The film “Jersey Boys” tells the story of the rise of the Four Seasons, but a few years after the group achieved its initial success, members began to leave. Though there were variations of the Four Seasons, who recorded until the early 1990s, the only constants were singer Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio, the keyboardist and songwriter who moved to producer duties. Here's a snapshot of the band and some of their music.FRANKIE VALLI
Birth name: Francis Stephen Castelluccio.
Born: May 3, 1934, in Newark, N.J.
Career: He cut his first single, “My Mother's Eyes,” in 1953 and sang with the Varietones, which later became the Four Lovers and then the Four Seasons. In 1978, Valli sang the theme song for the film version of “Grease,” written by Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees, which became a No. 1 hit. He also appeared in several episodes of HBO's “The Sopranos,” which used numerous Four Seasons songs.
In thefilm: Played by John Lloyd Young, who also originated the role on Broadway. Young had a tough time picking a favorite Seasons song but settles on three: “Patch of Blue” from 1969; “Beggin' ” from 1967 but overall, it's “Sherry,” the group's first No. 1 hit in 1962.BOB GAUDIO
Born: Nov. 17, 1942 in the Bronx, N.Y., but was raised in Bergenfield, N.J.
Career: He wrote his first hit, “(Who Wears) Short Shorts,” at age 15 as a member of the Royal Teens. It went to No. 3. He joined the Four Lovers in 1959 and was the composer for most of the Four Seasons' hits. Gaudio stopped touring with the group in 1971. Later on, he produced “You Don't Bring Me Flowers” for Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand and wrote songs or produced albums for Diamond, Frank Sinatra, Diana Ross, Roberta Flack and Michael Jackson. He is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
In the film: Played by Erich Bergen, who picks 1964's “Dawn (Go Away)” — co-written by Gaudio — which didn't go to No. 1 only because of an onslaught of songs by The Beatles.TOMMY DEVITO
Born: June 19, 1928, in Belleville, N.J.
Career: He sang in the Variety Trio with twin brother Nick, and Hank Majewski. Later, he became lead guitarist for the Four Seasons. He left the band in 1970, selling his interest to Valli and Gaudio. Actor Joe Pesci, who has the name Tommy DeVito in his Oscar-winning role in “GoodFellas,” introduced him to Gaudio. The most colorful member of the band — having spent a number of stints in prison — DeVito re-united with the other three for the 1990 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. He lives in Las Vegas today.
In the film: Played by Vincent Piazza, who names “Rag Doll” his favorite Seasons' song. “There is something very nostalgic and tender about it,” Piazza said. The 1964 tune that went No. 1 was also co-written by Gaudio, who was inspired by a street girl who cleaned the windshield of his automobile for change.NICK MASSI
Birth name: Nicholas Macioci.
Born: Sept. 19, 1927, in Newark, N.J. He died of cancer on Dec. 24, 2000.
Career: He played with several bands during his teen years and was the bass player and primary vocal arranger for the Four Seasons during the group's glory years. He was the one with the deep voice, as in “Sherry” where he sang, “why don't you come out to play.” Massi quit the band in 1965, wanting to give up touring and stay home. He later worked as an arranger, vocal coach and engineer with various New Jersey bands.
In the film: Played by Michael Lomenda, whose favorites are “Who Loves You,” a Gaudio tune from 1975, with its “killer groove” and the 1966 “Working My Way Back to You.” The real Massi had already left the band when both songs were recorded.
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