Oh, what a story. Frankie Valli, who came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of the Four Seasons, is hotter than ever in the 21st century. Thanks to the volcanic succession of the Tony-winning musical “Jersey Boys,” which chronicles the life and times of Frankie and his legendary group, such classic songs as “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” are the rage all over again. Presented by the Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus Reno, don’t miss Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons live at the Reno Ballroom on Friday, July 22.
But please don’t say that Frankie is back. The truth is, he never went away. Sure, the majority of the 71 chart hits of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons came during the 1960s, but the music didn’t just disappear. He has toured almost continuously since 1962, and his songs have been omnipresent in such movies as “The Deer Hunter,” “Dirty Dancing” and “Mrs. Doubtfire.” As many as 200 artists have done cover versions of Frankie’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” from Nancy Wilson’s jazz treatment to Lauryn Hill’s hip-hop makeover.
There’s something about Frankie’s music that makes young people of every generation want to get up and dance. Amid the disco era, the Seasons hit it big with “Who Loves You,” which reached No. 3 in 1975, and “December 1963 (Oh What a Night),” a No. 1 record in 1976. Two decades later, in 1994, a dance club remix of “December 1963” climbed to No. 14 in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100 and in 2000, a French-language rap version went to No. 1 in Paris. And in July 2007, a remix of the Four Seasons’ hit “Beggin’” became the No. 1 dance record in Britain – eight months in advance of the opening of “Jersey Boys” in London, where the play went on to win the Olivier Award for best new musical on the West End. Case closed: Frankie never went away.