Wednesday, October 17, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Frankie Valli

Artist:Frankie Valli
Song:My Eyes Adored You
Album:The Very Best Of Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons

Most fans know Frankie Valli as lead singer of the 60s group The Four Seasons. But he had solo success mostly in the 70s. My Eyes Adored You topped the charts in 1975. He was born Francesco Castellucio May 3, 1934 in Newark, NJ. He was a big Frank Sinatra fan and named himself after his mentor Texas Jean Valley. He first recorded as Frankie Valley in 1953 and was a member of The Four Lovers when they recorded for RCA in 1956. When Bob Gaudio joined the group in 1959, the group name was changed to The Four Seasons. They had a lot of hits in the 60s but didn't adjust well to changes in music and by the late 60s they faded. Valli recorded solo in the mid-60s and Can't Take My Eyes Off You reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1967. He was still a member of the group. When Bob Gaudio retired from the road in 1972, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons signed with Motown's Mowest label. When Motown refused to release My Eyes Adored You, Valli left and signed with the fledgling Private Stock label. Private Stock was started by former Bell Records exec Larry Uttal after Clive Davis bought Bell. He insisted that My Eyes Adored You should be a Valli solo single and it topped the Billboard Hot 100. It was Private Stock's first and only number one hit. They closed in 1978. My Eyes Adored You was written by longtime Four Seasons producer Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan. Valli also had a top ten hit with Swearin' To God. He signed with Warner Bros. in 1978 and had his only other number one hit with the theme from the film Grease. He probably wouldn't have got to sing Grease without the success of My Eyes Adored You. This Rhino comp has Valli solo hits and Four Seasons hits. Frankie Valli hasn't recorded much since the 70s. But he still tours and has had a lot of success with the musical Jersey Boys. And he was a regular on the HBO series The Sopranos for two seasons. Here's Frankie Valli performing My Eyes Adored You.

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