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Friday night could have been fireworks for the movie “Jersey Boys.” The Clint Eastwood film, currently in theaters, might have benefited from its real life protagonist Frankie Valli plugging it on PBS’s Fourth of July special live from Washington DC.

Alas, this was not to be.

Valli, who doesn’t like the movie, and has stayed away from its premieres, kinda screwed Clint and company very neatly. He opened his three song set to a national audience with a very long version of the theme from “Grease,” a song that does not appear in “Jersey Boys.” He followed it with “Let’s Hang On,” which is featured only in a medley on the “Jersey Boys” soundtrack. In between he gave in and sang “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”

He did not sing any real Four Seasons hits from the movie or even mention it. No “Rag Doll,” “Sherry,” or “Walk Like a Man.” Ouch. If anything would have helped “Jersey Boys,” this would have been it. The silence was deafening.

This was not just a snub to Eastwood and the movie, but also to his long time songwriter Bob Gaudio. Only “Can’t Take My Eyes off You” was co-written by Gaudio. “Grease” was written by Barry Gibb. “Let’s Hang On,” a minor Four Seasons hit, was a rare tune without Gaudio’s credit.

Valli has played it cool with “Jersey Boys.” He didn’t come to the premieres in New York or L.A. The given reason was that his estranged wife, Randy, was very ill. But that doesn’t jibe with this reality: Frankie and Randy were married exactly 30 years ago on July 7, 1984. He’s been trying to divorce her for 10 years, filing in 2004. Their divorce is more than contentious. This past May, an appeals court ruled that they would have to split a life insurance policy that Frankie had put in Randy’s name. Earlier, a court had ruled it belonged to Randy only.

They are still not divorced.

During the course of the divorce, in 2011, it was revealed that Frankie makes about $500,000 a month from the Broadway show and touring companies. Maybe that’s why he sings “Let’s hang on/to what we got.”

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9 replies to this post
  1. I think that you should have looked more deeply into your sources, Yes, Frankie and Randy were divorced, but they had three children together. Randy passed away on July 4, 2014.after spending 7 months in Sloan Memorial,in NYC, with 6 weeks in ICU, in a last attempt to save her life she was flown with her sister to Cleveland, Ohio . Where she passed. Frankie and her boys , were with her for the last 6 weeks. And Frankie could not be with his boys when they lost there mother, they were alone. Although they were divorced , he would have liked to be with his boys but still had to honor his obligation to perform at the White House. So maybe that is his reason , and not what you wrote.

  2. Uhh. Hello. Someone needs to do a little here. Both Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio are producers of Jersey Boys. Your article makes absolutely no sense. BTW…what a fantastic movie! I’ve seen it 3 times and enjoy it more each time. Sure does take me back to that era.

  3. Valli, Bob Gaudio, and original producer who purchased the rights to the play Graham King haven’t shown up to anything to promote the movie. No premieres or comments on the film. I’m pretty sure when asked they all say they haven’t even seen it!

  4. Just saw it at a local drive-in and absolutely loved it! I wish I had seen the theatrical version. Still hope to.

  5. Frankie Valli was there to celebrate the 4th of July ..Not promote the movie.. The movie WAS mentioned when he was introduced.. He and Bob Gaudio split everything 50/50..The more money Jersey Boys and Bob Gaudio make..the more Frankie Valli makes.. so why would he snub either.. He and Gaudio have been partners for over 50 years.. He was only singing 3 songs..The song choice probably had more to do with the audience and the songs he felt he could sing best…The assumptions in this article are ridiculous

  6. Went to see jersey boys 2 times. And I would go over and over again to see it. Love this movie and John lloyd young and frankie valli. The songs were awesome and John lloyd young and frankie valli are very dreamy and awesome. Can’t get these songs out of my head. So many memories. John lloyd keep doing what your doing and you too frankie. Hope someday to met both of you. That would be a dream come true. Your both awesome and handsome. . FROM KAREN BROCK OF LEBANON TN

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