FRANKIE VALLI FACTS:
Hometown: Newark, New Jersey
Albums: The 4 Seasons Present Frankie Valli Solo (1967); Timeless (1968); Closeup (1975); Inside You (1975); Our Day Will Come (1975); Valli (1976); Lady Put the Light Out (1977); Frankie Valli... Is the Word (1978); Heaven Above Me (1980); Romancing The '60s (2007)
Awards: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee w/The Four Seasons
Hits: "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like A Man," "Rag Doll," "My Eyes Adored You," "December 1963 (Oh What A Night)," "Grease"
Other: Frontman for The Four Seasons, subject of the Broadway play Jersey Boys.
With his iconic falsetto voice and an impressive library of hits, Frankie Valli certainly has a firmly cemented place in music history. As the lead singer of The Four Seasons and later as a solo artist, Valli has a sound that spans generations. Although he is well into his 70s, his songs still resonate today and he remains a popular performer.
Valli's career began nearly 60 years ago when he released his first commercial song, "My Mother's Eyes," in 1953. Soon thereafter he teamed up with several other musicians, laying the groundwork for The Four Seasons. After remaining in obscurity for several years under the name The Four Lovers, the band experienced a lineup, and name change and in the early '60s finally found success.
The Four Seasons released their first album in 1962, Sherry & 11 Others. The record featured the single "Sherry," which was the band's first number one hit. Over the next several years the group had a plethora of other hits including "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "Walk Like a Man," both of which reached top of the charts. As the lead singer of the group, it became increasingly apparent that Valli would find success as a solo artist, and by the end of the '60s, he tested the waters by going at it alone.
Although it took some time, Valli soon made it thanks to the 1967 song "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You." The single reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and is widely considered to be one of his most iconic hits. The tune has also been subsequently covered by a number of popular artists.
Valli continued to record into the 1970s and scored his first number one hit as a solo artist in 1975 when "My Eyes Adored You" reached the top of the charts. Though his work declined throughout the '80s, Valli reunited with his band-mates in 1992 to release The Four Seasons' album Hope and Glory. He also continues to perform and record songs today.
Most recently, Valli released an album of cover songs in 2007 and he also paired with country singer Juice Newton in 2010 to croon a duet on her album Duets: Friends and Memories.