Frankie Valli, who came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of the Four Seasons, comes to Cedar Rapids, Iowa for a December 1 performance at the U.S. Cellular Center. With the massive success of Tony award-winning musical Jersey Boys, which chronicles the life of Valli and his band, the real Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons are packing venues around the world.
The current excitement prompted Frankie to salute the decade that made him a star with his first new studio album in 15 years. In Romancing The ’60s, he put his own stamp on some of his favorite ’60s songs including “Spanish Harlem,” “Call Me” and “Take Good Care of My Baby.” Launched amid Jersey Boy-mania, Romancing The ’60s has become the latest classic in Frankie Valli’s half-century of recording.
Mr. Valli has toured almost continuously since 1962, and his songs have been omnipresent in such movies as The Deer Hunter, Dirty Dancing, Mrs. Doubtfire, Conspiracy Theory and The Wanderers. As many as 200 artists have done cover versions of Frankie’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” Frankie and the Seasons have influenced many other great recording artists from Barry Gibb to Billy Joel.
Frankie’s music spans generations. Amid the disco era, the Seasons hit it big with “Who Loves You,” which reached No 3 in 1975, and “December 1963 (Oh, What a Night), a No. 1 record in 1976. Two decades later, in 1994, a dance club remix of “December 1963” climbed to No. 14 in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2000, a French-language rap version of “December 1963” went to No. 1 in Paris. And in July of 2007, a remix of the Four Seasons’ 1967 hit “Beggin’ ” became the No. 1 dance record in Britain. That was eight months in advance of the March 2008 opening of Jersey Boys which has seen two North American national tours and productions in London’s West End, Las Vegas, Chicago, Toronto, Melbourne and other Australian cities, Singapore, South Africa, The Netherlands and elsewhere. For as far into the future as anyone can see, Jersey Boys will introduce the music of Frankie Valli to new generations.
Frankie Valli shows no signs of slowing down. As his character says at the end of Jersey Boys: “Like that bunny on TV with the battery, I just keep going and going and going.” For as long as he wants to sing, people will want to listen.