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Fabulous Flip Sides In Memoriam – The Four Seasons’ Tommy DeVito

26 singles and one flip side by The Four Seasons with Tommy DeVito reached the Top 40 in the 1960s
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2006, photo by Stephen Lovekin/WireImages for Tony Awards Productions, Getty Images

2006, photo by Stephen Lovekin/WireImages for Tony Awards Productions, Getty Images

In the fall of 1962, New Jersey’s Four Seasons achieved their pop Top 40 debut with a pair of gold singles, which spent five weeks each at No. 1, “Sherry” followed by “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” These songs also topped the R&B chart. The chart topping position was reached again early the following year with “Walk Like a Man” for Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Nick Massi, who died in 2000 at the age of 73, and Tommy DeVito, who passed away on September 21 at the age of 92 from COVID-19.

L to R: Tommy DeVito, Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, and Nick Massi, photo circa 1965, Hulton Archives/Getty Images

L to R: Tommy DeVito, Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, and Nick Massi, photo circa 1965, Hulton Archives/Getty Images

Not only did Tommy sing with the group, but he also played guitar. In his 2008 Goldmine interview, Frankie Valli stated, “Tommy played on some of the early records. He was talented in his own way. He was self-taught. There were things that Tommy could do, in my opinion, that came out of a natural ability that very few people could do.”

In addition to the quartet’s 26 Top 40 charting singles, “Marlena,” the flip side of “Candy Girl,” also charted separately in the Top 40. Many of The Four Seasons’ hits were written or co-written by the group’s Bob Gaudio, including this popular flip side.

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Flip side: Marlena

A side: Candy Girl

Top Pop 100 debut: July 6, 1963 – Candy Girl / July 13, 1963 - Marlena

Peak position: No. 3 – Candy Girl / No. 36 - Marlena

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Big hits continued for the singing group throughout the decade, including “Dawn (Go Away),” “Ronnie,” “Rag Doll,” “Save it For Me,” “Big Man in Town,” “Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby Goodbye),” “Let’s Hang On!,” “Working My Way Back to You,” “Opus 17 (Don’t You Worry ‘bout Me),” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “Tell it to The Rain,” “Beggin’,” and “C’mon Marianne.”

The Four Seasons are members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Vocal Group Hall of Fame, and are the subject of the Tony Award winning musical and film Jersey Boys.

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L to R: Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio and Frankie Valli, 2005, photo by Paul Hawthorne, Getty Images

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