The Four Seasons (aka Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons)

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The Four Seasons is an American vocal quartet formed in 1960 in Newark, New Jersey. Since 1970, they have also been known at times as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The band evolved out of a previous band called The Four Lovers, with Frankie Valli as the lead singer, Bob Gaudio on keyboards and tenor vocals, Tommy DeVito on lead guitar and baritone vocals, and Nick Massi on bass guitar and bass vocals. On nearly all of their 1960s hits, they were credited as The 4 Seasons. The band had two distinct lineups that achieved widespread success: the original featuring Valli, Gaudio, DeVito, and Massi (with that success continuing after Joe Long succeeded Massi in 1965) that recorded hits throughout the 1960s, and a 1970s quintet (sometimes billed as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons) consisting of Valli, Lee Shapiro, Gerry Polci, Don Ciccone and John Paiva, with Gaudio and Long providing studio support.

The legal name of the organization is the Four Seasons Partnership, formed by Gaudio and Valli, and was taken after a failed audition in 1960. Valli and Gaudio (who has been a non-performing member of the group since 1973) each own 50% of the act and its assets, including virtually all of its recording catalog. The touring lineup of the group includes Valli as the sole remaining original member, backed by a separate vocal quartet and a band led by musician Robby Robinson, who has served as the group's music director since 1984. The touring version of The Four Seasons is slated to end after Valli's farewell tour concludes in 2024.

The band's original line-up was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999 and the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2017. They are one of the best-selling musical groups of all time, having sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide.

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Discography

Album

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1962Sherry & 11 OthersThe 4 Seasons54
1962The 4 Seasons GreetingsThe 4 Seasons3
1963Big Girls Don’t Cry and Twelve Others…The 4 Seasons53
1963The 4 Seasons Sing Ain’t That a Shame and 11 OthersThe 4 Seasons3
1964Born to Wander: Tender and Soulful Ballads (Folk-Flavored)The 4 Seasons1
1964Dawn (Go Away) and 11 Other Great SongsThe 4 Seasons1
1964Rag DollThe 4 Seasons1
1964Folk-NannyThe Four Seasons1
1965The 4 Seasons Entertain YouThe 4 Seasons2
1965The 4 Seasons Sing Big Hits by Burt Bacharach... Hal David... Bob DylanThe Four Seasons2
1965Working My Way Back to You and More Great New HitsThe 4 Seasons1
1967New Gold HitsThe 4 Seasons1
1969The Genuine Imitation Life GazetteThe 4 Seasons1
1972ChameleonFrankie ValliThe Four Seasons2
1975Who Loves YouThe Four Seasons3
1977HeliconThe Four Seasons1
1992Hope + GloryThe Four Seasons1
1993StreetfighterThe Four Seasons1
1995New Gold HitsThe Four Seasons1
1996Half & HalfThe Four Seasons / Frankie Valli1
1997Gold Vault Of HitsThe Four Seasons1
1997The 4 Seasons 2nd Vault of Golden HitsThe Four Seasons1
2002The 4 Seasons Christmas AlbumThe Four Seasons1
2007Forever Legends: Frankie Valli & the Four SeasonsThe Four Seasons1
2013Song for ChristmasThe Four Seasons1
2013The AnthologyThe Four Seasons1

Album + Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1964The Beatles vs. The Four SeasonsThe Four Seasons & The Beatles31
1965The 4 Seasons’ Gold Vault of HitsThe 4 Seasons3
19662nd Vault of Golden HitsThe 4 Seasons1
1968Edizione D’Oro (Gold Edition)The Four Seasons2
1975StoryThe Four Seasons1
198216 Greatest HitsFrankie Valli & The 4 Seasons1
1988AnthologyFrankie Valli & The 4 Seasons2
1988HitsThe Four Seasons2
198825th Anniversary CollectionFrankie Valli & The 4 Seasons1
1988The Rock 'n' Roll Era: Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons: 1962-1967Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons1
1988The 20 Greatest HitsFrankie Valli & The Four Seasons2
1990Paul Simon PlusPaul Simon, Neil Sedaka, Tony Orlando, Johnny Rivers, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons2
1990Rarities, Volume 1Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons1
1990Rarities, Volume 2Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons1
1991Frankie Valli & 4 Seasons Greatest Hits, Volume 1The Four Seasons1
1991Frankie Valli & 4 Seasons Greatest Hits, Volume 2The Four Seasons1
1992The Very Best of Frankie Valli and The Four SeasonsFrankie Valli and The Four Seasons1
1993The Dance AlbumThe Four Seasons1
1994Sing for YouThe Four Seasons1
1994Dawn (Go Away) / Rag DollThe Four Seasons1
1994Oh, What A Night - The Hit CollectionThe Four Seasons1
1994Sherry / Big Girls Don't CryThe Four Seasons1
1994The Best Of Frankie Valli And The 4 SeasonsThe Four Seasons1
1995Frankie Valli and The 4 Seasons: The Fantastic First YearsThe Four Seasons1
1995Oh What a NightThe Four Seasons1
1995The 4 Seasons Entertain You / Working My Way Back to YouThe Four Seasons1
1996Ain’t That a Shame / Live on StageThe Four Seasons1
1996CollectionThe Four Seasons1
1996Oh What a Night: The Very Best OfFrankie Valli & The Four Seasons1
1996Sing Big Hits By Burt Bacharach, Hal David, Bob Dylan / New Gold HitsThe Four Seasons1
1997The Best of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons: Girl CrazyThe Four Seasons1
1997Edizione D’OroThe Four Seasons1
1998The Very Best of Frankie Valli and The Four SeasonsFrankie Valli and The Four Seasons1
2000The Very Best of the Four SeasonsThe Four Seasons1
2001In Season: The Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons AnthologyThe Four Seasons1
2001Off Seasons: Criminally Ignored Sides From Frankie Valli & the 4 SeasonsFrankie Valli & The 4 Seasons1
2001My Eyes Adored You & Other HitsThe Four Seasons1
2001The Definitive Frankie Valli & The Four SeasonsThe Four Seasons1
2002Rock and Roll CollectionThe Four Seasons1
2002The Very Best of Frankie Valli and The Four SeasonsFrankie Valli and The Four Seasons3
2003Big Girls Don't Cry and Other HitsThe Four Seasons31
2006Folk-Nanny / Born to WanderThe Four Seasons1
2006Half & Half / HeliconThe 4 Seasons1
2006Streetfighter / Hope + GloryThe 4 Seasons1
2006The Four Seasons Entertain You / On Stage With The Four SeasonsThe Four Seasons2
2006The Definitive Pop CollectionFrankie Valli & The 4 Seasons1
2006Working My Way Back to You / The Genuine Imitation Life GazetteThe 4 Seasons1
2007Jersey Beat: Music of Frankie Valli & The Four SeasonsThe Four Seasons1
2007Beggin’: The Ultimate CollectionFrankie Valli & The Four Seasons1
2008The Motown YearsThe Four Seasons1
2008Jersey's Best: The Very Best of Frankie Valli / The Four SeasonsThe Four Seasons1
2012Working My Way Back to YouFrankie Valli & The Four Seasons1
2014The Classic Albums BoxFrankie Valli and The Four Seasons1
AnthologyThe Four Seasons1
Back to the DinerThe Four Seasons1
Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons – CollectionThe Four Seasons1
Greatest HitsThe Four Seasons1
Greatest HitsThe Four Seasons1
Hits And Other FavoritesThe Four Seasons1
Oh What a Night: The Very Best OfThe Four Seasons1
Sherry and Other HitsThe Four Seasons1
The Original Hits 1962-1976The Four Seasons1
The Very BestThe Four Seasons1
Vault of Golden HitsThe Four Seasons1
Very Best Of Frankie Valli & Four SeasonsThe Four Seasons1

Album + Live

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1964On Stage with The Four SeasonsThe Four Seasons2
1981Reunited-LiveFrankie Valli & The Four Seasons1
1986Greatest Hits - LiveThe Four Seasons1
1990The 20 Greatest Hits of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons LiveFrankie Valli & The Four Seasons2
2004The Very Best of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Live in Atlantic City 1992Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons1

Single

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1962Sherry / I’ve Cried BeforeThe 4 Seasons1
1963Candy Girl / MarlenaFour Seasons1
1963Walk Like a ManThe 4 Seasons1
1964Dawn (Go Away) / No Surfin’ TodayThe Four Seasons1

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