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Encyclopedia > Frankie Valli
Frankie Valli
Background information
Birth name Francis Stephen Castelluccio
Born May 3, 1934 (age 73)
or 1937 (age 70)
Origin First Ward, Newark, New Jersey
Genre(s) Pop/Rock/Doo wop[1]
Occupation(s) singer
Voice type(s) falsetto
Associated
acts
The Four Seasons

Frankie Valli (born May 3, 1934 or 1937[2]) is best known as the falsetto-voiced lead singer of The Four Seasons, a music act of the 1960s, which continues to perform. Valli and the other original members of The Four Seasons were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990[3] and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999.[1] is the 123rd day of the year (124th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Falsetto (Italian diminutive of falso, false) is a singing technique that produces sounds that are pitched higher than the singers normal range, in the treble range. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969. ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ... See also: 1990 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1990 Record labels established in 1990 list of years in music // January 21 - MTVs Unplugged premieres on cable television with musical guest, Squeeze February 6 - Billy Idol is involved in a serious motorcycle accident, resulting in several broken bones. ... The Vocal Group Hall of Fame was organized to honor what they term the Greatest Vocal Groups in the World. The Hall of Fame is headquartered in Sharon, Pennsylvania, United States. ... See also: 1999 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1999 Record labels established in 1999 // January 7 After eight years of marriage, Rod Stewart and supermodel wife Rachel Hunter announce their separation. ...

Contents

Valli scored 29 Top 40 Hits with The 4 Seasons, 1 Top 40 Hit under The 4 Seasons alias of 'The Wonder Who?' and 9 Top 40 Hits as a "solo artist." As a member of The 4 Seasons, Valli scored Number One Hits with "Sherry", "Big Girls Don't Cry", "Walk Like A Man", "Rag Doll", and "December 1963 (Oh, What A Night)". As a "solo artist", Valli scored Number One Hits with "My Eyes Adored You" and "Grease". His best known "solo" recording, though, is Can't Take My Eyes Off You, which reached Number 2 in 1967. "You're Ready Now", a Valli "solo" recording from 1966, became a surprise hit in England as part of the Northern soul scene and hit Number 11 on the British pop charts in December 1970.


Music career

1950s-1960s

Valli started his singing career in 1952. He cut his first single in 1953 as "Frankie Valley," a name he adopted from Jean Valley, his favorite female singer. In the mid-1950s he split up with the Travellers and joined The Variety Trio, which consisted of Tommy DeVito, Tommy's twin brother Nick, and Hank Majewski. They redubbed themselves the Variatones, and later, "The Four Lovers" and had a top 40 hit with "Apple of My Eye" in 1956. After a few more name changes, the group was renamed "The Four Seasons" in 1960. About the same time, Valli "re-Italianized" his name to its current form. Nick DeVito and Majewski left the group in 1960/1 and were replaced by Bob Gaudio and Nick Massi. Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tommy DeVito (born June 19, 1928) is an American musician and singer, best-known as a member and the lead guitarist of the pop group The Four Seasons. ... The Four Seasons, (known off and on since 1967 as Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons), was an American pop and rock group, distinct from many similar groups of the early to mid-1960s in its traditional Italian-American sound. ... A car from 1956 Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Nick Massi (born Nicholas Macioci) (September 19, 1935 - December 24, 2000) was the bass singer for the Four Seasons, born in Newark, New Jersey. ...


As the lead singer of the Four Seasons, he had a string of hits beginning with #1 hit "Sherry" in 1962. Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


1970s

In 1975, Valli's song My Eyes Adored You hit number 1 on Billboard's Hot 100. My Eyes Adored You is a popular song written by Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan. ...


In 1976, Valli covered the Beatles song "A Day in the Life" for the ephemeral musical documentary All This and World War II. The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ... A Day in the Life is a song composed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and recorded by The Beatles for their album Sgt. ... All This and World War II (1976) is a musical documentary. ...


Valli sang the theme song from the 1978 film version of Grease, which was a #1 hit. The theme music of a radio or television program is a melody closely associated with the show, and usually played during the title sequence and/or end credits. ... For the original stage musical of the same name, see Grease (musical). ...


Discography

Singles:

Main article: List of U.S. singles by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons

Albums: This is a list of U.S. singles recorded and released by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in their various guises since 1953. ...

For albums recorded as part of The Four Seasons, see Discography of The Four Seasons

Albums recorded before 1975 were recorded with the assistance of The Four Seasons. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

  • 1967: Frankie Valli Solo - Philips Records (a.k.a. "The Four Seasons Present Frankie Valli Solo")
  • 1968: Timeless - Philips
  • 1970: Half and Half - Philips (half Four Seasons, half Valli "solo")
  • 1975: Close Up - Private Stock
  • 1975: Valli Gold - Private Stock
  • 1976: Valli - Private Stock
  • 1977: Lady Put the Light Out - Private Stock
  • 1978: Frankie Valli Hits - Private Stock
  • 1978: Frankie Valli... Is the Word - Warner Bros. Records
  • 1979: Heaven Above Me - MCA
  • 1980: Very Best of Frankie Valli - MCA
  • 2007: Romancing the 60's - Motown

Philips Records is a record label that was founded by Dutch electronics giant Philips. ... Private Stock Records was a record label which was started in 1974 by Larry Uttal after he was outted from Bell Records. ... Warner Bros. ... MCA Records was an American-based record company owned by MCA Inc. ... Motown Records, Inc. ...

Television appearances

Valli made several appearances on the HBO series The Sopranos portraying New York mob captain Rusty Millio. This article is about the television series. ... The following is a listing of fictional characters from the HBO series, The Sopranos that are associated with the Lupertazzi Crime Family. ...


Valli played himself in an episode of Full House. This article is about the TV show. ...


Personal life

Valli was born Francis Stephen Castelluccio in the First Ward of Newark, New Jersey. Seventh Avenue, formerly known as the First Ward, is a neighborhood in Newark, New Jerseys North Ward. ... Nickname: Map of Newark in Essex County Coordinates: , Country State County Essex Founded/Incorporated 1666/1836 Government  - Mayor Cory Booker, term of office 2006–2010 Area [1]  - Total 26. ...


Valli is father of three daughters, Antonia, Francine, and Celia, a son, Francesco, and twins, Emilio and Brando.


They are now living in Long Island, New York.


Trivia

John Lloyd Young won the 2006 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Valli in the musical Jersey Boys. John Lloyd Young won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical in 2006 for his role as Frankie Valli in the musical Jersey Boys. ... The Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical is awarded to the actor who was voted as the best actor in a musical play, whether a new production or a revival. ... Jersey Boys is a documentary-style musical based on the lives of one of the most successful 60s rock n roll groups, the Four Seasons. ...


Notes

  1. ^ a b Vocal Group Hall of Fame entry for "The Four Seasons"
  2. ^ There is a controversy surrounding his birth date. Most sources say he was born on May 3, 1937, a date derived[citation needed] from information included in early-1960s publicity releases for The Four Seasons. However, other sources, including a 1965 "police mug shot" available through The Smoking Gun (http://www.thesmokinggun.com/mugshots/fvallimug1.html), identify his year of birth as 1934. Some[attribution needed] claim that his date of birth was deliberately reported incorrectly by the record company when the single "Sherry" was released. Valli has never made a public statement regarding his age.
  3. ^ Rock and Roll Hall of Fame entry for "The Four Seasons"

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External links

  • Frankie Valli at TV.com
  • The Genuine Imitation Life Gazette, a fan's website for Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
  • Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 1966 and Frankie Valli performs "Grease" 1978 from YouTube

 
 

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