He is a singer born Francis Stephen Castelluccio in Newark,
New Jersey into a family
where his father was a barber.
When he was seven years old he was taken to
see Frank Sinatra by his mother and this would prove to be the inspiration
he needed to start singing, but after he finished his education he followed
in his father's footsteps and worked as a barber until his singing could
provide him with enough income.
In 1951 he became a member of the Variety
Trio and remained with them until they disbanded in 1952. He and the
trio member Tommy DeVito then became members of
The Strand's house band in New
Brunswick and this time he not only sang, but
played the bass too.
In 1953 he changed his name to Frankie Valley, which
he would later change to Valli, in honour of his friend Jean
Valley who was also a singer and
using this name he recorded his first single "My Mother's Eyes"
on the Corona
record label. He and Tommy DeVito
also co-founded The Variations with three other musicians and they
were given an audition for RCA Victor in 1956 after they had been
noticed when they were trying out as backing singers for another
After joining RCA Victor they underwent
a name change to The Four Lovers and cut enough songs to fill an
album with their single release "You're the Apple of My
Eye" reaching minor hit status in 1956. They underwent
several line-up changes and then in 1960 they underwent a further name
change to The 4 Seasons. This was when Frankie would get his first real
taste of success, starting with their recording "Sherry" which
topped the charts in 1962. Frankie and the group went on to have many
more hits such as "Rag Doll", "Walk Like A Man",
"Big Girls Don't Cry", "Let's Hang On" and "I've
Got You Under My Skin" and he was also the first solo artist to sing
"The Sun Ain't Gonna
Shine (Anymore)" which was later a huge hit for The Walker Brothers.
Continuing as a solo artist as well as group
member he had solo success with his version of "Can't Take My Eyes Off
You". He released his debut album which was a mix of new
material and existing singles and he soon released the chart hit
"I Make A Fool Of Myself" in 1967.
His follow-up album Timeless gave him a further chart hit with
"To Give (The Reason I Live)" His work with The 4 Seasons continued
throughout this period and at the end of the 1960s Half & Half was
released which produced the hit "The Girl I'll Never Know (Angels
Never Fly This Low)".
The start of the 1970s seemed quieter on the
chart hit side of things for Frankie but in 1975 he came back in style
with his solo No. 1 "My Eyes Adored You" followed by the No.
6 "Swearing to God" and The 4 Seasons’ No. 1 "December
1963 (Oh What a Night)", No. 3 "She Loves You", the No. 11
"Our Day Will Come" and the No. 38 "Silver Star".
The following year he released the solo singles "Fallen Angel",
"We're All Alone" and "Boomerang" and recorded a
version of "A Day in the Life" for the music documentary All
This and World War II and staying with music for the screen, he sang
the theme song for Grease in 1978 which became a massive
hit. He followed that with the less successful
singles "Save Me, Save Me" and "Fancy
Dancer". It was during the last few years of the 1970s
that he was diagnosed with the hearing disorder otosclerosis
which had such an effect on him that he had to "sing from memory"
but thankfully the condition was rectified by 1980 following a surgical
His output during the 1980s
seemed quieter although The 4 Seasons did release a few singles such
as "Heaven Must Have Sent You (Here in the Night)", "Streetfighter", "Book of Love" and
"Moonlight Memories" and then in 1992 the new album Hope and
Glory was issued by The Four Seasons. Going into the new
millennium Frankie released a new solo album in 2007 called Romancing
the 60s where he recorded some of his favourite
songs from that decade. In 2010 he made an appearance on Juice
Newton's album Duets: Friends and Memories where they sang
"The Biggest Part of Me".
Recognised for his contribution to music by the National
Italian American Foundation, he has been awarded their Lifetime
Achievement Award and a scholarship was presented to an Italian American
music student in his name. He has also been inducted into the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame.
He has been seen as an actor in several
productions such as the successful TV show The Sopranos and thanks
to the hugely successful Broadway music production Jersey Boys, the
music of Frankie Valli and The 4 Seasons lives on
with some of Frankie's mammoth total of 71 hit songs as a solo artist or
group member being heard time and time again by a new younger audience
and Frankie continues to tour nationally.