Earlier this week JERSEY BOYS Las Vegas cast members Jason Kappus, John Gardiner, Travis Cloer, and Jason Martinez were on MORE Fox 5 chatting about their successful run, which ends on September 18 at the Paris Casino.
Thirty-eight years ago today–August 26, 1978–Frankie Valli began a two-week run at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart with his single, “Grease.” The Barry Gibb-penned single was the singer’s ninth solo Top 40, fourth solo Top Ten and second solo No. 1, and was his best-selling hit when it was certified Platinum.
Throwback Thursday: Big Girls Don’t Cry Sheet Music Photo of The Four Seasons, 1962! @frankievalli #TBTAugust 25th, 2016
Click HERE to listen to this amazing radio interview from 2008 with the late, great Bob Crewe and Ronnie Allen, who was a researcher for Casey Kasem’s show.
Let’s go back to Valentine’s Day evening, 1958, with host Dick Clark on the Saturday Night Beechnut show, with guests The Royal Teens performing their big hit (written by Tom Austin & Bob Gaudio) SHORT SHORTS! Enjoy!
Let’s go back to the spring of 1969 with this 45 picture sleeve of Frankie Valli’s single, The Gil I’ll Never Know (Angels Never Fly This Low). The song peaked at #52 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
How ’bout those sideburns & and that cool late ’60s turtleneck?
The JERSEY BOYS London Four Seasons were absolutely amazing in their one-minute medley relay! Click HERE to watch & vote for them!
Las Vegas Magazine’s Steve Bornfield has a terrific feature with Travis Cloer, who shares some amazing memories and reflections on his wonderful time starring in JERSEY BOYS. There’s also some fun Did You Know facts and trivia about the show, The Four Seasons, and more!
Here’s a preview:
Travis: “The part of Frankie Valli’s voice that’s the hardest isn’t the falsetto. He has such a high regular voice. Most of the time it just sits up in this register. My voice isn’t as high as Frankie’s. Doing the stuff in his regular voice is a lot harder. ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ and ‘Working My Way Back to You’ don’t have much falsetto in them, but it’s still really high.”
“Frankie has been very kind, he’s had some very nice words to say to me every time he’s seen me perform. It’s pretty crazy to do this show in front of him and Bob (Gaudio) and to talk to them afterward. It’s so surreal.”
Click HERE for the entire feature story.
#FlashbackFriday K-tel Records Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Greatest Hits Album Commercial, 1976! @frankievalliAugust 12th, 2016
Oh, What a Flashback–The Four Seasons 40 years ago on TV in a K-Tel commercial!
Let’s go back to 1966, with The Four Seasons posing in their casual attire!
Let’s go back to The Four Seasons in 1969, with a photo from their Genuine Imitation Life Gazette LP, definitely the most unique, and perhaps underrated albums from the quartet. In recent years, so quite a few music bloggers have discovered the LP and have provided some interesting reviews and insights.
In a 2002 interview with Ken Sharp in Goldmine magazine, Bob Gadio stated, “One of the disappointments of our career for me on a creative level was the Genuine Imitation Life Gazette album. It was just something that I had to do at that time. It got wonderful reviews, but obviously it was not an acceptable piece from us. Everybody was expecting Top 40.”
Photo Coverage: @JerseyBoysInfo Cast Members @Dominic1110 @richardhblake @michaellomenda @mowREEseeOH at 2016 @BroadwayBarks!August 3rd, 2016
How cute is that pooch with the JERSEY BOYS Four Seasons? Oh, and those Broadway Four Seasons are looking rather appealing, too, aren’t they at this year’s Broadway Barks on July 30?! Visit Broadway.com for more photo coverage of this great event.
In honor of this week’s hoopla at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, let’s have a Jersey-Style flashback!
Wow! Who knew? The Four Seasons were at the Democratic National Convention on August 26, 1964 in Atlantic City, New Jersey!
Does anyone have any details on the quartet’s appearance?
Just like that bunny on TV with the battery! Check out the BIG Frankie Valli news today on BroadwayWorld.com!
The legend is back! Eva Price and Live Nation have just announced that Frankie Valli’s triumphant sold-out Broadway debut in Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons On Broadway! will return for a strictly limited 7 performance engagement from Friday, October 21, 2016 through Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46 Street).
In a non-stop career of entertaining audiences across the globe Frankie Valli will return to Broadway for an intimate concert celebrating his award-winning, critically-acclaimed, record-breaking career as a solo artist and with the Four Seasons.
“Four years ago I made my Broadway debut with the Four Seasons and we were overcome by the response and outpouring of love from those audiences who were on their feet, singing along throughout the performance,” said Frankie Valli, “Since then, we have performed for wonderful audiences around the world from San Francisco to London, but always hoping to return to that unique, electric, roof-raising experience you only get on Broadway.”
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons On Broadway! will feature all of their greatest hits and Mr. Valli’s solo hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Dawn (Go Away),” “Rag Doll,” “Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby Goodbye),” “Let’s Hang On!” “Working My Way Back To You,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Grease,” “My Eyes Adored You,” “Who Loves You” and “December ’63 (Oh What A Night),” along with a variety of musical surprises.
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons have sold over 175 million records, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, have scored 30 Billboard Top 40 hits and Frankie Valli has also scored 9 Billboard Top 40 hits as a solo artist. As an actor Valli enjoyed a recurring role on HBO’s “The Sopranos” and most recently appeared in “Hawaii 5-0.”
Frankie Valli will be releasing Tis The Seasons, his first holiday album in decades, this fall on Rhino. Full details will be announced in the coming weeks. Valli has never stopped performing and continues to tour internationally.
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons On Broadway! plays Friday, October 21, at 8pm, Saturday, October 22 at 8pm, Sunday, October 23 at 3pm, Tuesday, October 25 at 7pm, Wednesday, October 26 at 2pm, Friday, October 28 at 8pm and Saturday, October 29 at 8pm. Tickets, ranging in price from $65 – $165, can be purchased through www.ticketmaster.com (877-250-2929). For more information, visit www.FrankieValliBroadway.com.
Beginning Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at 10:00am (EST) for 48 hours only (through Friday, July 29,, 2016 at9:59 a.m.), tickets for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons On Broadway! will be available exclusively toAmerican Express members.
Beginning Friday, July 29, 2016 at 10:00 am through Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 10:00 pm tickets for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on Broadway! will be available exclusively to Audience Rewards, Live Nation,Ticketmaster and AAA members.
Tickets for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons On Broadway! will go on sale to the general public on Monday, August 1, 2016 at 10:00am at www.ticketmaster.com (877-250-2929).
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons On Broadway! is produced by Eva Price and Live Nation.
By Pamela Singer, Jersey Boys Blog Special Correspondent
Friends, it’s a safe bet on a Jersey handshake that most of us are familiar with that iconic last scene in “Grease”, the one in which graduating high school students pledge their everlasting devotion to said school. “As I go traveling down life’s highway, whatever course my fortunes may foretell, I shall not go alone on my way, for thou shalt always be with me, Rydell.” What may come as a surprise to some, as it did to this writer, is just who the namesake of that school is. That would be one Robert Louis Ridarelli. Doesn’t sound familiar? How about Bobby Rydell? Yes, THAT Bobby Rydell, teen idol extraordinaire, singer, musician, movie star, impressionist, and of course, adopted Jersey Boy! Bobby can now add author to his impressive list of talents, having recently co-written his autobiography with Allan Slutsky, entitled “Bobby Rydell: Teen Idol On The Rocks, A Tale of Second Chances.” The book is a rollicking, no- holds- barred tale of his 6- plus decades in show business and life. The prescient words of those Rydell High students could just as easily be describing Bobby’s journey. More than anything else, he is a true survivor, part of our cultural landscape then, now, and always. It was my pleasure to talk with Bobby recently about all things Rydell, and oh yeah, that Jersey connection.
Pamela Singer: Bobby, thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me. Our Jersey Boys family is thrilled to have you join us. Welcome!
Bobby Rydell: Thanks, Pam. It’s my pleasure. Happy to be joining you.
PS: First of all, congratulations on your book. It’s a fantastic read, a great combination of your life story and music history, told with real heart and humor. What was the impetus for writing it now?
BR: Thank you. We’re really proud of how it came out. I’ve been in this business more than 60 years now, and it’s been a great ride. Over the years, and especially on the road, you sit down with people a lot and share stories, recent stories, past stories, good, bad, all kinds of stories. People often said to me, “Bobby, these are great stories. You should write a book.” I always felt it wasn’t the right time. I mean, who wants to hear about a 20 -or 30 -year old’s life?! I’m 74 now, and it just felt like the right time. It took Allan and me almost two years from start to finish. We both wanted to get it right. Read the rest of this entry »
While Robin Leach is on his annual Italian vacation, he invites his friends from the Strip to be guest writers on his regularly scheduled column. Earlier this week, Travis Cloer shared some amazing thoughts about his time with JERSEY BOYS. Below is a preview:
Through it, I’ve become part of an ever-growing family. We’ve celebrated weddings, birthdays and accomplishments. We’ve welcomed countless JERSEY Babies into this world. We’ve said goodbye to some dear members of the family who were taken too soon. Our hearts have been on a roller coaster from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows.
Yet through all of that, the one thing that always brings us back together is what we get to do onstage every night. No matter how I’ve felt at the start of a performance, my soul has always been rewarded and filled with joy by the last note. That is why I’ve been with JERSEY BOYS for 9 1/2 years. I always said that I would leave when I stopped enjoying it.
Click HERE to read the full piece.
Earlier this week, JERSEY BOYS London celebrated another milestone: the company’s 3,500th performance!
Congratulations to the cast, crew, and creative team on this outstanding accomplishment!
Any ideas as to when & where this photo was taken of The Four Seasons? I’m guessing 1967, with the fashions and hairstyles.
Tommy is looking super cool in his shades and sport coat, and the other guys are looking pretty good, too! They all look a bit pensive, perhaps pondering what song might be their next hit?
In honor of Rag Doll by The Four Seasons topping the charts this week in 1964, here’s another rendition of this amazing Bob Gaudio-Bob Crewe masterpiece by The Gone Jackals in 1990! For details on what inspired Keith Karloff to record the song, check out his YouTube channel.
Truth is, I had never heard about this band or this Rag Doll rendition until stumbling upon it last night and I think these guys did a great job on making it their own!
What do you guys think of this rendition?