At Our Next Luncheon: OCTOBER 6, 2017

Frankie Valli, who came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of The Four Seasons, will receive PPB’s Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award from President Alan Perris at our celebrity luncheon October 6 in Sportsmen’s Lodge.

Thanks to the volcanic success of the Tony-winning musical “Jersey Boys,” which chronicles the life and times of Frankie and his legendary group, such classic songs as “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” are all the rage all over again. There’s something about Frankie’s music that makes young people of every generation want to get up and dance.

Born Francis Castelluccio in Newark, NJ, Valli grew up in a rough and tough public housing project and decided at age seven to become a famous singer after his mother took him to New York City to see Frank Sinatra. Frankie and three friends discovered that making music was a good way to stay out of jail and out of car trunks as corpses in Newark.

Performing under several names, the group finally adopted The Four Seasons, named for a lounge in which they were performing at the time. When the unknown Seasons sang “Sherry” on American Bandstand, they suddenly became the hottest band in the land, and after nine years as a recording artist, Frankie Valli became an “overnight” sensation with a number one hit record. He was the first to use his remarkable falsetto voice out front in their songs.

From 1962 to 1978, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons sold more than 100 million records and they continued to be a top concert draw. Radio constantly played their classics and the new remixes that kept popping up on the charts. In 1990 Frankie and the other original Seasons were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Seasons’ music was featured prominently in the hit HBO series “The Sopranos,” and Frankie guest starred in seasons 5 and 6 as mobster Rusty Millio until Rusty’s unfortunate demise in a hail of bullets.

Frankie Valli shows no signs of slowing down. As his character says at the end of “Jersey Boys:” “Like that bunny on TV with the battery, I just keep going and going and going.” It seems that for as long as he wants to sing, people will want to listen.

• Bruce Charet
• Jim Gossnel
• Wink Martindale
• Kenny Nolan
• Richie Palmer
• Joey Reynolds


Honoree: Al Michaels

Our June 18 celebrity luncheon honored famed television sportscaster Al Michaels. PPB President Alan Perris presented Al with PPB's Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award.

Now employed by NBC Sports and NFL Network after nearly three decades with ABC Sports, Michaels is known for his many years calling play-by-play of National Football League games, including nearly two decades with Monday Night Football. He is also known for famous calls in other sports, including the Miracle on Ice at the 1980 Winter Olympics and the earthquake-interrupted Game 3 of the 1989 World Series.

Al, born in Brooklyn, was a Brooklyn Dodgers fan growing up. As the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles, so did Al's family, relocating here in 1958. He has been married to his wife, Linda, since 1966, and they have two children, Jennifer and Steven, who is also working in the entertainment industry.

Pictured Below left to right are dais guests: Chuck Henry; Joe Cohen; Honoree Al Michaels; Bob Miller; Al's son, Steve Michaels; Vin Scully and Rich Eisen.  (Roxanne Schorbach photo)

Would you like to join the PPB and attend the Frankie Valli Luncheon on October 6, 2017? If you have worked in Broadcasting or in any related field for 10 years or more, please e-mail our Membership Committee with your request to join us to honor Frankie Valli. Please include your name and daytime telephone numbers.

PPB Members receive their Luncheon Notice and Reservation Form by mail before the date of each luncheon, and send in their request for table seating along with their check.

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