Now Performing in the Rocky Top Theater
167 East Wears Valley Road Suite #17 (Shops of Pigeon Forge) Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Frankie Valli of the Four Seasons
Frankie Valli was born Francis Stephen Castelluccio on May 3rd, 1934 in Newark, New Jersey. His father, Anthony Castelluccio, was a barber, his mother, Mary Rinaldi, was a homemaker.
He was inspired to take up singing at the age of seven after his mother took him to see Frank Sinatra at the Paramount Theater in New York City.
His early mentor was Texas singer Jean Valley, from whom he obtained his last name, even though he changed the spelling to Valli.
Valli began his professional singing career in 1951 with the Variety Trio. 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. For his part, Valli played bass and sang. He cut his first single, "My Mother's Eyes,"
As the lead singer of The Four Seasons, he had a string of hits, his first one was "Sherry" in 1962. As a footnote to this period of Frankie's career with The 4 Seasons, the group's bassist and vocal arranger Nick Massi was replaced in 1965 by Charlie Calello, the group's instrumental arranger, then shortly thereafter, Charlie was replaced by Joseph LaBracio, who went by the pseudonym Joe Long.
"You're Ready Now", a Frankie Valli solo recording from 1966, became a surprise hit in Great Britain as part of the Northern soul scene and hit number eleven on the British pop charts in December of 1970. In 1975, Valli's single "My Eyes Adored You" hit number 1 on Billboard's Hot 100.
In 2005, the Broadway musical Jersey Boys opened on the "Great White Way". Besides performances of many of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons hit recordings, the musical 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).
The musical dramatizes several real-life incidents of Frankie Valli. The show was widely acclaimed and has won six Tony awards. The musical has touring companies around the world, as well as a version at The Paris Hotel in Las Vegas.
If you are a fan of the music from the era of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, than you probably remember watching Red Skelton on television. Next time you visit Pigeon Forge, be sure to catch a tribute to Red Skelton.
CLICK HERE or on the Show Schedule link above to make your reservations for Brian Hoffman's Remembering Red- A Tribute to Red Skelton.
"Goodnight for now and may God bless"
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