Frankie Valli at 89: The Iconic Singer continues to captivate audiences with timeless style and age-defying looks

Ever since he was a young boy growing up in Newark, New Jersey, Frankie Valli knew that singing was his calling in life.

Suffice it to say that the 89-year-old icon has come a long way after leaving his tough, working-class neighborhood – and seeing him today is enough to bring a smile to anyone’s face…

Photo of Frankie Valli Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Frankie Valli’s unique three-octave range and unmatched falsetto voice became synonymous with the American bubble-gum era of the mid-1950s, typified by drive-ins and soda shops. Despite the passage of time, his songs continue to resonate with today’s audiences, testament to the quality and passion of his music.

At the tender age of seven, Frankie’s passion for singing was ignited when his mother took him to watch a youthful Frank Sinatra perform at the Paramount Theater in Manhattan. This experience left a lasting impression, setting him on a path towards his lifelong dream of becoming a successful singer.

At that time, he was unaware that he would 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 said.

Photo of Frankie VALLI (Photo by Mike Prior/Redferns)

Frankie began his singing on street corners with the guys, and his path to stardom was not an easy one. Growing up in downtown Newark, he worked a variety of jobs, including truck driving, caddying on a golf course, and barbering (like his father), before achieving success in the music industry.

”My parents didn’t have money, I came from nothing. I had to have something to fall back on,” Frankie says.

In the early 1960s, Frankie Valli and his band, The Four Seasons, shot to fame, becoming one of the biggest acts in the world. Hits like ”Sherry,” ”Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and ”Walk Like a Man” topped the charts and turned the members of The Four Seasons into household names.

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Frankie’s unique falsetto voice was instantly recognizable, and fans adored him. ”Sherry” skyrocketed to No.1 faster than any record had since Elvis Presley first burst into the scene.

During his time as a member of The Four Seasons, Frankie also released several albums under his own name. He achieved great success with The Four Seasons, scoring 29 top 40 hits, and continued to have an impressive solo career, earning nine further top 40s.

Along with fellow Four Seasons members Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi, and Bob Gaudio, Frankie was honored with induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

As a natural extension of his career as a musician, Valli started working as an actor in the mid 1960s. One of his most notable acting roles was in the film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Jersey Boys, which told the story of The Four Seasons and their rise to fame.

Throughout his career as a member of The Four Seasons, and indeed as a solo artist, Valli made several appearances on television shows and in films, showcasing his talents beyond just singing. He has made appearances on various TV shows over the years, including Miami ViceThe Sopranos and Hawaii Five-0, demonstrating his versatility as an entertainer.

Singer Frankie Valli and his ex-wife Randy

Today, Valli is considered a cornerstone of rock and roll history. The music icon has been performing and touring for many years, and is still active in the industry. Currently residing in California, the 89-year-old artist hasn’t showed any indication of plans to retire anytime soon.

”It used to be real hard performing the same songs over and over but every time I sing a a song, which is what the public want to hear, not my new material or even my solo recordings, I try to perform it as though it were the first time,” Frankie said in 1993.

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