|Real Name:||Francesco Stephen Castelluccio|
|Birthday:||May 3, 1934|
|Net Worth:||$80 million|
Many people think Frank Sinatra sang Can’t Take My Eyes Off You. But he is not the first singer to perform the famous song. In fact, Frankie Valli is the original singer of the song. Did you know that? No? Do you know who Frankie Valli is? Now in his late 80s, Frankie is one of the best singers in American history.
He served as the lead singer of The 4 Seasons band. In 1990, he got inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During the mid-1960s, Valli and his band topped the charts. He got famous for his powerful falsetto voice, the signature behind the chart-topping hits. During their career, The 4 Seasons scored 29 Top 40 hits. Some of them are danceable, and some are love songs.
And then in the 1970s, Frankie and The 4 Seasons struck gold in the disco era. Fun fact: they performed the theme song to Grease in 1978. Because of his amazing voice, Frankie remained relevant in the music industry into the 1990s and early 2000s.
Career Ups and Downs
Born as Francesco Stephen Castellucio in 1934 in an Italian family, Frankie is the eldest of three sons. His father was a barber. And his mother worked as a homemaker and beer company employee. His mother took him to see young Frank Sinatra at the Paramount Theater when he was 7 years old. That inspired him to enter the world of music.
In the early 1950s, he started his music career with the Variety Trio with Nickie DeVito, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Macioci. They granted him a spot after hearing him sing during their performance. For his first single, My Mother’s Eyes, he chose the name Frankie Valley. But he later on changed to Frankie Valli.
Soon after, he and Tommy DeVito formed the band The Variatones. They renamed the band to The Four Lovers soon after. They recorded several singles and one album. They got their first minor hit with You’re the Apple of My Eve.
There were a couple of changes to the members and names. But eventually, they got to the name The 4 Seasons in 1960.
After the name change, the group took off. They had their first Number 1 hit with Sherry in 1962. During the 1960s, Valli worked with producer Bob Crewe for solo recordings. He performed with the group but also had his solo songs.
By the end of the 1960s, Valli recorded the famous Can’t Take My Eyes Off You. The song reached Number 2 in the charts. Many artists recorded the song as well. For his solo album, he gathered various single releases and a few new recordings. Frankie finished the 1960s with a Four Seasons album Half & Half.
Between the 1970s and 1990s, Valli entered the Northern soul scene. He also enjoyed success during the disco era of music. His song My Eyes Adored You reached Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1975. The same year, he had a couple of more Billboard hits.
In 1976, he made a cover to the Beatles’ song, A Day in the Life for the musical documentary All This and World War II. In 1978, he sang the theme song for the movie version of the stage play Grease. The song reached Number 1 hit status. In 1992, Valli and the band released a new album, Hope and Glory.
Thanks to the musical Jersey Boys, Valli and The 4 Seasons enjoyed success in the 2000s as well. The movie opened on Broadway and featured performances of many Frankie’s hit recordings. The movie is a biopic, telling a biographical narrative about Frankie and the Band. It features four separate points of view by each member of The 4 Seasons.
Thanks to the success of the movie and nostalgia towards the band, Valli released Romancing the 60s. It is an album with covers of his favorite songs of the 1960s. In October 2012, he made his Broadway debut with a week-long concert engagement.
Even in his 80s, Vallie continued performing. From March 2016 to January 2017, he toured the US with the Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons tour. They played in small-to-mid-size venues.
Thanks to the success of his music career, Frankie appeared in a couple of movies and television shows as well. He made an appearance in Miami Vice, Full House, The Sopranos, and more.
Frankie got married three times in his life. He got married for the first time in his early twenties to his first wife Mary. They raised two daughters together and then got a divorce after 13 years. In 1974, he got married to MaryAnn Hannagan and stayed with her for 8 years. His last marriage came in 1984 to Randy Clohessy. The two have three sons. They got a divorce in 2004.
As of August 2020, Frankie Valli’s fortune is more than $80 million. He earned most of his money through record sales and touring. The band original line-up got inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
As of 2020, Frankie sold more than 100 million records. He has 29 Top 40 Billboard charting hits. They sold their records before the invention of the compact disc. That prompted Seasons collectors to buy the hits all over again.
The band’s first Number 1 hit came in 1962 with Sherry. They earned their last Number 1 hit in 1975 with December 1963, Oh What a Night.
Besides his record sales, Frankie earns royalties off the hit Broadway play Jersey Boys. The play grossed more than $3 million worldwide.