Gig preview: Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons at First Direct Arena, Leeds

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FRANKIE Valli, whose distinctive falsetto has graced many outstanding records from the 60s onwards, is making a welcome return to Leeds on Saturday.

Born in 1937 as Francis Castelluccio in Newark, he was originally a solo singer, but he joined The Variatones in the 1950s. They made their first recordings as The Four Lovers before becoming The Four Seasons in 1962.

The group specialised in four-part barbershop-style harmonies with Frankie as lead singer and their first hit was Sherry. This was written by Bob Gaudio, who along with Nick Massi and Tommy DeVito, made up the other three Seasons.

A top 10 hit in the UK, it was the first of three consecutive chart-toppers in America; Big Girls Don’t Cry and Walk Like a Man being the other two.

Other hits included Rag Doll, Let’s Hang On and Working My Way Back to You.

Alongside Four Seasons duties, Valli also had a successful solo career with My Eyes Adored You and Grease hitting the top of the charts in the US.

The band’s line-up changed, with Massi leaving in 1965, DeVito in 1971 and Gaudio in 1972 – however a resurgence happened in the mid-70s with The Night, Oh What a Night (December ’63) and Silver Star.

Latterly their music has been given a new lease of life with the success of the Jersey Boys stage musical and film.

Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons are at The Leeds Direct Arena on Saturday, July 4.