Frankie Valli Approaches 50th Anniversary, Talks Early Success And ‘Jersey Boys’ Movie
Frankie Valli has been in the music business for almost 50 years. During that time he has sold over 100 million in records worldwide, accumulated almost forty Top 40 hits and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
Despite all of his achievements, Valli didn’t realize the Four Seasons were turning into hit makers early on. It took repeated success and some touring for it to really sink in.
“You don’t realize it until you travel around the country,” says Valli. “It took about four or five records before I really realized the magnitude of the success we had. Then it really kicks in.”
One of their hit records was “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night),” released in 1975. The song, written by original Four Seasons keyboard player Bob Gaudio and his wife-to-be Judy Parker, was originally titled “December 5, 1933” and was about Prohibition. Valli and the others believed the song needed to be updated.
“We cornered Bob Gaudio and said, ‘You have to write a different lyric for this song.'” A new song about a young man’s first time with a woman was written and reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
Valli’s legacy has reached a new audience thanks to the Broadway play “Jersey Boys.” The Tony Award winning play about the Four Seasons will be turned into a feature film, with Valli serving as an executive producer.
Work on the movie will start in early 2013 and is in good hands with screenwriter John Logan (Hugo, Rango, The Aviator, Gladiator). According to Valli, fans can expect Jersey Boys to hit theaters toward the end of 2013.
A big question is who will fill the role of Frankie Valli in the film. The Newark born and bred Valli hasn’t the slightest clue, but it doesn’t cause him to lose any sleep.
“I’m glad it’s not me that has to make that decision,” says Valli. “The director and the casting people… thank God for them!”
Valli will play several shows at The Borgata in Atlantic City in the coming months:
- June 8
- June 9
- October 5
- October 6
- October 7
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