Many of you may know their songs and have heard the name, but do you really know everything there is to know about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons? Well, I do not have enough time to tell you everything but here are some talking points - some great party facts if you will.
With less than seven weeks until the arrival of Jersey Boys (the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons) in Memphis, we will work to reacquaint our patrons with behind-the-scenes information about the band, the show and everything in between. Our E-Blast this week will be profiling the band, the show and each Jersey Boy.
Frankie Valli and Tommy DeVito started playing in a group in 1954. In 1956, they settled on the name 'The Four Lovers.' After a few line-up changes and 18 different stage name changes, Nick Massi and Bob Guadio joined with Vallie and DeVito to form 'The Four Seasons' in 1961, after having no success with The Four Lovers name. The Four Season was actually the name of the bowling alley where they were turned down for an audition, thus beginning the Four Season Partnership.
The band went on to sell 175 million records-worldwide-all before they were 30 years old. All total, The Four Seasons had five #1 hits and a total of eleven songs to crack the Billboard's Top Ten.
All in all, The Four Seasons managed to be successful and weather the musical changes of the 1960's and 70's through the Do-Wop, Motown and Disco eras of music.
The Four Seasons were introduced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990
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