January 17, 2015

This Day in Four Seasons History: 25th Anniversary of the Four Seasons Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, January 17, 1990

January 17th, 2015

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the original Four Seasons’ (Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio, Nick Massi, and Frankie Valli) induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! Let’s go back to a wonderful interview with Four Seasons historian extraordinaire, David Cace–who attended this amazing celebration back in 1990.
During our visit to New York City in September 2008, the Tech-Half and I were invited to dinner by David and Lynette Cace. David and his kids, Crist and Ella, picked us up curbside at the August Wilson Theatre after the Saturday matinee for our drive to the New Jersey suburbs. What we thought would be a quiet dinner turned out to be quite an adventure as David took the long way home by making stops first in Hoboken to see Frank Sinatra’s old house and then in Belleville to see Tommy DeVito’s old house, with a quick stop at the Belmont Tavern. After a wonderful dinner, David drove us back to our hotel in New York City for what I thought would be a nice restful night’s sleep after a hectic day but that was not to be. For the whole story see the October 5, 2008 JB Blog post.

The highlight of the night for me really came after dinner when David showed us his collection of Four Seasons’ memorabilia and rare recordings. The biggest treat for me was hearing David talk about his attendance at the Four Seasons’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on January 17, 1990, 25 years ago tonight–as a matter of fact–at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, and showing us the commemorative program and CD all attendees received that night.

With the 25th anniversary of the Four Seasons’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this evening, it’s time for a flashback: David Cace’s memorabilia from the 1990 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Program and the other gifts the attendees received that January 17th Wednesday night 25 years ago with the Jersey Boys Blog readers.

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JBB: Thank you so much for digitizing the cover of the 1990 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Program and the applicable Four Seasons pages, along with all the other wonderful material you received that night.

DAC: My pleasure. If it wasn’t for the world-wide success of Jersey Boys, and the Jersey Boys Blog becoming the main communication vehicle for Jersey Boys and Four Seasons fans alike, there wouldn’t be too many people who would even be interested in seeing the memorabilia I have from that night. It would have all remained in a box in my basement. It is really a joy for me to be able to share this with so many Four Seasons and Jersey Boys fans.

JBB: How were you able to get a ticket for the event?

DAC: It is my understanding that there are always a number of tickets available to the general public for the induction ceremonies. I don’t know what ticket prices are today for attending an induction ceremony but back then it was $1,500 (about $2,500 in today’s dollars), so I talked it over with Lynette and she understood that there were just too many concert memories that I had as a 13-15 year old kid from seeing the Four Seasons of Frankie, Tommy, Nick and Bob performing together on stage that it was important to me to see them all together on stage one more time.

And as you can see from the pictures I took that night, my seat wasn’t exactly front row center, but as my kids say, even back in the “golden” days (of 1990), there was a big screen set up so even for people in the bleacher seats like me you could hear and see what was going on.

JBB: Were there any performances by the inductees that night?

DAC: Unlike today where it is my understanding that there are some rehearsed live performances by the inductees, the only thing that happened for the first 10 or so years at induction ceremonies was that there was a “jam” session after all the formal inductions took place.

What I remember is that Paul Shaffer and his band provided the music for that night and all the inductees, and some of the prior inductees in attendance like Diana Ross and Dion, and guests, such as Bruce Springsteen and John Fogerty, came on stage and “jammed.” It was all very informal and definitely unrehearsed – but I do remember that the closing song for the evening was, appropriately so, the old Pookie Hudson and the Spaniels tune from 1954 of “Goodnite Sweetheart, Goodnite” (originally released on Vee Jay records–How’s that for a coincidence) and Frankie took the lead and Nick sang the bass parts. That was something very special for me as I hadn’t heard Nick sing on stage since the summer of 1965, although I did see Frankie call Nick on stage to sing with him (just as mentioned in Nick’s closing soliloquy in Jersey Boys) at the Westbury Music Fair on Long Island in the late ’70s. And I was able to get closer to the stage during the jam session when those attendees who stayed after the formal ceremonies were able to move up closer to the stage.

JBB: Was that the last time the original Four Seasons were on stage together?

DAC: To my knowledge yes. There was some talk after their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame about bringing back the original group for a reunion tour. WCBS-FM radio in New York was very much behind that. I also heard that HBO wanted the Four Seasons to do a reunion concert special similar to the one HBO had done with the Everly Brothers. But it just didn’t come together.

JBB: Did Bob Crewe induct the Four Seasons into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as shown in Jersey Boys?

DAC: Yes. To sum up his induction speech, it was just like the person that Bob Crewe is, all class. His induction speech was very complimentary to each of the Four Seasons but yet warmly delivered as he referred to the Four Seasons often as his friends just like in Jersey Boys and the importance of friendship is such a core element in the show that comes through so clearly thanks to Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice.

JBB: To me, the most remarkable thing was that you were able to get each of Four Seasons to sign your program – how were you able to do that?

DAC: That wasn’t easy. Security was pretty tight that night and all the inductees and their families and guests were at tables close to the stage and you really couldn’t get to them, however, I was able to briefly “capture” Frankie, Tommy, and Nick separately that night for a personalized autograph. Unfortunately, I was just not able to get close enough to Bob to get his attention with security as tight as it was. It wasn’t until the opening night of previews for Jersey Boys, 15 years later, that I took a chance and went down to the August Wilson Theatre early before the show in the hopes of catching Bob and sure enough a limo pulls up to the theatre and who should come out but Bob and Judy, and Bob autographed the program for me in front of the August Wilson Theatre.


  1. Thank you David for that wonderful recap of an event that we fans have to live vicariously through the musical. What a moment that had to be for you. You’re the true fan amongst fans. By the way, the Belmont Tavern should never be just a quick stop on the Jersey Boys Belleville tour. Howard Tucker and I savored every moment of their signature dish the Chicken Savoy with pot cheese pasta. Noteworthy. It’s a true JB haven. Pics of Scaglione on the wall and everything. Great that you share the love of all things JB. Regards to your beautiful wife Lynette.

    Comment by Gary — January 18, 2015 @ 1:57 am

  2. David, thank you for a marvelous summary of that magical night. I too was honored to have been a guest in your home several times, and have seen your wonderful collection of Seasons’ memorabilia and have heard firsthand many stories of that evening.

    And Gary, yes, we did have a marvelous night at the Belmont Tavern a few weeks back, where there was an entire wall of Four Seasons and Jersey Boys memories. Yes, too, Scags’ picture was the one in the center of everything. And thanks to our mentioning Scags’ name, we were able to secure a great table, whereas they wanted to put us in nosebleed territory upon our arrival.

    Since we’re now approaching the Jersey Boys ten year anniversary, I have often reflected upon this great ride with “Jersey Boys” and, David, my friendship with you came at the very beginning,and from Day 1, your generosity, caring, and friendship have not changed. Gary, Susie, and Dale, the same applies to you. Thanks so much.

    Comment by Howard — January 18, 2015 @ 3:37 pm

  3. WHAT HAPPENED TO “SOON” (I’ll Be Home Again) on Vee-Jay recorded by the Seasons? I have not been able to find it on any anthologies. Please advise.

    Comment by R A Miller — February 10, 2015 @ 2:19 pm

  4. Induction into the Hall of Fame…the culmination of a lifetime of excellence

    Comment by David — January 17, 2016 @ 12:42 pm

  5. Mr. Miller, I think I only have “Soon” on a CD rerelease of the original Album, and a 45 from an Oldies Used Record Store, called “Musical Memories”. There are seven or eight charting singles on that, even though it was essentially an original LP and not a compilation. I think the fact that, as a B Side of “Ain’t That A Shame” (#22 Hot 100), it only reached #77 Hot 100, relegated it to not being released on more, if any, smaller compilations. It was played on WTRX in my hometown in Michigan because Joey Reynolds was the Consulting PD there in 1963-1964, even after he left for his big gig at WKBW 1520 Buffalo, NY around May, 1963. WKBW was heard all over the East Coast at Night, including parts of the NYC area and all of New Jersey.


    Comment by Ted — January 17, 2016 @ 3:34 pm

  6. I forgot to mention the name of the Album on which “Soon” was first released. It is called “Ain’t That A Shame and 11 Others”. The CD rerelease was on Curb Records from 1995.

    There were 8 sides that were charted on the Hot 100 or Bubbling Under from that original Album.

    Ain’t That A Shame #22
    Soon (I’ll Be Home Again) #77
    Candy Girl #3
    Marlena #36
    New Mexican Rose #36
    That’s The Only Way #88
    Stay #16
    Long Lonely Nights #102

    Three Singles from the Album were double sided hits. “Long Lonely Nights” was the B Side of “Alone”, which reached #28.

    Comment by Ted — January 17, 2016 @ 10:17 pm

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