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Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Roughly speaking, "Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons" is the billing given to the Four Seasons after the group's 1960s heyday, as lead singer Valli became more prominent and personnel changes began to reduce the others to his backup band. In practice, the two billings can be interchangeable; many compilations containing the group's '60s hits as well as Valli solo recordings are credited to Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons as well.

A New Jersey-based vocal quartet that was also nearly a self-contained band (they carried a drummer who was not at first listed as a full-fledged member), the Four Seasons were billed numerically as "the 4 Seasons" when they emerged in 1962 with their first hit, the chart-topping "Sherry." The four members were Valli (born Francis Castelluccio in Newark, NJ, on May 3, 1934) and singer/guitarist Tommy DeVito (born in Montclair, NJ, on June 19, 1928), both of whom had also been in the Four Lovers, the precursor to the Four Seasons, plus singer/bassist Nick Massi (born Nicholas Macioci, September 19, 1926; died December 24, 2000), and singer/keyboardist Bob Gaudio (born Robert Gaudio, in the Bronx, New York, on November 17, 1942). Massi left the group in 1965, and Joe Long (born Joseph LaBracio on September 5, 1941) joined. On the back covers of their albums and the labels of their singles, the Four Seasons emphasized the presence of their distinctive lead singer, known for his piercing falsetto by printing the slogan, "Featuring the 'Sound' of Frankie Valli." And Valli launched a concurrent solo career in 1965. But throughout the '60s, the group was billed as "the 4 Seasons." During the decade, they charted 39 singles and 21 albums on the Billboard pop charts, making them one of the most successful recording acts of the era.

As the Four Seasons' popularity waned toward the end of the '60s, the group began to meld its image with that of its lead singer, who had stepped out with such hits as "Can't Take My Eyes off You." In April 1970, the single "Patch of Blue" was billed to Frankie Valli & the 4 Seasons, the first time that credit had appeared; the group's personnel, however, remained the same. The May 1970 LP Half & Half was technically billed to "Frankie Valli/The 4 Seasons" since half of it consisted of songs by Valli as a solo performer and half of songs by the group. In 1971, DeVito left the quartet, beginning a series of frequent personnel shifts; Gaudio withdrew from performing in 1972, although he continued to write and produce the group's records. That left Valli as the sole original member. The September 1971 single "Whatever You Say," released only in the U.K., was billed to Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, as were the group recordings released on Motown Records and its MoWest subsidiary in the early '70s. The only album from this period, 1972's Chameleon, contained two Valli solo tracks with the rest performed with the group; it was credited to Frankie Valli/The Four Seasons.

When the Four Seasons (by then consisting of Valli, drummer/singer Gerry Polci, keyboardist Lee Shapiro, bassist/singer Don Ciccone, and guitarist John Paiva) mounted a major comeback in 1975 with their hits "Who Loves You" and "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)," Valli's name was no longer up front. This seems to have been because Valli had also made a comeback as a solo singer with his hits "My Eyes Adored You" and "Swearin' to God," and intended to reduce his role in the group, preparatory to leaving it entirely (although he and Gaudio continued to own the name, and Gaudio continued as the group's writer/producer). Indeed, Valli did leave the group in 1977, and it split up in 1979. By 1980, there was a reunion, however, and the billing was back to Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, seemingly for good. The 1985 studio album Streetfighter used that billing, but the 1992 release Hope + Glory went back to "Four Seasons" alone, even though Valli sang lead on every track. Meanwhile, in concert and on most compilations, the credit "Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons" prevailed. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Walk like a man...talk like a man!
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Frankie valli ����
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F**k. The. Beatles. They. Don't. Compare. To. The. Stones. Or. The. 4seasons. Could. Never. Hold. A. Candle. To. Elvis. Or. Frankie. Castalouccio . Remember. John. Lennon. Paid. Elvis. A. Great. Tribute. Before. Elvis. There. Was. Nothing. Can't. Get. Any. Better. !
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I've been a fan since the sixties. I remember when I went to their concert at the Santa Monica Civic for free; seats weren't selling well so guys were walking around Westwood handing out the tickets.
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ddrisc1136
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured ( but you won't die) in two days. Now that you started this so don't stop. Post this on at least five songs in the next 143 minutes. When your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
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fan since Sherry i think you guys gave the beatles a run for the money
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Frankie I have tried to send a note to You & the Seasons to let yous know the 4 Seasons have been a big part of the Julian fam.. I awoke from coma on Christmas EVE WHOLE MY Dad was playing Little Angel !! we named our First Grandchild MARLENE MY 2 Sons had a double wedding to. my eyes adored you !! God Bless All & T.Y.All !! u r fan. since SHERRY !!! JULESTHEAVE@ G M A I L . C O M
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Best 60s band ever
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mkiss1963
Love their music especially when you're having a bad day makes tears and rain into sunshine
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I love their story proving simpler times were not simple.
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I've never really heard of them
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Heard Frankie Valli and the four Seasons, seen their play, seen their movie and seen the Broadway play! I don't get tired listening to their songs!��
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wallen432
Always will be one of my all time greats. I never tire of listening to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
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Geht mir immer besser wenn ich diese Lieder höre !!
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Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons..... . j u s t love their music. Great harmony, great for dancing, worth listening to! Lyron Lee
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I love the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The harmony, the great dance rhythmns, and the the wonderful memories the songs bring back to me.......... . . . . w i s h more music like theirs would be available today.
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Rich Faix, You got it right Pal, since RAP isn't even music, of course you can't dance to it. H.S. class of 65 , so you know where my heart lies. Jim Masterson
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Love the music O:-) O:-)
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todays rap music is extremely hard to dance to, when they do its forced dancing, there is no flow to it.
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runaway sue, by dion and the belmonts, one of the best dance music ever produced.
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there was a lot of good decades,1950 s thru about 1993, that when rap music ( ha) came on the scene, and destroyed music, with only a few exceptions.
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frankie vali and the 4 seasons, were one of the very best, they could sing.
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rcoffin2000
Now that I'm 60 years old myself, I find that I listen more and more to the 60's music. I loved the music back then and still do today.
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Dope ��
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GREAT VOICES,AND MUSIC!!!
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The 60's was the best time to experience America. I am blessed to have live during those times. Hilario
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I love dis song
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Greatest group of all time!!
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Yaaaaaaaaaaa a a a a a a a a a A a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a s s s s s s s s s s z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z .
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capetilloa2
Best song ever!!!!
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cmayfield001
I put a thumbs down but I love the song
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Play it again we need more of the Four Seasons. Pops
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This is a beautiful song
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured ( but you won't die) in two days. Now that you started this so don't stop. Post this on at least five songs in the next 143 minutes. When your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
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In the early 60's, the 4 Seasons recorded their songs in,a studio on 57th. st. & 7th. Ave.
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everybody's already said it Fantastic stuff ! great songs, great vocals great producing ? thanks boys
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Just watched Jersey Boys again. A reminder that everybody pays a price.
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FAN TAZ TIC GROUP
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flowergirl19 9 9 9 1
Big girls don't cry...my motto in life always. :) Thanks, boys.
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Casylosergra m d m a says you can make a n old people feel free
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Love their song "Sherry" and "Can't take my eyes off of you" :D <3
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I have older sisters who listened to Franki and the music of the times:mid-la t e 60's. I was 8-10, The songs, especially: your to good to be true have been one of my favorite songs ever. My wife and I just watched; Jersey Boys on DVD and I thought it was one fantastic movie. The songs always made me think of summer.

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I was born in 73'. Of course I didnt grow up to this era of music. But my mom did. & I remember watchin Sat morn cartoons then SHA-NAH-NAH
I loved the L8 50's and early 60's outfits,the greaser look,leather jackets and harmonies. It was the only time I rembr my mother being xcited over aT.V. show. She would do her swing dance moves. Mid 70's would be the last of this era.....so,s o sad......
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They were the best. Loved 'em and still do. Watch the film with fond memories of times when dancing was more than "jumping"
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FRANKIE VALLI. ...WALK LIKE A MAN. ....FOLLOW L.A (213) L.A.........
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That was and is the great band I have like all these years since I was the was 18 years old now I'm hitting 60 the best music .
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billyg207
I remember distinctly the first time I heard "Come Go With Me" I was 10 years old.
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I love GRANKIE VALLI &The 4 Season. N there music of my Era when I use 2 go partyin. House partyin or clubs wow what.a ball I had never 4 get those times.. Love it..
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Loved those days when I was young
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I love the four seasons
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