Frankie Valli was born Francesco Stephen Castelluccio on May 3, 1934 (age 86, Zodiac sign Taurus) in the First Ward of Newark, New Jersey. His father, Anthony Castellucio, was a barber and display designer for Lionel model trains; his mother, Mary Rinaldi, was a homemaker and beer company employer. Frankie’s passion for signing started when his mother took him to see young Frank Sinatra at the Paramount Theater in New York City when Frankie was seven years old, and his stage name was inspired by “Texas” Jean Valli, one of his favorite singers at the time.
Frankie Valli Career Details
Frankie began his singing career in the early 50s with the Variety Trio (Nickie DeVito, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Macioci). The group offered him a guest spot after hearing him sing and when the group disbanded, Frankie (along with Tommy DeVito) became part of the house band at The Strand in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
After they left the house band at The Strand, they formed The Variatones with Hank Majewski, Frank Cattone, and Billy Thompson. In 1956, as part of an audition backing a female singer, the group captivated New York record man Peter Paul, who had them auditioning at RCA Victor a week later.
The group was soon renamed The Four Lovers and recorded several singles and one album’s worth of tracks. After a minor hit with “You’re the Apple of My Eye” in 1956 and the replacement of Nickie DeVito and Hank Majewski with Nick Macioci (now Nick Massi) and Hugh Garrity in 1958, and the inclusion of Bob Gaudio a year later, the group was renamed “The Four Seasons” after cocktail lounge they were at after auditioning in a suburban bowling alley in 1960.
Frankie was the original artist to record the Gaudio-Crewe composition “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore)”. He continued to record solo performances and finally achieved great success with the release of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, which reached number two in the charts and was broadly recorded by many other artists.
Frankie began suffering from otosclerosis in 1967, but that didn’t stop for his single “My Eyes Adored You” to hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1975 and made it to number 5 in the UK chart. A year later, Frankie covered The Beatles song “A Day in the Life” for the ephemeral musical documentary All This and World War II, and two years after that he sang the theme song for the film version of the stage play Grease (written by Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees) which became a number one hit.
For his medical condition, Frankie had to “sing from memory” in the later part of the 70s but surgery performed by Los Angeles ear specialist Victor Goodhill returned most of his hearing by 1980.
Frankie Valli Marriage Details
Frankie has married three times. He married his first wife, Mary Delgado Valli, who already had a two-year-old daughter of her own. They raised other two daughters together and divorced 13 years later in 1971. Sadly, not so long after, in 1980, his stepdaughter Celia died when she fell off a fire escape trying to run away from a growing fire.
Tragedies didn’t stop there, Frankie’s youngest daughter, Francine, died from drug overdose no more than six months later.
Francine’s specific birth date is unknown, though she was born on the year 1960. As for her decease date, she was found dead on August 16, 1980, when she was in her early twenties and still a student as well as an aspiring singer, like her father had once been.
Her parents were aware of her drug addiction, and attempted to help by taking her to a rehabilitation center, but Francine was let out too soon after showing minor improvement. Frankie was greatly shaken by the loss of his daughter and still misses her to the date.
Frankie Valli Net Worth
Frankie Vallie owns a net worth of $80 million.