There may be no questions left that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend Frankie Valli has not been asked in the nearly six decades he has serenaded the world. In his own words: “of every question there is, I have been asked it at least 50 or 100 times,” he said with a laugh.
Still, Valli said he is open to answer most anything people are wondering about his life, though he probably does not really have to go through the basics, since his true life story – or at least 95 percent of it, he said – is portrayed in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Jersey Boys” and the 2014 Clint Eastwood-directed film of the same name.
Accompanied by the latest lineup of his group the Four Seasons, Valli will return to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Saturday, June 24. Valli said that out of all the spots in California, Orange County is actually one of his favorite places to perform, so he is looking forward to returning.
Born on May 3, 1934 in Newark, New Jersey as Francesco Stephen Castellucio – he changed his name to Frankie Valli later in his career – he was inspired to become a singer after seeing Frank Sinatra in concert with his mother when he was 7 years old. His late mother, Valli said, was his biggest support since he was young.
“My mother was the most incredible woman I’ve ever known,” he said. “She wasn’t very educated, but there was no way I could have had a better mother. Some of us don’t have mothers that are nurturing and loving and caring, who cook and clean and do all those things that everybody takes for granted. Mothers are the glue that hold the family together, and my mother was the best at support. Whatever it was I wanted to do, it was always, ‘You can do it. If you really want to do it, you can do it.’”
Valli’s singing career began in the early 1950s with several vocal groups and members – the Variety Trio, the Strand, the Variatones, the Four Lovers, to name a few – before they became the Four Seasons,…