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Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons

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Newark, New York NJ, United States (1960 – present)

The Four Seasons (also known, off and on, as Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons) is an American and group that came about in 1960 after Bob Gaudio joined up with musicians Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi, all of them from Newark, New Jersey. The Seasons’ first hit, titled “Sherry”, came out in 1962. With producer Bob Crewe, Gaudio wrote a string of subsequent tunes that were big hits for the Seasons in the , including “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Walk Like A Man”, “Ronnie”, “Save It For Me”, and “Bye Bye Baby”. With a sound somewhat reminiscent of , the Seasons soon became an internationally famous group, inspiring many other artists. The quartet’s story is told in a somewhat fictionalized form in the Tony Award winning musical ’Jersey Boys’.

In 1960, the group known as The Four Lovers evolved into The Four Seasons. Its initial line-up featured Frankie Valli as the lead singer, Bob Gaudio (formerly of The Royal Teens) on keyboards and tenor vocals, Tommy DeVito on lead guitar and baritone vocals, and Nick Massi on bass guitar and bass vocals. Massi was replaced in 1965 by Charles Calello, who was in turn replaced later in 1965 by Joe Long on bass guitar and bass vocals.

Frankie Valli and Tommy DeVito had previously performed with Nick DeVito (Tommy’s twin brother) alongside Hank Majewski as the aforementioned Four Lovers. As stated before, the Four Seasons released their first hit, titled “Sherry”, in 1962.

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