The real Jersey boy 

Frankie Valli and Four Seasons appear at UCA on Friday.

  • COMING TO UCA: Valli.

Frankie Valli never stopped touring and performing, whether as a singer or on stage or even on “The Sopranos,” but the Tony Award-winning hit Broadway musical “Jersey Boys” has introduced a new generation to the Four Seasons music of the 1960s, making the Four Seasons hip again.

While his original pals have retired, Valli has assembled a new Four Seasons act and is bringing the tour to Conway and the Reynolds Performance Hall on the University of Central Arkansas campus on Friday, Sept. 29.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $12 to $35. Call 866-810-0012 or visit www.uca.edu/publicappearances for tickets.

The show is the kickoff for the 2006-07 UCA Public Appearances schedule.

The falsetto-singing Valli, who grew up in Newark, New Jersey, and the Four Seasons were best known for the songs “Sherry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” Valli was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

“Ever since my mother took me to see Sinatra at the Paramount Theatre in New York as a kid,” Valli says in a press release, “I decided then and there that’s what I was going to do — be a successful singer.”

Valli went solo and continued his hit run in the 1970s with such songs as “My Eyes Adored You” and “December, ’63 (Oh What a Night).” Valli had 19 top 10 hits and sold more than 100 million records.

Valli’s group is made up of Landon Beard, Jason Martinez, Erik Bates and Val Martinez. Robby Robinson is musical director, keyboardist and conductor for the 10-piece band.


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