Frankie Valli is an American singer who was born in Newark and rose to fame as the lead singer of the rock and roll group the Four Seasons. His distinctive, strong falsetto voice made him famous.
His birth name was Francesco Stefano Castelluccio. He was born on May 3, 1934 in an Italian family. He and his two brothers grew up together.
At the age of seven, she went to the Paramount Theater in Manhattan, New York City to see a young Frank Sinatra. He eventually became interested in singing as a career.
Also, as a solo artist, she has had nine Top 40 hits, including the number one hits “Grease” and “My Eyes Adored You.”
What happened to Frankie Valli and his health?
Frankie Valli was scheduled to play at NJPAC on November 19 and 20, 2021, but he had to cancel his tour due to ill health.
Later, the singer posted on Facebook that his fans had pneumonia and was feeling much better after taking some antibiotics.
At that time, Valli’s doctors also said that he can go on tour again and will be fine in a couple of months.
He said in his statement, “I am postponing all my concerts until the end of the year and look forward to rescheduling all dates for everyone in 2022.”
Recent reports suggest that Valli is set to perform in November and all his postponed concerts have been rescheduled for 2022.
Frankie Valli’s health during 2022 concerts and tour
Franky Valli is said to be doing well and is free of any ailments or problems at present.
He will resume the tour on May 13, 2022. He has already booked new dates in several places.
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons have 32 shows scheduled and are currently on tour in two countries.
On August 26, 2022, Beau will play the Ravage Theater in Biloxi on the Mississippi Sound.
On SongKick’s official site, you can find Valli’s tour dates and other news. His last show of the year was Hard Rock Live on December 10 in Hollywood, Florida, US.
Daughter of Four Seasons frontman Frankie Valli and his wife Mary Mandel
Mary Mandel was Frankie Valli’s first wife. He married her in 1957. When they first went out together, the singer was in her early 20s.
Before meeting Valli, Mary was already a mother to a 2-year-old daughter from her first marriage. Later, the first couple had a child whom they named Francine.
Valli was married to Mary, but the marriage did not last and the two separated in 1971.
In 1980, Siddhi Celia of Valli died in a fire accident. Six months later, his youngest daughter, Frances, reportedly died of a heroin overdose.
Valli married MaryAnn Hannagan after his divorce from Mary, but they separated after eight years.
In 1984, he married his third wife, Randy Clohessy. They had three sons together. But their marriage did not last long and they got divorced in 2004.
In the early years
Valli was born Francesco Stephen Castelluccio on May 3, 1934 in the First Ward of Newark, New Jersey. Eldest of three sons in an Italian family. Anthony Castelluccio, his father, was a barber and visual designer for Lionel model trains. His mother, Mary Rinaldi, was a homemaker and worked at a beer company. At age seven, his mother took him to see a young Frank Sinatra sing at the Paramount Theater in Manhattan, New York City. This made him want to become a singer. “Texas” Jean Valli was one of her early favorite singers, and from whom she took her stage name. He worked as a barber until he earned enough money from music.
Valli’s year of birth is questionable. Valli did not address the issue until a 2007 post on the official Frankie Valli site, which is run by his current record label, Universal Records. Many official accounts of his career now state that he was born in 1937. The Bear Family Records release “The Four Lovers” (PCD 15424) and a mug shot from 1965 can be found on The Smoking. Gun, everyone says he was born in 1934.
Valli began singing in the early 1950s with the Variety Trio (Nicky DeVito, Tommy DeVito and Nick Mascioci). Valli’s first wish to sing in public came true when the crowd heard Valli’s song and invited Valli to sing as a guest. The Variety Trio broke up in late 1952, and Valli and Tommy DeVito joined the house band at The Strand in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Valli, on the other hand, played bass and sang.
In 1953, he released his first single, “My Mother’s Eyes,” a cover of the 1929 George Jessel song Lucky Boy. He made it “Frankie Valley,” a name he took from “Texas” Jean Valli, a female hillbilly singer. In a 2014 article, Frankie said, “In 2010, Gene took him to meet music publishers Paul and Dave Cupp and told them he was his brother.” So, his first single was listed as “Frankie Valley,” and the name stuck, though he eventually changed to the same spelling.
Around this time, Valli and Tommy DeVito left The Strand’s house band and formed The Varitones with Hank Majewski, Frank Cotton and Billy Thompson. In 1956, the group auditioned with a female singer and made a good impression on New York record producer Peter Paul. A week later, he sent them to RCA Victor.
The group, now known as Four Lovers, produced several singles and an album’s worth of songs. A minor hit for them was “You’re the Apple of My Eye” in 1956. In 1958, Nicky DeVito and Hank Majewski left the group, and were replaced by Nick Massiozzi (now Nick Massey) and Hugh Garrity. Massey came and went from the group, and Charles Calello occasionally played accordion. The group continued on stage until 1959 when Bob Gaudio joined. After a few more changes, the group became known as “The Four Seasons” in 1960. The name comes from a cocktail lounge in a bowling alley in Union, New Jersey, where they tried it.
Valli had several hits as the lead singer of the Four Seasons, starting with the 1962 hit “Sherry.” Nick Massey was the bassist and vocal arranger for The Four Seasons at this time. In 1965, he was replaced by Charlie Calello, the group’s instrumentalist. Shortly thereafter, Calello was replaced by Joseph Labrazio, who took the name Joe Long.
Valli (in the middle of the front row) and four seasons in 1966.
In the 1960s, Gaudio and producer Bob Crewe, who was one of his songwriting partners at the time, helped Valli make solo records that were more or less successful. In the world of rock and pop, it was rare for a major recording artist to perform as a solo artist without his own group. Buddy Holly and the Crickets are an exception, and this may have allowed other groups and members of other groups to follow a similar path. Group and solo records had plenty of potential to top the charts, and Valli, Gaudio and Groove sometimes came up with great performances and hits. Valli was the first to record “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Nomore)” by Gaudio and Groove. England-based American group The Walker Brothers copied Valli’s performance note for reference when recording the song. Walker Brothers’ version was a huge hit. Valli continued to record singles, and finally the song “I Can’t Take My Eyes Off” became a huge hit, reaching number two on the charts and being covered by many artists.
Valli’s debut album as a solo artist is a collection of singles and some new recordings. A single, “I Make a Fool of Myself”, was released in July 1967, before Valli’s second solo album. Valli’s second solo album, Timeless, was better put together and took longer to record. “To Give (The Reason I Live)” on Timeless was a Top 40 hit.
Valli ended the 1960s with a series of singles or the Valli/Four Seasons album Half & Half. During this time, the only hit song was “The Girl I’ll Never Know (Angels Never Fly This Low),” which peaked at number 52.
Valli’s 1966 single “You’re Ready Now” became part of the northern soul scene and reached number 11 in the UK Singles Chart in December 1970. Released in 1970, “The Night” became a huge hit in northern soul and, in 1975, peaked at number seven in the UK Singles Chart.
In 1975, his song “My Eyes Adored You” reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and number five in the UK. In the same year, he scored his sixth Billboard hit with “Oath to God”, which peaked at number 31 in the UK charts. “Fallen Angel”, written by Guy Fletcher and Doug Flett, also did well in the UK charts. The song peaked at number 11 in the UK charts. At the same time, the Four Seasons song “Velli Nakshatra”, which Valli did not sing, became a hit in England.
Valli sang The Beatles’ “A Day in the Life” in 1976 for the short-lived music documentary All This and World War II.
In 1978, he sang the theme song for the film version of the stage play Grease. It was written by Barry Gibb of the Bee Keys and went to number one. The following year, he had two more songs that charted well. In November 1978, “Save Me, Save Me” went to number one on the Billboard Easy Listening chart, and in January 1979, “Fancy Dancer” reached number one on the pop chart.
Valli developed otosclerosis in 1967, so he had to “sing from memory” in the late 1970s. By 1980, Victor Goodhill was able to hear well again thanks to an operation performed by an otorhinolaryngologist in Los Angeles.