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  2. Family of Joe Russo Parents Lawrence John “Larry” Russo Born: January 15, 1903 in Newark Died: August 10, 2009 in Newark Michelle Isabelle “Micki” Russo (nee Di Stefano) Born: September 13, 1907 in Newark Died: November 24, 2007 in Newark Married: July 21, 1929 in Newark Siblings Isabella Jean “Bella” Russo (born April 23, 1930) Lawrence Joseph “Larry” Russo “Jr.” (born May 15, 1931) Matilda Therese Russo (born April 10, 1933) Mary Josephine Russo (born July 6, 1938) Self, Wives, and Children Joseph John “Joe” Russo (born January 17, 1936) married Pamela Anne “Pam” Ventura (born March 20, 1937 in Newark) on September 2, 1956 in Newark; they divorced September 26, 1974. Patricia Michelle “Patty” Russo (born August 9, 1957) Joseph John “Joe” Russo Jr. (born September 1, 1958) Joe Russo (born January 17, 1936) married Nancy Jean Amoroso (born April 11, 1946 in Newark) on November 3, 1974 in Newark. Lawrence Joseph “Larry” Russo (born August 28, 1976) Grandchildren Patty Russo (born August 9, 1957) married Peter Paul “Pete” Morabito (born June 26, 1956) on August 20, 1972. Therese Danielle Morabito (born June 22, 1973), tomboy Joseph Peter “Joey” Morabito (born July 6, 1974) Thomas Anthony “Tommy” Morabito (born June 1, 1976) Pamela Jane “Pam” Morabito (born June 25, 1978), tomboy Joe Russo Jr. (born September 1, 1958) married Therese Jean Vitale (born October 5, 1961) on February 13, 1977. Elizabeth Anne “Betty” Russo (born April 21, 1978 in Orlando, FL), tomboy Joseph John “Joe” Russo III (born May 13, 1979) Lauren Pamela Russo (born June 30, 1981) Jessica Margaret “Jessie” Russo (born April 15, 1984) Nicholas Francis “Nick” Russo (born May 10, 1987)
  3. Family of Nick Massi Self, Wives, and Children Nicholas Eugene “Nick” Massi (born September 19, 1935) married Mary Frances Genovese (born October 20, 1936 in Newark) on August 8, 1954 in Newark; they divorced September 22, 1972. Robert Joseph Massi (born May 11, 1955), twin Patricia Ann “Patty” Massi (born May 11, 1955), twin, tomboy Nicholas Eugene “Nick” Massi Jr. (born May 28, 1956) Nick Massi (born September 19, 1935) married Margaret Ann “Margie” Mengel (born January 8, 1931) on October 20, 1972 in Newark. Kenneth Nicholas “Ken” Massi (born July 31, 1973) Grandchildren Robert Massi (born May 11, 1955) married Nancy Catherine Bartolucci (born June 11, 1956) on February 7, 1971. Elizabeth Amy “Betty” Massi (born November 9, 1971), tomboy Nicholas Joseph “Nicky” Massi (born November 24, 1972) Eric Peter Massi (born January 7, 1975) Patty Massi (born May 11, 1955) married Anthony Francis “Tony” Marini (born April 13, 1954 in Newark) on March 2, 1969. Elise Marie Marini (born December 9, 1969), tomboy Joseph Nicholas “Joey” Marini (born December 21, 1970) Thomas Francis “Tommy” Marini (born January 21, 1972) Laura Diana Marini (born December 4, 1973), tomboy Nick Massi Jr. (born May 28, 1956) married Therese Ethel Stradella (born April 28, 1958) on January 20, 1974; they divorced March 15, 1992. Nicholas Anthony “Nick” Massi “III” (born October 26, 1974) Susan Rose “Susie” Massi (born November 11, 1975) Patrick Alfred Massi (born July 7, 1977) Stephanie Pearl Massi (born May 8, 1987) Nick Massi Jr. married Maryellen (maiden name unknown) (born December 14, 1957) on September 20, 1992. Zachary Peter “Zack” Massi (born June 22, 1993) Daisy Julie Massi (born May 8, 1996) Sherry Dawn Massi (born September 18, 2001)
  4. Family of Bob Gaudio Self, Wives, and Children Robert John “Bob” Gaudio (born November 17, 1942) married Ruth Anne “Ruthie” Caruso (born February 21, 1944 in Belleville, NJ) on November 8, 1964 in Newark, NJ; they divorced August 22, 1973. Michael Joseph “Mike” Gaudio (born November 24, 1965), twin Danielle Josephine Gaudio (born November 24, 1965), twin Lisa Nancy Gaudio (born December 23, 1966) Bob Gaudio (born November 17, 1942) married Judith “Judy” Parker (born September 27, 1939) on August 28, 1977 in Newark. Jennifer Judith “Jen” Gaudio (born January 26, 1979) Grandchildren Mike Gaudio (born November 24, 1965) married Pamela Rose “Pam” Vitello (born September 26, 1967) on June 29, 1986. Samantha Rose “Sammie” Gaudio (born April 28, 1987 in Orlando, FL) Michael Robert Gaudio (born May 26, 1988) Brittany Ruth Gaudio (born February 18, 1990) Danielle Gaudio (born November 24, 1965) married Michael John “Mike” Lazzarino (born October 21, 1964) on August 21, 1983. Jessica Ruth “Jessie” Lazzarino (born June 25, 1984) John Robert Lazzarino (born July 22, 1985) Ashley Therese Lazzarino (born March 31, 1987) Lisa Gaudio (born December 23, 1966) married Vincent Anthony “Vinny” Barbella (born February 20, 1965) on September 21, 1986. Robert Joseph “Bobby” Barbella (born July 21, 1987 in Miami, FL) Francine Andrea Barbella (born October 29, 1991) John Douglas Barbella (born February 14, 1999) Jen Gaudio (born January 26, 1979) married Adam Philip Smith (born January 28, 1974 in Atlanta) on January 23, 2000 in Atlanta. Alexandra Nicole “Lexie” Smith (born April 29, 2001)
  5. Family of Tommy DeVito Parents George DeVito Born: October 16, 1902 in Newark Died: September 9, 1994 in Newark Mary DeVito Born: June 25, 1906 in Newark Died: July 15, 1988 in Newark Married: May 15, 1927 in Newark Siblings Mary Margaret DeVito (born February 15, 1928) Philomena Marie “Phil” DeVito (born March 10, 1929) Theresa Nancy DeVito (born April 14, 1930) Anthony George DeVito (born September 12, 1932) Michael John “Mikey” DeVito (born July 23, 1934) Nicholas Michael “Nick” DeVito (born June 19, 1936), Tommy’s fraternal twin brother Daniel Joseph “Danny” DeVito (born June 13, 1939) Jean Therese DeVito (born January 19, 1942) Joseph Vincent “Joey” DeVito (born February 20, 1946) Self, Wives, and Children Thomas Louis “Tommy” DeVito (born June 19, 1936) married Susan Marie “Susie” Romano (born July 21, 1937 in Newark) on May 13, 1956 in Newark; they divorced June 30, 1970. Melissa Jean DeVito (born March 16, 1957) Michael Nicholas “Mike” DeVito (born April 6, 1958) Victoria Constance “Vicky” DeVito (born February 13, 1960) Tommy DeVito (born June 19, 1936) married Angelina Nancy “Angie” Antonelli (born October 18, 1931) on April 18, 1971 in Newark. Thomas Louis “Tommy” DeVito Jr. (born April 25, 1972) Grandchildren Melissa DeVito (born March 16, 1957) married Salvatore Angelo “Sal” Giordano (born February 15, 1956) on January 9, 1972. Jennifer Margaret “Jen” Giordano (born October 15, 1972) Joseph Paul “Joey” Giordano (born October 28, 1973) Alice Pauline Giordano (born September 13, 1975) Mike DeVito (born April 6, 1958) married Pamela Jane “Pam” Cabrini (born February 6, 1960) on November 30, 1975. Michael Nicholas “Mike” DeVito Jr. (born September 3, 1976) Marie Vincenza DeVito (born September 22, 1977) Kimberly Ann DeVito (born April 2, 1980) Thomas George “Tom” DeVito (born June 27, 1984) Vicky DeVito (born February 13, 1960) married Joseph Robert “Joe” Rienzi (born May 12, 1958) on October 17, 1976. Patrick Joseph Rienzi (born September 10, 1977) Rachel Ann Rienzi (born September 30, 1978) Bartholomew Adam “Bart” Rienzi (born August 5, 1980) Jessica Patricia “Jessie” Rienzi (born August 21, 1982) Daniel Thomas “Danny” Rienzi (born June 15, 1990) Tommy DeVito Jr. (born April 25, 1972) married Lisa Genevieve Dunn (born March 7, 1974 in Boston) on November 5, 1995 in Boston. Lisa Angelina DeVito (born August 7, 1996 in Boston) Thomas Louis “Tommy” DeVito III (born September 7, 1997)
  6. Family of Frankie Valli Parents Anthony Castelluccio Born: November 28, 1914 in Newark Died: September 26, 1994 in Newark Mary Castelluccio (nee Rinaldi) Born: March 19, 1916 in Philadelphia Died: March 31, 1991 in Newark Married: August 2, 1936 in Newark First Wife’s Parents Lawrence John “Larry” Russo Born: January 15, 1903 in Newark Died: August 10, 2009 in Newark Michelle Isabelle “Micki” Russo (nee Di Stefano) Born: September 13, 1907 in Newark Died: November 24, 2007 in Newark Married: July 21, 1929 in Newark Self, Wives, and Children Francis Stephen “Frankie” Valli (born May 3, 1937) married Mary Josephine Russo (born July 6, 1938 in Newark) on April 29, 1958 in Newark; they divorced January 16, 1971. Antonia Nancy “Toni” Valli (born April 5, 1959) Francine Marie Valli (born April 30, 1960) Nicole Jean “Nikky” Valli (born March 3, 1962) Frankie Valli (born May 3, 1937) married Maryann Hannigan (born June 5, 1949) on February 15, 1972 in Newark; they divorced January 10, 1979. Jessica Ann “Jessie” Valli (born April 11, 1973) Daniel Thomas “Danny” Valli (born April 1, 1977) Frankie Valli married Randy Clohessy (born April 23, 1959) on July 7, 1984 in Newark; they divorced April 20, 2005. Francesco Valli (born April 14, 1987) Emilio Valli (born September 2, 1994), twin Brando Valli (born September 2, 1994), twin Frankie Valli married Sandra Marie “Sandy” Alberti (born January 4, 1962 in Newark) on May 7, 2005 in Newark; the couple had no children together. Grandchildren Toni Valli (born April 5, 1959) married Francis Salvatore “Frank” Cavaliere Jr. (born March 2, 1958) on December 29, 1974; they divorced March 26, 1989. Lisa Marie Cavaliere (born November 5, 1975) Thomas Robert “Tommy” Cavaliere (born November 27, 1976) Francis Nicholas “Frankie” Cavaliere (born October 24, 1978) Note: Toni Valli married Gerry Polci (born June 1952) on March 25, 1990; they had no children together. Francine Valli (born April 30, 1960) married Vincent David “Vinny” Cassini (born June 29, 1958) on January 23, 1977. Therese Francine Cassini (born December 4, 1977) Joseph Vincent “Joey” Cassini (born December 27, 1978) Francis Valli “Frankie” Cassini (born October 12, 1980) Ashley Angelica Cassini (born January 5, 1983) Nikky Valli (born March 3, 1962) married Joseph Martin “Joe” Martinelli (born May 1, 1960) on November 25, 1979. Elizabeth Margaret “Betty” Martinelli (born October 2, 1980) Joseph Nicholas “Joey” Martinelli (born October 26, 1981) Tyler Robert Martinelli (born August 7, 1983) Frances Ashley “Franny” Martinelli (born September 4, 1986) Charles Christopher “Chuckie” Martinelli (born October 21, 1991) Jessie Valli (born April 11, 1973) married Matthew Arnold “Matt” Rosenberg (born May 13, 1971 in Flushing, NY) on March 4, 1990 in Newark. Jennifer Victoria “Jen” Rosenberg (born December 11, 1990 in Miami, FL) Timothy Scott “Timmy” Rosenberg (born June 9, 1993 in Miami) Elizabeth Maryann “Lizzie” Rosenberg (born October 11, 1994 in Miami) Danny Valli (born April 1, 1977) married Theresa Margaret O’Brien (born May 4, 1980 in Miami) on May 5, 2002 in Miami. Melissa Nicole Valli (born September 9, 2003) Robert Nicholas “Bobby” Valli (born September 22, 2004) Patricia Francine “Patty” Valli (born July 1, 2007)
  7. Bob Crewe Biography Bob Crewe is an American musician, record producer, music manager, and songwriter. His full name is Robert Stanley Crewe. He has made himself a legacy for his multi-talented career with the Four Seasons, as their co-producer and manager, and as a key songwriter since 1960. Bob Crewe was born on November 12, 1930 in Newark. Crewe created his first partnership with pianist Frank Slay in 1953. They went on to write and produce several hit songs of the 1950s. After he ended his partnership with Slay toward the end of the decade, Bob Crewe joined in partnership with Herbie Mandel in January 1959, though he would continue to produce for some artists without Mandel involved. Crewe and Mandel observed the Four Lovers performing a gig at a Newark venue one night in early September 1959. The lineup consisted of original members Frankie Valley and Tommy DeVito, as well as recent arrivals Bob Gaudio and Nick Macioci, along with drummer Joe Russo, who joined with Macioci. The partners, who were working with Columbia Records at the time, enjoyed the performance so much that they got the band to come to Columbia for an audition. The band passed their audition and signed their recording contract. After a discussion between the band and the producers, it was agreed that Mandel would be the band’s executive producer, and Crewe would be their co-producer and manager. The band’s first single for Columbia was recorded soon after and released in October 1959. After that single flopped, changes were implemented on the Four Lovers in January 1960. Valley became Valli; Macioci became Massi; and most importantly, the Four Lovers became the Four Seasons. In addition, Mandel suggested that the Four Seasons be strictly a rock band, since they looked like one with their instruments at hand. As a result, Crewe and Gaudio developed a unique rock style for the band, later becoming known as the Four Seasons Sound. After these changes, the Four Seasons recorded their first single on March 12. It was released in April and became a Top 5 hit in early May. Mandel and Crewe have remained the Four Seasons’ producers to the present day, with plans to retire on October 21, 2022. Bob Crewe shuttles between his homes in Newark and Los Angeles.
  8. Herbie Mandel Biography Herbie Mandel is an American record producer and blues singer. He is best known for being the executive producer of the rock band the Four Seasons from 1960 to the present day. Mandel is a devout Reform Jew and has Asperger’s Syndrome, and his height is 6 feet, 8 inches. He is also a patriotic Republican and has supported Republicans such as Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater and Presidents Ronald Reagan and Alan Keyes. Herbert Solomon Mandel was born on August 2, 1918 in Brooklyn, the tenth of fourteen children born to Russian immigrants. He began his career in June 1936 as the bass singer in a teenage barbershop quartet. On April 25, 1941, he began a solo career with a recording of his first single. It was released May 13 and gave Mandel national exposure and recognition. Herbie Mandel was also responsible in his day for helping to break the racial barrier in the blues music industry. He has continued to record with his very deep bass vocals to this day. He landed himself a job as an assistant record producer working with Columbia Records in 1942, working with a variety of blues and R&B acts. His older brother Art became an executive at Columbia Records during this period. By 1949, Herbie was producing on his own. Between late 1956 and early 1957, during a time when Elvis Presley was hugely popular, he and his brother Art convinced Columbia Records executive Mitch Miller that rock and roll was a force to be reckoned with, and that rock and roll artists be accepted and signed to the label. A little later on, Art Mandel would sign major rock bands to the Columbia label, most notably the Silver Sharks, the Grenades, and the Grasshoppers. While producer Bob Crewe worked with Frank Slay, Herbie Mandel produced solo until January 1959, when Crewe split with Slay and joined in partnership with Mandel. In September 1959, when Mandel and Crewe signed the band that soon became known as the Four Seasons to a recording contract, it was arranged that Mandel would be their executive producer, and that Crewe would be their co-producer. When not working with the Seasons, Mandel sometimes produced without Crewe's involvement, and vice-versa. When the band adopted “The Four Seasons” as their official name, they became exclusively a rock band upon Mandel’s suggestion. Thus, the Four Seasons became the first major rock band to get its start in the 1960s. During the British Invasion (1964-1966), Mandel was responsible for helping develop the Four Seasons into a band with a sound of even harder edged rock and with increasingly more songs incorporating blues elements. Facial hair grew increasingly popular among popular music artists during the late 1960s. Nevertheless, Mandel’s insistence on a clean-shaven look for the band remained unchanged. The Four Seasons were always very fond of their executive producer, so they went against the common grain by accepting his insistence. Mandel is also largely responsible for keeping the Four Seasons lineup of Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio, Nick Massi, and Joe Russo unchanged. He did not want to see the Four Seasons, which he called his “dream band”, to have any departures and replacements the way other bands have had, as he explained to the band’s members. In his mind, as it is in mine, replacing any of the members of that band would be like replacing one of the Beatles, or Mick Jagger in the Rolling Stones. Herbie Mandel lives in his native Brooklyn, but also has residences in Newark, Manhattan, and Los Angeles. He plans to retire alongside Bob Crewe on October 21, 2022. His wife, Bessie Mandel, is much shorter than he is. Bessie’s height is 5 feet, 3 inches. Notes The Silver Sharks, the Grenades, and the Grasshoppers are my invention and are among the rock bands that had risen with somewhat great success during the late 1950s, before the emergence of the Four Seasons. I’ll post a more elaborate list of pre-British Invasion rock bands at the end of this blog thread. Hint: it will include the Seasons and the Beach Boys as well as numerous others of cities across America. Another hint: the bands in the list all drew inspiration from the music of highly successful rock artists of the 50s, especially Elvis, Chuck Berry, and Buddy Holly, the last of which you may recall was the lead singer of his band the Crickets and was killed in the infamous 1959 plane crash.
  9. Joe Russo Biography Joe Russo is an American musician, best known as being the drummer and percussionist for the Italian-American rock band the Four Seasons from 1960 to the present day. He has the vocal range of a bass-baritone. Although he is not considered one of the Four Seasons, Russo is in fact one of the band members (and is often nicknamed the “Fifth Season”); with the four main members being Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio, and Nick Massi. Joseph John Russo was born on January 17, 1936 in Newark, the fourth child of Lawrence John Russo (1903-2009) and Michelle Isabelle Di Stefano Russo (1907-2007). He was a childhood friend of Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. His youngest sister is Mary Russo, the first wife of Four Seasons lead singer Frankie Valli, another of Russo's childhood friends. Russo began performing with various bands in local venues in early September 1950 alongside his friend Nick Massi. Joe Russo was performing between June and November 1958 with Tommy DeVito’s band the Four Lovers during the time Massi was a member. Russo rejoined the band, when Nick Massi permanently became a member of what would later become the Four Seasons, in July 1959. Joe Russo and his first wife converted to the Baptist religion in May 1965 when Frankie and Mary Valli did, along with DeVito, Gaudio, and Massi. Joe Russo lives in his native Newark, but also has a residence in Los Angeles.
  10. Nick Massi Biography Nick Massi is an American singer and musician, best known for being a member of the Four Seasons, a very popular rock band active from 1960 to the present day. His full name is Nicholas Eugene Massi. Since the band’s debut, Massi has played bass guitar and sang background vocals with his bass vocal range. Nick Massi was born Nicholas Eugene Macioci on September 19, 1935 in Newark. He was friends with Hank Majewski, Joe Russo, Nickie and Tommy DeVito, and Frankie Valli from very early childhood. Nick Massi began performing in local venues in March 1950 alongside various local bands before joining a band with Hugh Garrity in 1953. He and Garrity disbanded that group by leaving in June 1958 and joined the Four Lovers to replace Majewski and Nickie DeVito, who were band members (the other two were Valli and Tommy DeVito). Massi left the Four Lovers temporarily five months later, being replaced by Charlie Calello; but Garrity remained with the band until June 1959, when he was replaced by the former RoyalTeens member Bob Gaudio. Massi’s hiatus from the band ended when he returned to replace Calello, who decided to quit, in July 1959. Massi brought Joe Russo, playing as drummer, with him. Two months later, the Four Lovers ended up at Columbia Records following an invitation from record producers Herbie Mandel and Bob Crewe, both of whom had observed the band performing a gig at a Newark venue. The band passed their audition at Columbia and signed a recording contract with the label. After their first Columbia single, released in October 1959, flopped, several drastic changes were suggested by Mandel and Crewe. Massi, who had been using his birth name professionally, shortened his surname to its current form. The Four Lovers were renamed the Four Seasons, derived from the local bowling establishment known as the 4 Seasons, where they once failed to make an impression shortly after Massi’s return to the band. Frankie Valley became Valli. The last major change was that the Four Seasons be strictly a rock band. The Four Seasons recorded their first single in March 1960, being released in April and becoming a Top 5 hit by early May. At this moment, the band soared to great fame and fortune, and their Golden Age didn’t end until 1980. Nick Massi has also become known for arranging music by the Four Seasons with former Four Lovers member Charlie Calello. Massi became a Baptist in May 1965. In the Four Seasons' early years, his deep bass voice was often given solo lines in the band’s hits, but as time went by and new trends came for the band to adjust to, the lines have become less frequent. Nick Massi lives in his native Newark, but also has a residence in Los Angeles.
  11. Bob Gaudio Biography Bob Gaudio is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He is best known for being a member of the Four Seasons, a very popular rock band active from 1960 to the present day. Gaudio has the vocal range of a tenor. In addition to being one of the band’s members, playing keyboard and singing background vocals, he has worked with the band as one of their chief songwriters. Robert John Gaudio was born on November 17, 1942 in the Bronx, and raised in Bergenfield, New Jersey. He started playing piano as a hobby at a very young age. He started pursuing a professional career in popular music in late June 1957, getting together with his peers and playing a combination of pop and rock and roll with them, privately but fairly frequently. They officially formed as the RoyalTeens on August 17, 1957, and began performing in public with that name soon after. The group became popular locally, and was discovered by an executive for a local record label two months later. The executive promptly invited the RoyalTeens to the record company, where they received a recording contract. Gaudio wrote the group's biggest hit, "Short Shorts", in late November 1957, shortly after turning 15. He remained with the RoyalTeens until joining the Four Lovers on June 5, 1959 as the replacement for band member Hugh Garrity, who quit the previous day. The rest of the members of the band were lead singer Frankie Valli (then known as Valley), Tommy DeVito, and Charlie Calello. The Four Lovers, whose genre was R&B mixed with rock and roll and elements of doo-wop and pop, had been releasing singles under several names since that group was formed in 1956. Calello quit on July 6, 1959, being replaced the next day by Nick Massi (then known as Macioci, his surname at birth), who was previously with the band between June and November of 1958. Nick Massi brought drummer Joe Russo with him. On August 6, they failed an audition at a bowling establishment in Union Township, New Jersey, known as “The 4 Seasons”. Though disgruntled at their failure, they continued to chug along with hope through continuing their nightly gigs at a Newark venue. On the night of September 5, 1959, when the band was performing one of its gigs, record producing partners Herbie Mandel and Bob Crewe observed the concert. The two men had affiliation with Columbia Records, with somewhat modest success with the artists they were then producing for. After the concert, the producers enjoyed it very much and got the names of the band members, and obtained Frankie Valli’s home address from one of his close friends. Mandel sent a letter to Valli the next day offering him an invitation to Columbia Records for an audition. Valli accepted, and brought his band mates with him to the record company on September 8. There, they did very well at their audition and signed a recording contract as a result. The Four Lovers recorded their first single for Columbia on September 11. The single was released October 2, with the band listed with the name “The Village Voices”. It failed to make the Billboard Hot 100, and the band was compelled to make a significant change. On January 16, 1960, the band decided to officially change its name, and all seven men were put to the task. After exploring several possibilities, they arrived at "The 4 Seasons", the name of the local bowling establishment they had failed to impress. Right after that, Herbie Mandel modified the band name to “The Four Seasons” to make it sound more appealing. Mandel felt the name change was also appropriate in that it made reference to not only the bowling establishment, but also to the famous set of violin concertos by 18th century Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi. For the band’s debut as the Four Seasons, Gaudio independently wrote a set of two songs within one hour on February 12, 1960. The band recorded the two songs on March 12, and they were released as a single on April 1. The single became a hit, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 by early May. From that moment on, the Four Seasons consistently scored with hit singles on a regular basis, but the band's first #1 hit single did not come until 1962. Gaudio went to work on a new song in July of that year and wrote it within half an hour. After some debate on what to call it, he and the producers agreed with “Sherry”. “Sherry” was released in August, and reached #1 the next month, remaining there for five weeks. Gaudio was introduced to his future first wife, Ruthie Caruso, by fellow band mate Nick Massi late in December 1963 after Christmas (This event had a big impact on Gaudio’s life (plus, it was about a week before the Beatles’ song “I Want To Hold Your Hand” topped the Billboard Hot 100, kicking off the British Invasion, in which the Beatles surpassed the Four Seasons in popularity), so that in November 1975, with December not far away, he adapted this time setting to a completely different love story for the song "December 1963 (Oh What a Night)"; the single with this song as the A-side was released in December 1975 and topped the charts in early 1976). Gaudio and Caruso were married in early November 1964, though the marriage ended in divorce in 1973, and Bob remarried in 1977. On May 2, 1965, Gaudio and his first wife became Baptists along with the rest of the Seasons and their spouses. The Four Seasons and their friends and family became Baptists due in part to their abhorrence of alcohol, tobacco, and other toxins (This hatred was first instilled upon DeVito as a child by his older brother Anthony; he then passed it on to his friends, including Massi, Russo, and Valli; the hatred was inherited by Gaudio when DeVito passed it on to him shortly before he played in his first gig with the Four Lovers). Bob Gaudio has lived in Newark since January 1960, but also has homes in his native Bergenfield and Santa Monica, California.
  12. Tommy DeVito Biography Tommy DeVito is an American singer and musician, best known for being a member of the Four Seasons, a very popular rock band active from 1960 to the present day. Since the band’s debut, DeVito has played lead and rhythm guitar and sang background vocals with his baritone vocal range. Thomas Louis DeVito was born on June 19, 1936 in Newark, the sixth of ten children of George and Mary DeVito, who were first-generation Italian Americans. His father owned a music shop in Newark, and he became interested in music at a very young age, learning to play guitar from the same teacher his older brother Anthony had, at first learning classical guitar pieces, then progressing into country and western songs. Thus, DeVito started his professional career on country and western music. Sometime after this, he moved on to blues, R&B, and rock and roll. DeVito began his professional career in January 1951 as a member of the Variety Trio, along with his brother Nick and their friend Hank Majewski. This band also played in the background of Frankie Valli, who began his career singing solo from 1952 to 1954, after he was convinced by Tommy DeVito to join his band. No longer a trio, the band changed their name to the Varietones, and in 1956, to the Four Lovers. Nick DeVito and Hank Majewski left the Four Lovers in June 1958 and were replaced by Nick Massi and Hugh Garrity. Massi left temporarily in November, being replaced by Charlie Calello. Garrity left in June 1959 and was replaced by ex-RoyalTeen Bob Gaudio; Calello quit in July 1959 and Massi returned to replace him. Massi was accompanied by drummer Joe Russo. Two months after the last change, the band was noticed at a Newark venue by record producers Herbie Mandel and Bob Crewe, who were working as partners with Columbia Records. After Mandel contacted Valli, the group went to Columbia, where they passed their audition and signed a recording contract. After the band’s first single for the label failed, several changes were suggested by Mandel and Crewe. The two major ones were that the Four Lovers would become the Four Seasons, and that they would adopt a Gaudio-Crewe influenced rock genre. The band’s following single, released in April 1960, became a Top 5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Following this, the popularity of the Four Seasons was unstoppable for at least 20 years, and since the band’s establishment as the Four Seasons, Tommy DeVito has been recognized as the founder of the band. DeVito and his first wife became Baptists in May 1965, along with three brothers, Majewski, Valli, Gaudio, Massi, and Russo. Anthony DeVito, who became a Baptist three years earlier, talked everyone into it. Tommy's youngest brother Joey became a Baptist in 1967. Tommy DeVito lives in his native Newark, but also has a home in Los Angeles.
  13. Frankie Valli Biography Frankie Valli is an American singer, best known for being the lead singer of Italian-American rock band the Four Seasons from 1960 to the present day, where he has been known for his falsetto. His vocal range of high tenor enables him to sing falsetto with ease. Valli has a four-octave range. His full name is Francis Stephen Valli. Frankie Valli was born Francis Stephen Castelluccio on May 3, 1937 in Newark, NJ, the eldest of the three sons of Anthony and Mary Castelluccio. Frankie was friends with future band mates Tommy DeVito, Joe Russo, and Nick Massi since his very early childhood. He was inspired at age 7 by Frank Sinatra, whom his parents took Frankie to see in concert. Valli began his professional career in early January 1952 as a singer in local venues. His talent landed him with a single cut for Corona Records in 1953 under the name Frankie Valley. Valli was only 16 at the time. He became a member of the Variety Trio in 1954, joining close friends Tommy DeVito, Tommy’s brother Nick, and Hank Majewski. Subsequently, the band changed their name to the Varietones. The band was renamed the Four Lovers in 1956, and that same year they cut their first single for RCA Victor, with Milt Gabler (1911-2001) as the producer. Gabler is well-known for producing the hit song “Rock Around The Clock” for the band Bill Haley and the Comets. Nick DeVito and Hank Majewski left the Four Lovers in 1958, and were replaced by Hugh Garrity and Nick Macioci (known as Massi since 1960). Massi spent five months with the band before leaving temporarily and being replaced by Charlie Calello. Garrity left the Lovers in June 1959, being replaced by former RoyalTeen Bob Gaudio. Calello quit in July 1959, and Nick Massi returned to take his place, bringing drummer Joe Russo with him. In September 1959, Valli received a letter from record producer Herbie Mandel, who had been in partnership with Bob Crewe for eight months. The message was about an invitation to an audition at Columbia Records offered by the two producers. After Valli accepted, he took his band mates with him the next day to Columbia, where they did very well at the audition. After they got their recording contract, Crewe suggested that Valli start using more of the higher part of his range for falsetto vocals. Lead singers of doo-wop groups often sang falsetto, doo-wop was a popular genre of pop music in September 1959, and Valli had a very high voice. The group’s first single for Columbia, released in October, was in a pop rock genre reminiscent of doo-wop. When that single failed to chart, four major changes were suggested by Mandel and Crewe, and the changes were accepted. Frankie Valley changed his name to Valli (reflecting the last name of female singer “Texas” Jean Valli, who helped Frankie cut his first record in 1953); Nick Macioci shortened his name to Massi; and the Four Lovers became the Four Seasons, derived from a local bowling establishment named “The 4 Seasons”, where they had failed to make an impression shortly after Massi rejoined the band. The other big change was that the Four Seasons make rock their genre, since Elvis Presley and others were already highly successful with it. Gaudio and Crewe added their personal touch to the band’s rock genre, giving it its uniqueness. The band’s rock genre has become known as the Four Seasons Sound. It incorporated vocal harmonies and elements of doo-wop, with Valli alternating between falsetto and full voice, and the rest of the Seasons singing backing vocals. Joe Russo, the Seasons’ drummer, has almost never sung backing vocals to the Seasons. The Four Seasons recorded their debut single on March 12, 1960, and it was released on April 1, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early May. The band’s singles consistently made the Top 40 from 1960 to 1980, thus partially comprising the band’s string of hits. Frankie Valli became a Baptist in May 1965, during a time when the Four Seasons were still one of the hottest rock bands. He began a “solo” career two months later, in which Mandel and Crewe remained the producers; and DeVito, Gaudio, and Massi always sang and/or played their instruments in the background, along with drummer Joe Russo. Frankie Valli lives in his native Newark, but also has a residence in Calabasas, California.
  14. Four Seasons Albums (1960-1980) Daisy – released April 1, 1960 (16 tracks) Rhythm ‘n Seasons – released October 7, 1960 (16 tracks) Lady Luck – released February 10, 1961 (16 tracks) Girl Crazy – released July 7, 1961 (16 tracks) Oh Baby – released October 6, 1961 (16 tracks) Easy Love – released April 6, 1962 (16 tracks) Sherry – released August 3, 1962 (16 tracks) Seasons’ Greetings – released December 7, 1962 (16 tracks) Walk! – released March 15, 1963 (16 tracks) Candy Girl – released June 7, 1963 (16 tracks) Folk Nanny – released October 11, 1963 (16 tracks) Dawn Go Away – released January 15, 1964 (16 tracks) Born To Wander – released April 3, 1964 (16 tracks) Rag Doll – released July 10, 1964 (16 tracks) Seasons’ Greetings II – released December 4, 1964 (16 tracks) Baby Goodbye – released March 12, 1965 (16 tracks) In Season – released July 9, 1965 (16 tracks) Let’s Hang On! – released October 1, 1965 (16 tracks) Working My Way Back To You – released February 4, 1966 (16 tracks) Back To School Blues – released August 12, 1966 (16 tracks) Lightning and Rain – released December 2, 1966 (16 tracks) Save Our City – released March 3, 1967 (16 tracks) Psychedelic Fantasy – released July 7, 1967 (30 tracks) Power To The Flowers! – released October 6, 1967 (21 tracks) Bright Day, Starry Night – released February 2, 1968 (21 tracks) Fallen Hero – released June 7, 1968 (21 tracks) The Four Seasons (The Purple Album) – released December 6, 1968 (34 tracks) Raspberry Mountain – released March 7, 1969 (22 tracks) Ashtray – released June 6, 1969 (22 tracks) Moon Man – released September 5, 1969 (34 tracks) Sapphire Skies – released January 9, 1970 (20 tracks) Prohibition Resurrection – released May 15, 1970 (28 tracks) Intoxication Station – released November 19, 1970 (24 tracks) Symphony of Joy – released January 22, 1971 (20 tracks) Imaginative Imagery – released June 4, 1971 (24 tracks) Crystal Clear – released October 1, 1971 (25 tracks) A Brand New Life – released February 4, 1972 (19 tracks) Umbrella Man – released June 2, 1972 (23 tracks) Sin City – released October 6, 1972 (21 tracks) Hot Tank – released February 2, 1973 (19 tracks) Dizzy Wheels – released May 4, 1973 (19 tracks) Talking Trash – released September 7, 1973 (19 tracks) Without, Within – released February 1, 1974 (19 tracks) Feeling Cool – released July 5, 1974 (19 tracks) Moody For Love – released November 8, 1974 (19 tracks) Wear My Ring – released March 7, 1975 (19 tracks) Who Loves You – released August 1, 1975 (19 tracks) Oh What A Night! – released December 5, 1975 (19 tracks) A Night In Wonderland – released March 19, 1976 (19 tracks) Silver Star – released June 11, 1976 (19 tracks) Daydream Maker – released October 1, 1976 (19 tracks) Day and Night – released January 28, 1977 (19 tracks) Cartoon Portrait – released April 8, 1977 (19 tracks) Silly Silly – released August 5, 1977 (19 tracks) Sunshine, Moonshine – released March 3, 1978 (19 tracks) Season Is The Word – released June 9, 1978 (19 tracks) Diamonds & Rubies – released October 27, 1978 (19 tracks) Come On Up – released February 2, 1979 (19 tracks) Mayonnaise Mayhem – released June 1, 1979 (19 tracks) Love Cruise – released September 7, 1979 (19 tracks) The Four Seasons 1980 – released April 4, 1980 (19 tracks) Flow With It – released July 11, 1980 (19 tracks) Video Arcade – released October 3, 1980 (23 tracks) Notes Total in this list: 63 studio albums, 1,221 songs All albums recorded by the Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio, and Nick Massi, with Joe Russo on drums/percussion. All albums produced by Herbie Mandel and Bob Crewe.
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Four Seasons Singles By Month and Year Singles from 1960 to 1980 April 1960 - Daisy (#4)/Goodbye My Love - first hit June 1960 - Please Be My Girl (#5)/Miami Angel August 1960 - Love Me Baby (#8)/Fanny Anne October 1960 - Money (That’s What I Want) (#18)/Tell Me January 1961 - Every Day (#7)/I Need You Girl February 1961 - I Never Knew (#15)/This Guy Doesn’t Love You April 1961 - Tonight We Kissed (#20)/When I See You Again June 1961 - Lacy (#5)/It’s Not So Bad August 1961 - Julie (#4)/I Want To Get Married October 1961 - Oh Baby (#33)/That’s My Love January 1962 - You’re Too Late (#16)/Tonight February 1962 - Hello Pretty Girl (#26)/I Love Your Charm April 1962 - Don't Give Me Up (#4)/Easy Love June 1962 - Costa Rica (#3)/My Lily August 1962 - Sherry (#1)/I’ve Cried Before - first chart topper October 1962 - Big Girls Don’t Cry (#1)/Connie-O December 1962 - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (#12)/Christmas Tears January 1963 - Walk Like A Man (#1)/Lucky Ladybug February 1963 - Make Me Love You (#4)/That’s Not Your Desire March 1963 - Honey Bunny (#4)/Our Last Dance April 1963 - Ain’t That a Shame! (#17)/Soon (I’ll Be Home Again) (#77) June 1963 - Candy Girl (#1)/Marlena (#6) August 1963 - Not What You Like (#29)/Dreams of Love September 1963 - New Mexican Rose (#36)/That’s The Only Way (#88) October 1963 - Your Tender Kiss (#47)/Miserable Nights December 1963 - Little Darlin’ (#14)/The Time Is Near January 1964 - Dawn (Go Away) (#1)/Forever My Love February 1964 - Stay (#11)/Peanuts March 1964 - Will You Love Me Tomorrow (#9)/Big Man’s World April 1964 - Ronnie (#1)/Born To Wander May 1964 - Alone (#16)/Don’t Cry June 1964 - Rag Doll (#1)/Silence Is Golden (#13) July 1964 - If You Care For Me (#5)/My Love For You August 1964 - Save It For Me (#2)/Funny Face September 1964 - One Song (#37)/Since I Don’t Have You October 1964 - Big Man In Town (#3)/Little Angel November 1964 - My Sugar (#6)/To Understand You December 1964 - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (#13)/White Christmas January 1965 - Bye Bye Baby (Baby Goodbye) (#1)/You’re Not Alone February 1965 - Sweet Kisses (#10)/Marcie March 1965 - Baby Be Mine (#3)/Danger April 1965 - Toy Soldier (#30)/Betrayed May 1965 - Don’t Worry Baby (#6)/Seems Like Only Yesterday June 1965 - Girl Come Running (#9)/Cry Myself To Sleep August 1965 - The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore)/This is Goodbye (as Frankie Valli) August 1965 - Lovely Days (#45)/Losing a Good Thing September 1965 - Let’s Hang On! (#1)/Goodnight Baby October 1965 - Don’t Think Twice (It’s Alright) (#12)/Sassy (as The Wonder Who?) December 1965 - Little Boy (In Grown-Up Clothes) (#42)/Silver Wings January 1966 - (You’re Gonna) Hurt Yourself (#39)/Night Hawk (as Frankie Valli) January 1966 - Working My Way Back To You (#1)/Too Many Memories February 1966 - Lightnin’ Strikes (#8)/It’s Alright May 1966 - You’re Ready Now/Cry For Me (as Frankie Valli) May 1966 - Opus 17 (Don’t You Worry ‘Bout Me) (#1)/Beggar’s Parade June 1966 - On The Good Ship Lollipop (#84)/You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You (#96) (as The Wonder Who?) August 1966 - I’ve Got You Under My Skin (#3)/Huggin’ My Pillow November 1966 - The Proud One (#68)/Ivy (as Frankie Valli) December 1966 - Tell It To The Rain (#6)/A Perfect World January 1967 - Nobody Cares/Two Fools In Love February 1967 - Beggin’ (#2)/Save My City May 1967 - Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (#1)/The Trouble With Me (as Frankie Valli) June 1967 - C'mon Marianne (#1)/Selfish Heart July 1967 - Lonesome Road (#80)/Candy Land (#92) (as The Wonder Who?) August 1967 - I Make A Fool Of Myself (#18)/September Rain (as Frankie Valli) August 1967 - We're Flying High (#16)/Roadrunner October 1967 - Watch The Flowers Grow (#4)/It Moves Me December 1967 - To Give (The Reason I Live) (#29)/Watch Where You Walk (as Frankie Valli) January 1968 - Pauline (#13)/Showtime February 1968 - The Sun, Moon, Stars, and Sky (#5)/Romantic Rendezvous April 1968 - Since You Came/Make Me Yours (as Frankie Valli) June 1968 - Fallen Hero (#3)/We Don’t Need a Change September 1968 - Let Me Live/My Mother’s Eyes (as Frankie Valli) December 1968 - Marxist Fever (#8)/Tell Her No January 1969 - Call Me Crazy (#12)/That’s No Good March 1969 - Raspberry Mountain (#5)/Raise The Flag June 1969 - The Girl I’ll Never Know (Angels Never Fly This Low) (#52)/A Face Without A Name (as Frankie Valli) September 1969 - Gimme Gimme Your Love (#2)/Moon Stories October 1969 - Knowing You (#9)/Fighting Fire With Fire December 1969 - The Last Waltz/Untie These Knots (as Frankie Valli) January 1970 - Sapphire Skies (#6)/Traitor’s Paradise April 1970 - Prohibition Resurrection (#17)/Relax June 1970 - For Once In My Life/Red, Red Rose (as Frankie Valli) September 1970 - I’m Comin’ Home (#3)/Good God (It’s Great) November 1970 - You Can Make Me Fly/Sweeter Than Sugar (as Frankie Valli) November 1970 - Tobacco Taboo (#11)/Intoxication Station (#66) January 1971 - Blades Of Cotton (#6)/Ode To Joy (Do You Love Me Pretty Baby) April 1971 - Pretty Fool (#86)/Friendly Face (as Frankie Valli) June 1971 - What Say You (#24)/Rip It Over and Out August 1971 - Georgia Girl/What Happened To Our Love? (as Frankie Valli) August 1971 - Fly Me To Jupiter (#8)/Rock and Roll Music October 1971 - You Ease The Pain (#18)/Crystal Clear February 1972 - A Brand New Life (#7)/Plain as Hell April 1972 - Means Nothing To Me/What Is It Girl? (as Frankie Valli) June 1972 - No Way Girl (#15)/Umbrella Man (#45) July 1972 - Not This Time/Hawaiian Paradise (as Frankie Valli) September 1972 - Show Off Girl (#9)/Wanderin’ October 1972 - Hit Me (#26)/Blackjack Blues January 1973 - Great Times With You (#23)/Take Off March 1973 - You’re All I Need/Long Lonely Days (as Frankie Valli) May 1973 - Dizzy Wheels (#8)/The Stranger (On The Street) (#51) June 1973 - Booze Row (#19)/Just As I Like It September 1973 - Talking Trash (#10)/Pullover December 1973 - It’s Not Unusual/Don’t Like Me, Love Me (as Frankie Valli) February 1974 - Without, Within (#10)/A Thousand Tears April 1974 - Nothing Special (#8)/Hotshot June 1974 - Until I Found You/Paying The Price (as Frankie Valli) July 1974 - Feeling Cool (#21)/Pool Shark September 1974 - A Hundred Miles (#50)/No Kidding November 1974 - My Eyes Adored You (#1)/Foolish Pride (as Frankie Valli) February 1975 - Jersey Fever (#41)/High-Heeled Shoes May 1975 - Swearin’ To God (#6)/Why (as Frankie Valli) June 1975 - Gimme A Chance (#8)/Playin’ It Safe August 1975 - Who Loves You (#2)/Hawkeye October 1975 - Our Day Will Come (#10)/You Can Bet (as Frankie Valli) December 1975 - December 1963 (Oh What A Night) (#1)/Slip Away February 1976 - Holding On (#29)/Close The Door March 1976 - Fallen Angel (#3)/Carrie (I Would Marry You) (as Frankie Valli) May 1976 - Silver Star (#6)/Flashback July 1976 - Jet Surf (#50)/What’s Best For You October 1976 - The Thing Called Love (#65)/Everything Darlin’ (as Frankie Valli) October 1976 - Workin’ (#2)/Love Explosion January 1977 - Day and Night (#38)/The Player April 1977 - I’m a Loner/Disco Wizard (as Frankie Valli) April 1977 - Play That Funky Music (#7)/It’s Not Over Yet July 1977 - Love is Priceless (#78)/Heartbreaks and Heartaches (as Frankie Valli) August 1977 - Silly Silly (#16)/Shake The Floor October 1977 - When I Feel Down (#9)/Fightin’ Back The Tears January 1978 - Shake It Baby/Take Me Home March 1978 - Soul Searching (#23)/My Sunshine May 1978 - Grease (#1)/Feel The Rhythm (as Frankie Valli) August 1978 - Brain Drain (#8)/In A Hump October 1978 - I’m Feeling Alright (#16)/You Got Me Good (as Frankie Valli) October 1978 - Diamonds & Rubies/Blows Me Up a Thrill February 1979 - Come On Up (#25)/Joy and Laughter March 1979 - Red Robin (#30)/It’s Killing Me (as Frankie Valli) June 1979 - All Your Love (#8)/I Won’t Worry July 1979 - The Perfect Pair/Gimme a Reason (as Frankie Valli) September 1979 - Love Cruise (#9)/Sexy Lady December 1979 - Just One Night/Lovers Forever February 1980 - Don’t Ask Me Why/Only Together (as Frankie Valli) April 1980 - Working My Way Back To You/Forgive Me Girl (#9)/Ace of Jacks May 1980 - Don’t Be Cruel (#42)/Lovin’ At Daybreak July 1980 - Flow With It (#39)/For Money Or Love (as Frankie Valli) August 1980 - Time Of The Season (#19)/Doesn’t Make Sense October 1980 - Heavenly Love (Hold Me) (#10)/Video Arcade (#36) Notes In parentheses to each particular A or B-side is its peak position in the Billboard Hot 100. Working My Way Back To You/Forgive Me Girl has Nick Massi singing on the “paying every day” line, making it nearly identical to the version by the Detroit Spinners. All singles recorded by the Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio, and Nick Massi, with Joe Russo on drums/percussion. All singles produced by Herbie Mandel and Bob Crewe. In this document, only singles from 1960 to 1980 are featured because this represents the Golden Age of the Four Seasons. The Four Seasons continued to record and release new singles and albums after 1980. The dates given for all singles are final and set to become factual after history is altered. However, the names I made up for song titles may not be considered plausible or appropriate, and thus are not final. These song names are just rough ideas, and may (or may not) be renamed by members of an advanced extraterrestrial species when consulted, given the time period these singles are released; the context of the songwriting styles of Bob Gaudio, Bob Crewe, and others; and a summary I show and/or convey to them of all of what I want to have happened in the career of the Four Seasons. Chart positions for the given singles are also feasible. All original songs by the Four Seasons are to have a minimum of three verses. This applies to songs that exist pre-historical change. All songs recorded by the Four Seasons are to have an instrumental bridge (lead guitar solo accompanied by other instruments in the band) implemented. Key changes that share the same mode (as in major and minor) are to be rarely found in songs by the Four Seasons, with prominent exceptions such as “Bye Bye Baby (Baby Goodbye)” (1965) and “Working My Way Back To You” (both 1966 and 1980 versions).
  16. The Four Seasons' US #1 Hit Singles Amount of #1 Hits by Year Released: 1962: 2 1963: 2 (4) 1964: 3 (7) 1965: 2 (9) 1966: 2 (11) 1967: 2 (13) 1974: 1 (14) 1975: 1 (15) 1978: 1 (16) Cumulative Total: 16 #1 Hit Singles The Four Seasons 25th Anniversary Anthology The Four Seasons, 1960-1965 (released on LP and cassette: May 7, 1985; CD: September 22, 1987) The Four Seasons, 1966-1970 (released on LP and cassette: August 6, 1985; CD: December 22, 1987) The Four Seasons, 1971-1975 (released on LP and cassette: November 5, 1985; CD: March 22, 1988) The Four Seasons, 1976-1980 (released on LP and cassette: February 4, 1986; CD: June 21, 1988) The Four Seasons, 1960-1980 (bundle package; released on LP and cassette: April 1, 1986; CD: August 23, 1988) Notes The names of the Four Seasons’ US chart toppers are as follows: 1962: “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” 1963: “Walk Like A Man”, “Candy Girl” 1964: “Dawn (Go Away)”, “Ronnie”, “Rag Doll” 1965: “Bye Bye Baby (Baby Goodbye)”, “Let’s Hang On!” 1966: “Working My Way Back to You”, “Opus 17 (Don’t You Worry ‘Bout Me)” 1967: “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, “C’mon Marianne” 1974: “My Eyes Adored You” 1975: “December 1963 (Oh What A Night)” 1978: “Grease” None of these songs are of my invention. Complete listings of singles and studio albums by the Seasons released between 1960 and 1980 will be posted in this blog very soon. Many of those singles and albums are of my imagination/invention, consisting of Seasons originals as well as additional covers of songs by other artists. For your entertainment, only 7 of these 16 songs made it to #1 in the current version of history. Those are: “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Walk Like A Man”, “Rag Doll”, “My Eyes Adored You”, “December 1963 (Oh What A Night)”, and “Grease”.
  17. Biography of Ray Marcello Summary A biography of Ray Marcello, my invention and an older brother of Joey Marcello. Ray is best known for managing Ray’s Pizzeria, Restaurant, and Deli in the Bronx between the years 1948 and 2015. Besides being known for its Italian-American cuisine, the restaurant is also known for piping in classical music. Engelbert is a frequent customer of the restaurant during his visits to New York City. Biography Ray Marcello is a retired American restaurant owner and chef. Often known as “Classical Ray”, Raymond Paul Marcello was born Armand Paul Marcello on October 1, 1915 in the Bronx, the 14th of 15 children born to Emilio and Giuseppina Marcello. Soon after his baptism, his legal name was altered from Armand to Raymond. His younger brother is Joey Marcello, who is best known for launching Indian-born pop singer Engelbert Humperdinck (born Arnold Dorsey) as well as other popular recording artists (especially Jacob Williams and Kirby Blake) to superstardom, and for inventing Los Angeles-style thick crust pizza. Ray Marcello grew up in a culinary household that listened to classical music frequently. He worked as a barber at his father’s barbershop on Van Nest Avenue from 1934 to 1947. His father Emilio retired in 1946 at the age of 70, leaving the business to seven of his nine sons. Ray’s brother Mario was working as a plumber in Brooklyn, and his brother Joey was then currently working as an adjunct professor of classical music in Los Angeles. After a period of one year after Emilio’s retirement, his old barbershop lost increasingly more customers before finally going bankrupt in 1947. Thereafter, Ray found pleasure working in the culinary industry, taking after his mother Giuseppina (Josephine). He opened Ray's Pizzeria, Restaurant, and Deli on Morris Park Avenue on May 28, 1948, on the corner of Lurting Avenue, which is close to Haight Avenue, where Ray has lived since June 1920. Ray has also frequently been known as the “Bronx King of Pizza”. Marcello's restaurant is very well-known for its brick oven pizza, baked at a very high temperature, and classical music playing there throughout its hours of operation (hence his nickname “Classical Ray”). Marcello has baked his pizza in many varieties, the most popular styles on the menu being New York thin-crust, Neapolitan (including Pizza Margherita and Four Seasons Pizza), Sicilian, Chicago Deep-Dish (since 1959), and Los Angeles thick-crust (since 1982). Besides pizza, Ray's is also known for its gourmet Italian-American cuisine, as well as its beer-battered mozzarella sticks and onion rings. Since Ray established his restaurant in 1948, the classical music has mostly been piped in from WQXR (the "Classical Station of the New York Times"), which can be located on the radio at 96.3 FM within the five boroughs of New York City and within the greater New York metropolitan area. During his visits to New York City, especially on concert tours including the city, Engelbert Humperdinck is a frequent customer. Ray is a hardcore New York Yankees fan, like his 7 older brothers. His brother Joey is the only brother not to remain a Yankees fan. Joey has been a fan of the Dodgers since they relocated from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. Ray is a staunch patriotic Republican, much like the rest of his family has been. Ray managed his restaurant for over 67 years and retired in October 2015. Notes The New York Times, which is politically a far-left newspaper at this point in current history, switches to the side of the patriots following the defeat of the cabal led by President Alan Keyes and his allies circa 2009. Prior to this, Ray tends to ignore news reports coming from WQXR. In current history, WQXR has been a public classical music radio station for more than a decade, and is located at 105.9 FM in the greater New York metropolitan area. If I remember correctly, the switch from 96.3 to 105.9 occurred late in 2009. In any event, such a switch never happens in my revised history, although 105.9 FM can still be a New York City classical music station in direct competition with WQXR. Ralph “Ray” Cuomo’s iconic Manhattan restaurant established in 1959 will obviously not be the first pizzeria to bear the Ray moniker; and for the record, neither will Raymond “Ray” Marcello’s restaurant established in 1948. From my imagination, the title of distinction would go to one in Little Italy, Manhattan, established in 1937 by Raymond “Ray” Esposito (my invention, full name Raymond Joseph Esposito, born September 16, 1910 in New York, NY, died at undetermined date).
  18. Biography of Dave Parry Summary A biography of Dave Parry, a singer, songwriter, and record producer of my invention, who worked with various recording artists during his career, including Engelbert. He had a songwriting partnership with Joey Marcello. Biography Dave Parry was an American singer, lyricist, and record producer, best known for his collaboration with Joey Marcello in their work with hugely popular singers such as Engelbert Humperdinck. David Francis Harold Parry was born on March 20, 1913 in Los Angeles, the youngest of ten children born to Francis Arnold Nelson Parry (1875-1982) and Emily Elizabeth Perkins Parry (1876-1972), who were English immigrants formerly of lower middle class. He began his professional musical career as a jazz singer in 1931, and continued with this occupation with average success until quitting in August 1954. He then began helping his friend Joey Marcello with his record producing business at Columbia Records as rock and roll music was growing in popularity. After Marcello and Parry had had very little luck by April 1955 in seeking someone new with great musical talent to produce records with, Parry asked Marcello to come with him on a two-week trip to England. Marcello accepted, so off they went. Parry decided to visit England because he wanted to see relatives still living there, and to extend their search for talent to there, the latter of which he suggested to Marcello. And in addition to the two men’s desire for fame and fortune, they were now hoping to get a talented musician who was barely recognized in England to move out and reap great benefits in the United States, in large part due to the fact that England’s domestic popular music scene of 1955 was very weak compared to the one in the US of that same year. And after all, Parry’s parents immigrated to the United States from England because they wanted to have much better economic and financial success than they had had in England. The two men began the first part of their vacation in London. There, they had observed no local performer in and around the city with extraordinary musical talent that appealed to them. And it wasn’t worth it for them to search through every London venue with a high likelihood of having a local popular musician performing, since London was a huge city. From London, they ventured on to Leicester, where Parry’s mother was born and raised. It was at a venue in that city one night that they finally found what they were looking for. The musical performer they observed and listened to there was a young man singing songs, some that sounded like jazz, others that sounded like traditional pop; his name was Arnold Dorsey. They loved Dorsey’s performance so much that they asked several residents of Leicester for his address before obtaining it the following night. The day after the two men returned to Los Angeles, Marcello wrote a letter with Parry’s help and sent it to Dorsey. Dorsey received the letter soon after and moved to Los Angeles within a few months afterwards. In September 1955, a month after he moved, he went to Columbia Records to record a single with Marcello and Parry producing, which was released the following month; the single flopped. The following year, Dorsey went back to Columbia Records where he performed a stellar audition, according to the three men who judged him. Marcello and Parry were two of the three men, the other one being Columbia Records executive Mitch Miller. This resulted in a record contract for Dorsey. After failing to have any of his next three singles make an official chart of top hit songs, Arnold Dorsey got a makeover, having his hair dyed black and adopting the stage name Engelbert Humperdinck upon Marcello’s suggestion. The singer who was now officially known as Engelbert Humperdinck recorded a single which was the first of many to be written by the team of Marcello and Parry. The singer’s makeover resulted in the single reaching #1 on the charts. The makeover also gave Humperdinck a level of superstardom matching that of Elvis Presley, and led to his singles from that point on becoming officially charted hits. Engelbert Humperdinck songs written by the Marcello/Parry team temporarily declined in their value starting in 1964 due to the British Invasion. Not even when the Marcello-Parry team made their songwriting style more modern in 1965 did the songs regain the level of power they once had. While still continuing to have entries in the Billboard Top 40, Humperdinck did not regain huge popularity until his cover of the 1946 song “Release Me” (recorded in November 1966 and released in December) had soared to #1 in January 1967. The single captured the attention of pop music fans all over and brought Humperdinck to his latter heyday, mainly due to the song being distinctive compared to other hits of the day, and not being written by the usual Marcello-Parry team. Output of Marcello-Parry songs for Humperdinck was significantly reduced for the period from “Release Me” to the 1969 song “Winter World of Love”, during which the singer primarily focused on songs from other American songwriters, as well as those from English and continental European songwriters. During the period, however, Marcello was still the singer’s main producer, and Parry was working as Humperdinck’s vocal coach in practice sessions. In 1970, song output by the Marcello-Parry team was restored to pre-1966 levels, and the team and its songs regained their pop culture relevance which existed prior to the British Invasion, the latter due to the singer still being at the height of his career. The 1970 format for Humperdinck continued up to September 1975, when Marcello retired from producing, managing, and songwriting in association with Columbia Records. Marcello founded his pizzeria and Italian restaurant with his son Peter, Humperdinck left the Columbia label and signed to Epic Records, and Parry went into complete retirement at age 62. Despite being retired, Parry remained close friends with Humperdinck and Marcello until his death on May 18, 2022 in his native Los Angeles.
  19. Biography of Joey Marcello Summary A biography of Joey Marcello, an invention of mine who in my revised history is responsible for the rechristening of Arnold Dorsey as Engelbert Humperdinck and for launching Engelbert’s career as well as those of several other pop singers. Since Engelbert’s rise to superstardom, Marcello has also been known for his activism in numerous causes. Since his general retirement from the popular music industry, he is responsible for the creation of LA-style pizza, and thus making Los Angeles a Mecca for pizza in the U.S. alongside New York City and Chicago. Biography Joey Marcello is an American pizzeria owner and former record producer, music manager, and songwriter. Joseph Alexander Marcello was born on March 30, 1918 on Taylor Avenue in Van Nest, the East Bronx, the youngest of 15 children born to Italian immigrants Emilio Marcello (1876-1988) and Giuseppina Napolitano Marcello (1877-1967). He spent the first two years of his life living in the house in which he was born, on Taylor Avenue between Van Nest and East Tremont Avenues. He lived there until June 1920, when his family moved to Haight Avenue between Morris Park and Rhinelander Avenues. His father worked as a barber on Van Nest Avenue near Joey’s original home. While growing up in the Bronx, Joey Marcello primarily listened to classical music. He would later broaden his horizons to jazz and contemporary popular music during the early 1950s. He married Rosie Pellegrini (April 5, 1918 – December 11, 2021), his childhood sweetheart, on January 13, 1935, when they were 16. He attended a local college from 1936 to 1940. During those years, Marcello worked at his father’s barbershop. Stressed with working at the barbershop, and eager to pursue a career in music, he moved with his wife and three children to Los Angeles in the summer of 1940. There, his wife gave birth to another son, and he went to graduate school from 1940 to 1942 and then began his professional career working as an adjunct professor of classical music at a major Los Angeles university from 1942 to 1948. Starting in the fall of 1948, he turned to being a record producer, initially for classical music recordings exclusively. However, starting in 1951, the year after he met and befriended Dave Parry and later, his friend, actor J. Pat O’Malley (1904-1985), who was formerly a jazz and traditional pop singer in England (then known as Pat O’Malley), Marcello began producing for popular music artists, as well as becoming deeply interested in popular music that same year, and enjoyed some success producing classical and popular music simultaneously. After recognizing popular music increasingly as a more profitable venue, and with the onset of rock and roll between 1954 and 1955, he stopped producing classical music recordings and began working with Dave Parry. In the spring of 1955, when rock and roll was becoming increasingly popular, he set out to create a counterrevolution to the movement and find talent to represent it. After having a limited amount of luck in the United States, and to honor O’Malley, Parry took him to England during April 1955 where they eventually encountered Arnold Dorsey singing at a Leicester venue. Before departing from England, they obtained Dorsey’s address. Upon their return to Los Angeles, Marcello wrote a letter with Parry’s help and sent it to Dorsey. After he received the letter, the obscure singer packed his bags and moved to Los Angeles. The first several weeks were fairly rough, but Dorsey couldn't stop embracing the American way; and within less than a year after arriving in the United States, Dorsey completely lost his old English accent. He recorded his first single in September 1955; the single was released the following month and flopped. He recorded his next three singles between September 1956 and March 1957, all of which made him moderately successful, but failed to chart. Marcello “renamed” Dorsey as Engelbert Humperdinck on June 9, 1957 after a German classical composer with the same name. He used this name to contest a rivalry with Elvis Presley. With the name change came instant mainstream success for the singer. Besides Engelbert, Marcello worked with numerous other recording artists in pop music, such as African American Jacob Williams (1923-2021), and Los Angeles native Kirby Blake (born 1937), both of whom are mentioned in the initial post of this blog. Marcello was also among the first advocates for record companies to cease the practice of creation of false birthdates and ages, used to make a new performer close to 30 or older appear younger. This practice was due to the fact that many young fans, including teenagers, only wanted to listen to artists in their mid-to-late-20s or younger. After Marcello helped sign Jacob Williams to Columbia Records in the spring of 1958, it was arranged that the record company and publicity use Williams’ real birth date instead of a fake one set at a later birth year. One day in early June 1958, shortly before Engelbert performed a series of songs live at a concert stage, Marcello appeared on stage and made a speech, in which he expressed his opinion on the birthdate/age issue and berated young people in general for judging popular music artists by how old they were. He then announced Engelbert to the stage, and the pop singer proceeded to perform his concert. That Marcello came to make a speech was no surprise, since note of it was mentioned in advertisements for the concert. However, the speech led to an interview with Marcello at CBS with anchor Edward R. Murrow. Besides Marcello and Murrow, Engelbert was also present to give his feedback on the matter. Sometime after the interview aired, upon suggestion from friends, Marcello went for a mental analysis, and when he got the results of his analysis back, the report indicated that his mind was of unusual thought patterns. After further examination, Marcello was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. The information mentioned in the previous sentences of this paragraph was personal information that Marcello kept confidential from the public until he released it on his official website which was created many years later. Also in the aftermath of Marcello’s interview on CBS, young people learned to judge popular music artists by their talent rather than their age or when they were born. And more and more record companies ceased the dishonest birthdate/age practice, and by the end of 1959, the practice had been discontinued by all record companies in the United States. Marcello is also notable for indirectly helping to popularize rock and roll music and what later became known as doo-wop in the UK during the 1957-1958 season, having traveled with Humperdinck on his UK concert tours. This helped further the commonness of British doo-wop groups and British rock and roll performers and bands, and nourished a strong American influence on British popular music and musical culture lasting from the late 1950s to the present day. Joey Marcello is also known for speaking out against corporal punishment, which was a common practice parents used with their children. His father Emilio, who never used corporal punishment with any of his 15 children, was also an advocate against it. Joey Marcello started informing the American public about the negative effects of it soon after Engelbert Humperdinck rose to superstardom. He achieved generally moderate success with his advocacies against corporal punishment during the late 1950s and the early to mid-1960s, but they only became hugely popular during the late 1960s. By the end of 1969, the practice of corporal punishment had considerably declined, and from that point on, it has been frowned upon by the mainstream world, including the United States. He remained the manager and chief producer for Engelbert Humperdinck and others until 1975, when he retired almost completely from the music industry to open up a pizzeria and Italian restaurant with his son Peter in Los Angeles. There, Engelbert is a regular customer. Also, Joey spent his first year perfecting a new style of pizza he at first named "Pizza Marcello" when it was introduced in 1976. The style became so popular throughout the Los Angeles area that Joey dropped “Marcello” off the pizza, and outside the city it became known as Los Angeles-style pizza (LA style pizza for short) in 1979. Since that year, much like the cities of New York and Chicago had become, the city of Los Angeles has become an American city famous for its pizza. After President Reagan repealed many immigration restrictions and quotas during the early 1980s, Italian immigration to Los Angeles increased by a considerable margin, thus strengthening the city as a center for Italian-American culture and cuisine. In July 1984, Los Angeles surpassed Chicago in popularity as a destination for great pizza, becoming second only to New York City. After New York and Los Angeles, Chicago has since ranked third. LA style Pizza is a genuine hybrid of the New York and Chicago styles. Like the New York style, it is prepared dough first, sauce second, cheese third, and additional toppings last; and it is cooked at a high temperature. It is also similar to the Chicago style because of its depth, which in this case consists of a very thick crust for a base, and it can fit a wide variety of toppings. Classical music is most commonly piped in at the restaurant, but Joey Marcello has songs by Engelbert piped in on special occasions, including Valentine's Day, July 4, and milestone anniversaries of events related to Engelbert. Marcello is a devout Roman Catholic, as his parents were. His natural hair color was dark brown, which turned jet black in 1933. His eye color is brown. Note Joey Marcello was not the only catalyst for bringing rock and roll and doo-wop to the UK. Prince Charles and Princess Anne (both young children during this era), issue of England’s Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, entered the fan base of Elvis Presley during his gyration to international fame in early 1956. This helped nourish the royal children’s interest in contemporary American popular music; this occurrence captured the attention of the British media, whose publicity of it resulted in the sudden rise of American popular music genres like rock and roll and doo-wop to enormous popularity among the British public, and the emergence of British rock and roll performers and bands, and British doo-wop groups as well. Prince Charles and Princess Anne were also among the fan base of Frank Sinatra during this era. Engelbert Humperdinck won the royal children into his fan base during his own rise to international success in the fall of 1957. The children simply overlooked the fact that Engelbert dodged conscription for Britain’s armed forces, and that he revoked his British citizenship upon becoming a US citizen. As another side note, Charles and Anne later became fans of the American rock band the Four Seasons upon their emergence in 1960, and the Beatles during the wave of Beatlemania, which occurred circa 1963 to 1964.
  20. Richard Strauss Biographical Notes Introduction This is a biography of British pop singer Richard Strauss, an invention of mine and a very close friend of Engelbert. Quick Facts Born: March 23, 1939 in Paddington, London, England Birth Name: Richard Henry Harris Country: England, United Kingdom Origin: London Years Active: 1959-present Principal Genre: Pop Additional Genres: Adult contemporary, vocal, easy listening, pop-soul, blue-eyed soul Height: 6 ft., 1/2 in. Short description: British singer Biography Richard Strauss is a British singer, London-born and raised, and best known for being the main rival of Welsh singer Tom Jones (born 1940). He initially trained as an amateur vocalist in his youth, but at 18 his training was interrupted by a two-year National Service in the British Army, under the British policy of conscription. Strauss began his professional singing career upon his return to London in 1959, singing at local venues. During the next six years, he sang in various genres, including traditional pop, doo-wop, R&B, and soul, often with a group of amateur singers like himself, or with individuals such as Dusty Springfield (1939-1999), who first became popular in 1964, and her close friend, white soul singer Steve Parker (my invention, born March 2, 1939 in London; full name Stephen Laurence Eric Parker), who first came to fame in the UK in 1962. Strauss married Mary Jane Robinson (born March 19, 1941) in the Paddington district of London where they both were born, on March 24, 1963. After marriage, they moved to Hammersmith in London where they had two children, Jennifer Elizabeth "Jenn" Harris (born January 16, 1965), and Jason Henry Harris (born February 17, 1966). Jenn Harris was named after Jennifer Dorsey Baxter (born 1958), the first daughter of American singer Engelbert Humperdinck, a long-time idol and later very close friend of Strauss, and Elizabeth II, Queen of England, and her brother Jason was named after Humperdinck's second son, Jason Dorsey (born 1962), and Strauss's father, Henry Harris (1905-1979). In June of 1965, after six years of performing as Richard Harris, his name at birth, the singer teamed up with music talent manager Gordon Mills (1935-1986), who was successfully managing Tom Jones (born Thomas Jones Woodward). Four months after becoming the singer's manager, Gordon Mills suggested that the singer become known as Richard Strauss. Such a suggestion was made to avoid confusion with Richard Harris (1930-2002), a then-living Irish actor; and also, just like Joey Marcello remade Arnold Dorsey as Engelbert Humperdinck, after the deceased German composer (1854-1921), Gordon Mills figured he'd do something similar with Harris, naming him after another deceased German composer (1864-1949); however, the name Richard as in Richard Strauss the singer would be pronounced as in the first given name of the future President Nixon of the United States, unlike the dead German composer, whose given name is, even in English vernacular, pronounced with the native German tongue (Ree-khard). Richard Strauss was signed to Decca Records by executive Dick Rowe (1921-1986) in October 1965, and the following month, Strauss recorded his first single, of which both sides were produced by Dick Rowe in addition to Charles Blackwell (born 1940). Between November and December of 1965, Strauss recorded the remaining tracks to his first album; they were produced by Peter Sullivan (c. 1933-2020), who is best known as the producer of a vast majority of early records by Tom Jones and Richard Strauss. The single and album were both released on January 22, 1966. The single, “And That Reminds Me”, is a traditional pop cover of a popular Italian song that later had English lyrics added. The song was made famous in a 1957 hit record by Della Reese (1931-2017). The album has the same title. Richard Strauss’s 1966 rendition of “And That Reminds Me” ultimately soared to #1 on the UK pop chart, where it would remain for five consecutive weeks. Numerous other hits followed, including two traditional pop covers of classic country ballads, “(Every Now And Then There’s) A Fool Such As I” (1967; peaked at #2 on the UK chart) and “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” (also 1967; peaked at #3 on the UK chart). Yet other major hits for Richard Strauss include one in 1968, "Les Bicyclettes de Belsize" (#9 on the UK chart for two weeks) and one in 1969, a cover of "MacArthur Park" (#1 on the UK chart for four weeks). The latter was originally recorded by Irish actor/singer Richard Harris, who you might recall is not the same person as British pop singer Richard Strauss, who was born with the name of the Irish actor! Note “Les Bicylclettes de Belsize” is a song from a 1968 British short film of the same name originally recorded by Les Vandyke (1931-2021). The song’s first cover is by Richard Strauss, but it was soon after covered in the States by Engelbert, whose version soared to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, and #4 on the UK pop chart, making Engelbert’s version more popular than the one by Strauss, even in the UK, Strauss’s native country! This fact can be attributed to Engelbert’s international superstar status, which matches that of Elvis Presley. As you might infer from earlier in this article thread and the one about Elvis, Engelbert has maintained international superstar status since his rise during the second half of 1957.
  21. Engelbert Humperdinck's First Studio Albums (1957-1972) When I See Your Face – released July 2, 1957 (14 tracks) So In Love – released October 1, 1957 (14 tracks) Ready For Your Love – released March 11, 1958 (14 tracks) Engelbert Humperdinck (eponymous album) – released September 23, 1958 (14 tracks) Lorraine – released March 3, 1959 (16 tracks) American-Standards – released July 14, 1959 (16 tracks) The Engelbert Christmas Album – released November 24, 1959 (16 tracks) Tunnel of Love – released March 8, 1960 (16 tracks) Butterfly Kisses – released August 23, 1960 (16 tracks) Bed of Roses – released March 28, 1961 (16 tracks) Never Say Goodbye – released September 12, 1961 (16 tracks) I’m Into You – released March 6, 1962 (16 tracks) Take My Hand – released September 18, 1962 (16 tracks) I’ve Cried Before – released May 14, 1963 (16 tracks) Stay With Me – released October 15, 1963 (16 tracks) In Love For Eternity – released February 18, 1964 (16 tracks) Sharing The Moments – released August 4, 1964 (16 tracks) We Made It Baby – released April 13, 1965 (16 tracks) Going Out of My Head – released November 16, 1965 (16 tracks) Stars Shining Bright – released May 17, 1966 (16 tracks) Release Me – released December 13, 1966 (16 tracks) There Goes My Everything – released April 11, 1967 (16 tracks) The Last Waltz – released September 5, 1967 (24 tracks) A Man Without Love – released May 21, 1968 (22 tracks) Engelbert – released October 29, 1968 (24 tracks) The Way It Used To Be – released April 15, 1969 (24 tracks) Winter World of Love – released November 4, 1969 (20 tracks) My Kind Of City – released April 14, 1970 (22 tracks) The Second Engelbert Christmas Album – released November 24, 1970 (22 tracks) We Cannot Part – released May 4, 1971 (22 tracks) You Lucky Lady – released October 5, 1971 (22 tracks) Save Your Love For Me – released April 11, 1972 (22 tracks) Did I Break Your Heart? – released September 19, 1972 (22 tracks) Notes All albums produced by Joey Marcello, plus Dave Parry and Mitch Miller on When I See Your Face (1957) and Release Me (1966). The album title American-Standards (1959) is printed in the style of the hyphenated logo “American-Standard”, used by the then-named American Radiator & Standard Sanitary Corporation (now American Standard), with an added “s” to complete the album title. The album features traditional pop standards from the Great American Songbook, as well as a couple from the Marcello/Parry songwriting team. Engelbert's studio albums released after 1972 are not mentioned in this post, or anywhere in this thread for that matter. This is because to date I haven't invented album titles that are feasible. In fact, most album titles in this list may or may not be final when all of this is converted to reality. However, one can assume at the rate the albums come out that there will be 49 studio albums released during Engelbert's golden era (1957-1980) alone, including 39 from the Columbia years (1957-1975). And I can estimate that Engelbert's final album with the Columbia label is to be released on September 9, 1975; if not, sometime in August of that year. Despite Engelbert coming out with four singles on the Columbia label between 1955 and 1957, as you might recall from the Showcase item connected to this thread, I'm going to affirm here that When I See Your Face (1957) is set to be not only the first album under the name Engelbert Humperdinck, but also Engelbert's debut album! Reason: Engelbert cuts his first four singles under his birth name (Arnold Dorsey), and obviously none of these singles are massive hits, and he's not supposed to come out with any massive hits until becoming known as Engelbert Humperdinck. Also, Marcello and Parry decide not to risk coming out with an "Arnold Dorsey" album for financial reasons. Trivia: the "Arnold Dorsey" singles (consisting of one flop (the first single) and three below-moderate hits (the latter three)) consist of eight covers.
  22. Engelbert Humperdinck's US #1 Hit Singles Amount of #1 Hits by Year Released: 1957: 2 1958: 2 (4) 1959: 2 (6) 1960: 1 (7) 1966: 1 (8) 1967: 2 (10) 1968: 2 (12) 1969: 2 (14) 1970: 1 (15) 1976: 1 (16) Cumulative Total: 16 #1 Hit Singles Engelbert Humperdinck 25th Anniversary Anthology Engelbert Humperdinck, 1957-1961 (released on LP and cassette: August 31, 1982; CD: August 25, 1987) Engelbert Humperdinck, 1962-1966 (released on LP and cassette: November 30, 1982; CD: November 24, 1987) Engelbert Humperdinck, 1966-1971 (released on LP and cassette: February 22, 1983; CD: February 23, 1988) Engelbert Humperdinck, 1972-1976 (released on LP and cassette: May 31, 1983; CD: May 31, 1988) Engelbert Humperdinck, 1977-1980 (released on LP and cassette: August 30, 1983; CD: August 30, 1988) Engelbert Humperdinck, 1957-1980 (bundle package; released on LP and cassette: October 25, 1983; CD: October 25, 1988) Notes The names of Engelbert's US chart toppers are as follows: 1957: "When I See Your Face", "So In Love" 1958: "Ready For Your Love", "I'd Rather Have You" 1959: "Lorraine", "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" 1960: "Tunnel of Love" 1966: "Release Me" 1967: "There Goes My Everything", "The Last Waltz" 1968: "Am I That Easy to Forget?", "A Man Without Love" 1969: "The Way It Used to Be", "Winter World of Love" 1970: "Los Angeles (My Kind of City)" 1976: "After the Lovin'" Engelbert's US #1 hits from 1957 to 1960 (with the exception of "Are You Lonesome Tonight?"), as well as the one from 1970, are song ideas/inventions from my imagination.
  23. Jim Butler Notes Jim Butler was an American record producer. James Theodore Butler was born on May 29, 1901 in Memphis. He is best known for being the ex-father-in-law of Elvis Presley, as well as Presley’s original record producer from 1951 to 1953, when Presley got his recording contract from Sun Records. Butler died of heart failure at his home in Memphis on December 26, 1988. Notes About Which People Are/Aren’t My Invention In addition to British pop singer Richard Strauss, the Butler family (including Mary, Elvis’s first wife), Elvis’s twins James and Lucy, Sophie Johnson, Johnny Cartwright, and Elvis’s grandchildren by Mary Butler Presley are my invention. All the other people mentioned, such as Elvis’s parents, Steve Sholes, and Colonel Tom Parker are not.
  24. Colonel Tom Parker Biographical Notes Colonel Tom Parker was an American music talent manager. He is best known for being Elvis Presley’s manager from 1953 to 2006, when he retired. Thomas Andrew Parker was born Andreas Cornelis Van Kujik on June 26, 1908 in the town of Breda, in the Netherlands, and lived primarily in Memphis. He also had a residence in Las Vegas. Parker died of natural causes at his home in Memphis on September 21, 2020. Additional Notes As a side note, for when history is changed, Tom Parker handles the prospect of becoming an American more honestly. Admitting to the fact that he was born in the Netherlands, he manages to legally change his name to the current, and he either gets a green card, or he immigrates to the US legally and applies for the process of becoming a US citizen. This way, Elvis Presley is better able to go on foreign tours (like ones with his rival Engelbert Humperdinck), without any legal issues involving Parker arising. For instance, Elvis’s foreign tours take him to West Germany in 1959, as it is essential for him to meet his future (second) wife, the future Priscilla Presley.
  25. Biography of Steve Sholes Steve Sholes was an American record producer. He was Elvis Presley’s producer at RCA Victor from 1956 to 1998. Stephen Henry Sholes was born on February 12, 1910 in Washington, DC. He first became famous for launching various musical artists, such as Elvis and Chet Atkins, to national fame. Steve Sholes is also known as a founder of the Nashville Sound. Besides his accomplishments in music, Sholes was also involved in the career of the African-American civil rights leader and icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sholes befriended Dr. King during the early 1950s and nurtured his political views, while also nurturing his love for pacifism, passive resistance, and Gandhi. Sholes discussed politics greatly with Dr. King after the two developed a friendly relationship. There was only one Democratic presidential candidate that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. voted for, and that was John F. Kennedy in 1960. By the time 1964 arrived, King had long ignored the backlash of Republicans by the mainstream media and supported Republican Barry Goldwater for President in 1964, although Goldwater lost the election to incumbent Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson. Although King disagreed with Johnson’s political views and many of the contents of the Civil Rights Act, which contained politically-correct legal material that contradicted a line in King’s famous 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech (in which King wanted people to be judged by the “content of their character” instead of the “color of their skin”), he remained respectful toward Johnson until his assassination in April 1968. Sholes attended Dr. King’s funeral and balanced his time between his musical career with Elvis Presley and others, and his political hobbies with promoting traditional Republican values and fulfilling Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech to “better” outcomes. Sholes became more involved with politics after retiring from his musical career in August 1998, particularly following the “terrorist attacks” of September 11, 2001, which was really an inside job. In 2008, an aging Sholes supported Republican Alan Keyes for President. Keyes became the Republican presidential nominee later that year, and went on to defeat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in a massive landslide in November. Steve Sholes died peacefully at his home in Nashville on July 22, 2018.
  26. Family of Elvis Presley Parents Father: Vernon Elvis Presley Born April 10, 1916 Died June 27, 1991 Mother: Gladys Love Presley (née Smith) Born April 25, 1912 Died August 16, 1986 Note: Both parents died of heart disease. First Wife and Parents-in-law Wife: Mary Elizabeth Butler (born November 30, 1935) Father-in-law: James Theodore “Jim” Butler Born May 29, 1901 Died December 26, 1988 Mother-in-law: Elizabeth Anne Butler (née Stewart) Born January 28, 1911 Died August 15, 2004 Note: Both parents of Mary Butler Presley died of heart failure. Children (with Mary Butler Presley) James Vernon Presley (born September 1, 1953) Lucy Anne Presley, tomboy (born September 1, 1953) Daughter (with Priscilla Beaulieu Presley) Lisa Marie Presley (born February 1, 1968) Notes James Presley married Sophie Victoria Johnson (born September 7, 1954 in Memphis) on July 19, 1970 in Memphis. Lucy Presley married John Andrew “Johnny” Cartwright (born August 27, 1952 in Memphis) on May 28, 1967 in Memphis. Lisa Marie Presley married her first husband, Daniel “Dan” Keough (born February 8, 1966) on June 12, 1988. They later got divorced. Grandchildren James and Sophie Johnson Presley had four children together: Theresa Kimberly Presley (born April 21, 1971 in Manhattan) Aaron David Butler Presley (born May 7, 1973 in Manhattan) James Vernon Presley Jr. (born August 21, 1975 in Manhattan) Sarah Ruth Presley (born March 31, 1978 in Manhattan) Johnny and Lucy Presley Cartwright had four children together: Pamela Jean Cartwright (born March 3, 1968) William Andrew Cartwright (born March 29, 1969) Jennifer Lucy Cartwright (born April 12, 1971) Nicholas Elvis Cartwright (born November 6, 1973) Dan Keough and Lisa Marie Presley had two children together: Danielle Riley Keough (born March 17, 1989) Benjamin Storm Keough (born March 29, 1990) James Presley Mini Biography James Presley is an American classical pianist, violinist, and operatic baritone. His father is Elvis Presley, the “King of Rock and Roll”. James Vernon Presley was born on September 1, 1953 in Memphis to Elvis and his first wife Mary Butler. He began taking piano and violin lessons at an early age. In 1970, he married his childhood sweetheart Sophie Johnson, who later became a violin teacher. The couple moved to Manhattan soon after they married. James began his professional career in 1972. James and Sophie still live in Manhattan to this day.
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