When Frankie Valli was just a young boy in Newark, New Jersey, he knew deep down that singing was his calling. Today, at 89 years old, he continues to bring smiles to the faces of everyone who hears his unmistakable voice. Frankie Valli has come a long way from his rough upbringing in a working-class neighborhood, and his journey is a testament to his talent and dedication.
Growing up in the American bubble-gum era of the mid-1950s, Frankie Valli’s name became synonymous with catchy tunes and his incredible three-octave range and unrivaled falsetto voice. His music has stood the test of time, proving the caliber and commitment of his art.
Frankie’s love for singing was ignited at the age of seven when his mother took him to see a young Frank Sinatra perform at the Paramount Theater in Manhattan. This experience had a lasting impact on him and fueled his lifelong dream of becoming a successful singer. Little did he know that he would later develop a deep connection with his first role model, “Ol’ Blue Eyes” Sinatra.
“He kind of took me under his wing as a friend because I did this thing for his mother. For about 10 years we were really close. Every time I saw him it was a big hug and a kiss on the cheek,” Valli fondly recalls.
Frankie started singing with his friends on street corners, but his road to fame was anything but smooth. Before finding success in the music industry, the young artist from downtown Newark held various jobs, including truck driving, golf caddying, and even working as a barber like his father. He understood the importance of having a backup plan, as he came from humble beginnings.
“My parents didn’t have money, I came from nothing. I had to have something to fall back on,” Frankie shares.
In the early 1960s, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons skyrocketed to stardom, topping charts worldwide with hits like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and “Walk Like a Man.” Fans were captivated by Frankie’s distinctive falsetto voice, which was instantly recognizable. “Sherry” raced to number one faster than any other song since Elvis Presley burst onto the scene.
While being a part of The Four Seasons, Frankie also released albums under his own name. His solo career brought him nine more top 40 hits, adding to his immense success with the band, who recorded a total of 29 top 40 hits.
In 1990, Frankie Valli, together with his bandmates Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi, and Bob Gaudio, was rightfully inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their contributions to music had become undeniable.
During the mid-1960s, Valli ventured into acting, a natural progression from his musical career. He played one of his most memorable roles in the movie adaptation of the Broadway musical “Jersey Boys,” which chronicles the rise of The Four Seasons. Throughout his career, Frankie also made appearances on various television shows and movies, showcasing his versatility as a performer. From “Miami Vice” to “The Sopranos” and “Hawaii Five-0,” he has left his mark on the entertainment industry.
Frankie Valli is now considered a key figure in the development of rock and roll. Even after many years in the business, he continues to perform and tour, showing no signs of slowing down at 89 years old. When asked how he keeps the same songs fresh after all these years, Frankie says, “I try to perform it as though it were the first time.”
His dedication to leading a healthy lifestyle has played a significant role in maintaining his voice in top condition. Frankie follows a strict diet, abstaining from drugs, alcohol, and smoking. He prioritizes getting a good night’s sleep and avoids staying up late unless absolutely necessary.
“I sing a little bit every day. I love singing in the shower. I think it’s one of the best places. You can accomplish two things: cleaning your body and opening your vocal capacity and exercising your voice,” he reveals.
Frankie Valli’s personal life has seen its share of ups and downs. He married Mary, his first wife, at a young age, and they raised two children together. His subsequent marriages brought him more children, but they also ended in divorce. Throughout the hardships, he has relied on the love and support of his family, who remain close despite the challenges they’ve faced.
“My kids are all creative and creators. Even my grandkids! My son Brando is doing EDM, and I just saw my granddaughter Olivia perform lead role in the touring company of Pretty Woman in Los Angeles. It was thrilling!,” Frankie proudly shares.
As Frankie Valli celebrates his 89th birthday on May 3, it’s truly remarkable that he continues to captivate audiences with his timeless music. On this special occasion, let’s take a moment to share a Facebook post about him and ensure that his extraordinary contributions to music endure for generations to come.
Happy Birthday, Frankie Valli! May your voice continue to inspire millions around the world.