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Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons to receive Hollywood Walk of Fame star

A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame will be unveiled Friday honoring the vocal quartet Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons for a career that began in 1962 and included such memorable songs as “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and “Walk Like a Man.”

Valli will accept the star on behalf of keyboard player and tenor vocalist Bob Gaudio, who is unable to attend, baritone vocalist and lead guitarist Tommy DeVito, who died in 2020, and bass guitarist and bass vocalist Nick Massi, who died in 2000.

Entertainment executive Irving Azoff is also set to speak at the 11:30 a.m. ceremony at 6150 Hollywood Blvd., between Cerrito and Argyle avenues.

The ceremony will be streamed at

The star will be the 2,780th since the completion of the Walk of Fame in 1961 with the initial 1,558 stars.



Born Francis Castelluccio and raised in a public housing project in Newark, New Jersey, Valli has said he was inspired to become a singer when he was 7 years old and his mother took him to New York City’s Paramount Theater to see Frank Sinatra.

“I saw Sinatra coming out on stage and the way he was lit up, it was like he had an aura around him,” Valli said. “I decided then and there that’s what I was going to do — be a successful singer.”

The group was initially known as the Four Lovers, but after failing an audition to perform at the cocktail lounge of a bowling alley in Union, New Jersey, they decided the lounge’s name would make a classy name for a singing group, The Four Seasons.

For two years the Four Seasons sang background for producer Bob Crewe’s other acts while working on a style of their own. Finally, in 1962, Gaudio came up with a song that made full use of Valli’s remarkable range, from baritone to falsetto.

When the unknown group sang “Sherry” on “American Bandstand” in 1962, the Four Seasons suddenly became the nation’s hottest band, and after nine years as a recording artist, Valli became an “overnight” sensation with a No. 1 record.

“Many R&B groups had used falsetto as part of their background harmonies, but we were different because we put the falsetto out front and made it the lead,” Valli said.

Both of the Four Seasons’ Grammy nominations came in 1963. They were nominated for best new artist, losing to Robert Goulet, in a field that also consisted of John F. Kennedy impersonator Vaughn Meader, the folk music groups The New Christy Minstrels, Peter, Paul and Mary and comedian Allan Sherman.

They were also nominated for best rock & roll recording for “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” losing to “Alley Cat” by the Danish pianist and composer Bent Fabric.

Valli’s songs have been used in such films as “The Deer Hunter,” “Dirty Dancing,” and “Mrs. Doubtfire” and the HBO organized crime drama “The Sopanos,” on which Valli had a guest-starring role as mobster Rusty Millio.

Over 200 artists have done cover versions of Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” from Nancy Wilson’s jazz treatment to Lauryn Hill’s hip-hop makeover.

The Four Seasons’ legacy also includes the musical about their music and life, “Jersey Boys,” which ran on Broadway from 2005 to 2017 and won the Tony Award for best musical in 2006, and led to a 2014 film adaptation.

Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons began what is billed as a farewell tour in October. It is set to conclude Nov. 22 at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach.

Source: Orange County Register

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