn forced a seventh game tomorrow night with Chicago for the right to face Miami in the second round. Phil Jackson will serve as a consultant to the Detroit Pistons as they look for a new coach. In the NHL St. Louis now leads champion L.A. two games to none. Washington and Ottawa won their series openers. Toronto broadcaster, former pitcher Jack Morris, accused Boston pitcher Clay Buchholz of throwing a spitball Wednesday night. The Red Sox deny it. The 139th Kentucky Derby is tomorrow. 2. News of the Day I'm just curious Yankee fans. Alex Rodriguez will begin baseball activities Monday in Tampa. Is that good news or bad? 3. Live From Pittsburgh Props to the Pittsburgh Pi ...
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Guess Which Irish Soul Saga Is Becoming A Musical
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
LONDON — London's West End is developing an Irish lilt. The Tony Award-winning, Dublin-set musical "Once" is a hit, and on Tuesday producers announced that a long-awaited stage version of Irish soul saga "The Commitments" will open later this year. Roddy Doyle's exuberant 1987 novel about a bunch of working-class Dubliners who form an unlikely soul band is considered a literary landmark, and was made into a successful 1991 movie. But a stage adaptation has been a long time coming. Doyle, who has scripted the stage version, says it's partly because the runaway success of "The Commitments" made it "something of a monster" from which the needed a break. It's also, he admits, partly because he never really liked musicals. "In the house I live in, if `The Sound of Music' comes on, all the male members, including the dogs, stand up and walk out," he said. "And the female members stay and cry." But Doyle changed his mind after seeing shows such as the Frankie ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Frankie Valli
  • 2016
    Age 81
    From March 2016 to January 2017, "Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons" were touring the US, scheduled to play small-to-mid-size venues such as the Silver Legacy Casino in Reno, Nevada, the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona and the County Fair in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.
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  • 2015
    Age 80
    In 2015 he did interviews as himself on the AMC television series The Making of the Mob: New York.
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  • 2014
    Age 79
    On the November 21, 2014 episode of Hawaii Five-0 entitled "Ka Hana malu (Inside Job)", Valli played mysterious lawyer Leonard Cassano who was engaged to Carol Burnett's character, Aunt Deb.
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    He appeared in the 2014 film And So It Goes.
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    This musical was adapted into a 2014 film of the same name directed by Clint Eastwood, with Young again appearing as Valli.
    More Details Hide Details In October 2007, Valli released Romancing the '60s, an album containing covers of his favorite songs from the 1960s, two of which—"Sunny" and "Any Day Now"—he had previously recorded.
  • 2012
    Age 77
    In October 2012, Valli made his Broadway debut with a week-long concert engagement at the Broadway Theatre in New York starting October 19.
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    In May 2012, Valli received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his commitment to many humanitarian causes.
    More Details Hide Details Singles Studio albums Many of Valli's solo recordings, recorded before 1975 were recorded with the participation of one or more of The Four Seasons. Compilations and miscellaneous Four Seasons albums with Frankie Valli "solo" recordings
  • 2008
    Age 73
    In 2008, NIAF presented a scholarship in his name to an Italian-American music student during the foundation's East Coast Gala.
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  • 2006
    Age 71
    Valli has been a supporter of heritage-related causes, particularly the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF). In 2006, he received the NIAF Lifetime Achievement Award at the foundation's Anniversary Gala.
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  • 1998
    Age 63
    In 1998 he played the role of Frank LoCascio the former Consigliere of the Gambino crime family under John Gotti's regime in the TV movie Witness to the Mob.
    More Details Hide Details He also made several appearances in Seasons 5 and 6 of the HBO series The Sopranos as mobster Rusty Millio (once referred to as "The Mayor of Munchkin Land"). Also, his and the Four Seasons' music is heard in other Sopranos episodes, especially in the one eponymously titled "Big Girls Don't Cry".
  • 1985
    Age 50
    Valli made an appearance in 1985 on Miami Vice season 2 episode 5 titled "Buddies".
    More Details Hide Details He played Frank Doss, an outfit Boss. Valli made a special guest appearance (as himself) during Season 8 of Full House, on the episode "DJ's Choice".
  • 1984
    Age 49
    In 1984 he married Randy Clohessy, 26 years his junior; the couple had three sons and separated in 2004.
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  • 1980
    Age 45
    In 1980 his stepdaughter, Celia, was killed when she fell off a fire escape, and six months later a drug overdose claimed the life of his youngest daughter Francine.
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    The musical dramatizes several real-life incidents from Valli's life, including his estrangement from daughter Francine, who died in 1980.
    More Details Hide Details The show has been widely acclaimed, financially successful, and won six Tony Awards. The musical has touring companies around the world, as well as a version at Paris Las Vegas.
    Surgery performed by Los Angeles ear specialist Victor Goodhill restored most of his hearing by 1980.
    More Details Hide Details In 1992, a new Four Seasons album was released entitled Hope and Glory. In 2005, the musical Jersey Boys opened on Broadway. Besides performances of many of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons hit recordings, it features a biographical narrative, told as four separate points of view by each of the members of The Four Seasons (Tommy DeVito, Frankie Valli, Nick Massi and Bob Gaudio), with Valli himself portrayed by John Lloyd Young in the original production.
  • 1978
    Age 43
    He had two further chart successes the following year, "Save Me, Save Me" in November 1978, which entered the Billboard Easy Listening chart; and "Fancy Dancer" in January 1979, which entered the pop charts.
    More Details Hide Details Valli began suffering from otosclerosis in 1967, forcing him to "sing from memory" in the latter part of the 1970s.
    In 1978, he sang the theme song for the film version of the stage play Grease, a song written by Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees, which became a number one hit.
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  • 1976
    Age 41
    In 1976, Valli covered The Beatles song "A Day in the Life" for the ephemeral musical documentary All This and World War II.
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  • 1975
    Age 40
    In 1975, his single "My Eyes Adored You" hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year, he also had a number six Billboard hit with the disco-laden "Swearin' to God", while a further UK Chart success came with "Fallen Angel", written by Guy Fletcher and Doug Flett; and produced by Bob Gaudio. Valli was in the UK charts with this at the same time as The Four Seasons enjoyed a UK hit with "Silver Star" on which Valli did not appear as lead.
  • 1974
    Age 39
    He married MaryAnn Hannagan in 1974, and that marriage lasted eight years.
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  • 1971
    Age 36
    Valli has been married three times. He married his first wife, Mary Mandel, who already had a two-year-old daughter, when he was in his early twenties; they had two daughters together and divorced 13 years later in 1971.
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  • 1966
    Age 31
    "You're Ready Now", a Valli solo recording from 1966, became a surprise hit in the UK as part of the Northern soul scene and hit number eleven on the UK pop charts in December 1970.
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  • 1965
    Age 30
    As a footnote to this period of his career with The Four Seasons, the group's bassist and vocal arranger Nick Massi was replaced in 1965 by Charlie Calello, the group's instrumental arranger, and, then shortly thereafter, Calello was replaced by Joseph LaBracio, who went by the pseudonym Joe Long.
    More Details Hide Details During the 1960s, Gaudio and his then-songwriting partner, producer Bob Crewe, worked with Valli to craft solo recordings with varying degrees of success. This concept of a major recording artist performing solo in opposition to his or her own group performances was rare in the rock/pop world (Buddy Holly and The Crickets were an exception) and may have given tacit approval to other groups and members of other groups to pursue such a path. The potential to dominate the charts with group and solo recordings was great, and Valli, Gaudio and Crewe occasionally rose to the occasion with both great performances and commercial hits. Valli was the original artist to record the Gaudio-Crewe composition "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)", a performance that was copied nearly note for note when recorded by The Walker Brothers, an American group based in England. The Walker Brothers version was a huge success. Valli continued to record solo performances and finally reached major success with the release of "Can't Take My Eyes Off You", which reached number two in the charts and was widely recorded by many other artists.
  • 1962
    Age 27
    As the lead singer of The Four Seasons, Valli had a string of hits beginning with the number-one hit "Sherry" in 1962.
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  • 1953
    Age 18
    He cut his first single, "My Mother's Eyes", in 1953 as "Frankie Valley", a variation on a name he adopted from "Texas" Jean Valli, a favorite female singer.
    More Details Hide Details Around this time, Valli and Tommy DeVito left the house band at The Strand and formed The Variatones with Hank Majewski, Frank Cattone and Billy Thompson. In 1956, as part of an audition backing a female singer, the group impressed New York record man Peter Paul, who had them auditioning at RCA Victor a week later. Renamed The Four Lovers, the group recorded several singles and one album's worth of tracks. They had a minor hit with "You're the Apple of My Eye" in 1956. Nickie DeVito and Hank Majewski left in 1958 to be replaced by Nick Macioci (now Nick Massi) and Hugh Garrity. Massi was in and out of the group, and, occasionally Charles Calello joined on accordion. The group continued to perform until 1959, when Bob Gaudio became a member. After a few more changes, the group was renamed "The 4 Seasons" after a cocktail lounge the group was at after auditioning in a big suburban bowling alley in 1960.
  • 1952
    Age 17
    In late 1952, the Variety Trio disbanded and Valli, along with Tommy DeVito, became part of the house band at The Strand in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
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  • 1951
    Age 16
    Valli began his professional singing career in 1951 with the Variety Trio (Nickie DeVito, Tommy DeVito and Nick Macioci).
    More Details Hide Details Valli's desire to sing in public was initially granted when, having heard Valli sing, the group offered him a guest spot when the group performed.
  • 1937
    Age 2
    Much of the previous official publicity surrounding his career used 1937 as the birth year.
    More Details Hide Details Other sources, such as the Bear Family Records release, titled "The Four Lovers" (BCD 15424), as well as a 1965 mug shot, available through The Smoking Gun, all identify his year of birth as 1934.
  • 1934
    Born on May 3, 1934.
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