Frankie Valli: 'Jersey Boys' Was Among My Toughest Challenges

Frankie Valli celebrates a landmark 90th birthday milestone

by Zain ul Abedin
Frankie Valli: 'Jersey Boys' Was Among My Toughest Challenges
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In an emotive ceremony that doubled as his 90th birthday celebration, Frankie Valli was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The legendary lead singer of the Four Seasons described the making of the Broadway musical "Jersey Boys," which chronicles the group's storied career, as "one of the hardest things that I've ever done in my life." The event was marked by heartfelt tributes and a rendition of "Happy Birthday," celebrating Valli's monumental day.

In attendance were Valli's two sons and his fourth wife, Jackie Jacobs, showcasing a personal milestone amid professional accolades. Valli's journey with the Four Seasons began in 1960 in New Jersey. Their harmony-rich hits like "Can’t Take My Eyes Off You," "Big Girls Don’t Cry," and "Grease" have left an indelible mark on music history.

The group was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, with Valli accepting the Hollywood star on behalf of his fellow members, including Bob Gaudio, who was unable to attend, and late bandmates Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi.

Decade to Spotlight

"Jersey Boys" not only revived interest in their music but brought the group's legacy to a new generation. The process, however, was fraught with challenges. "It took 10 years to get somebody who might be interested in even thinking about doing a play," Valli recounted.

The initial pitches didn't meet their standards, leading to years of searching for the right opportunity. The persistence paid off when they finally partnered with a company that helped bring their story to the stage, and later to the big screen in a film directed by Clint Eastwood.

The ceremony also featured a message from Bob Gaudio, who reminisced about the dreams they had as young musicians and expressed gratitude for the incredible journey. "Having a show on Broadway was a bigger dream and now a star on Hollywood Boulevard," Gaudio said, thanking Valli for continuing to "do the heavy lifting." Music industry executive Irving Azoff lauded Valli as a "national treasure" and "truly a man for all seasons," highlighting his enduring influence in music and beyond.

Valli's career, now immortalized on one of the most famous sidewalks in the world, stands as a testament to his resilience and the timeless appeal of the Four Seasons.