Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night feature on This Just In.
The weekend has finally arrived.
The sun has set.
The evening sky has erupted.
Let's put controversy and provocative blogs aside for the rest of this work week and smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.
Tonight, we are gonna have some fun!
Sunday night at the Marcus Ampitheater, Festa Italiana welcomes the legendary Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons.
Members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Four Seasons amassed 46 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 charts between 1962 and 1995. The boys from Jersey have sold over 100 million records throughout their career. Their extensive list of songs include 71 chart hits (40 in the Top 40, 19 in the Top 10 and 8 that topped the charts at Number 1). From one of their online biographies:
“This highly acclaimed
After being dropped by RCA Records, they recorded a single for Epic, following which Valli departed in 1958. As a soloist he released ‘I Go Ape’, composed by singer Bob Crewe.
Meanwhile, the Four Lovers released several records under pseudonymous names. The group evolved into the Four Seasons, recording the single ‘Bermuda’/’Spanish Lace’ for the End label, before signing with Vee Jay Records.There, they released ‘Sherry’, which reached number 1 in the USA in September 1962. A brilliant example of falsetto, harmony pop, the track established the group as one of
We open with a clip from their November 2, 2008 NBC special....
More from the group's bio:
"All these hits were underpinned by lustrous, soaring harmonies and thick up-front production, which gave the Seasons a sound that was totally unique in pop at that time. Their international fame continued throughout 1964 when they met fierce competition from the Beatles. A sign of their standing was evinced by Vee Jay's release of a battle of the bands album featuring the Seasons and the Beatles. Significantly, when the Fab Four held four of the Top 5 positions in the Billboard chart during early 1964, the Four Seasons represented the solitary competition with 'Dawn (Go Away)' at number 3. The sublime 'Rag Doll' brought them back to the top in the summer of 1964."
Valli was a friend of Frank Sinatra's. From people.com:
"Frankie knew that factory life was not in his cards. 'I'd seen so many people become stagnant in New Jersey—I had this fear I'd just stay there,' he says. 'They'd come out of high school, get a job, get married, have kids and die in Jersey. I wanted more.'
He saw a way out early on, when his mom took him to see Frank Sinatra at around age 6. 'The stage felt like it was 100 feet above my head,' says Valli. 'Sinatra comes out to all the lights, the audience, the roar—everything. After that I sang around the house a lot.'
At the height of the Four Seasons' fame in the 1960s, women followed Valli wherever he performed. On a whim he could ring up the Beatles to hang out in their hotel room in Italy. Frank Sinatra, who called Valli 'Cheech,' would send his Lear jet for the Four Seasons when he wanted company, and he taught Valli breathing techniques to protect his voice after vocal cord surgery in the late '60s."
In 1966, Valli put his stratospheric falsetto to work on a Sinatra classic, performed here on the Ed Sullivan Show.
We move to the 70's. Back to the group's bio:
"It was evident that the Four Seasons were as popular as ever. Immense success followed as the group became part of the disco boom sweeping
From the summer of 1975......
Valli struggled with potential deafness during those mid-70’s, cured by a series of ear operations in 1980. As he fought his hearing troubles in the mid-70’s, he nailed his very first solo #1 hit.
That’s it for this evening.
Have a great weekend.
The Broadway smash, The Jersey Boys, the story of Franki Valli and the Four Seasons comes to Milwaukee’s Uihlein Hall at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts July 20 – August 14, 2011, in Appleton at the Fox Cities PAC June 1- June 19, 2011.
Bio notes for this blog came from the-four-seasons.com:
“Still going strong, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons have become an institution whose illustrious history spans several musical eras, from the barber shop harmonies of the 50s to the disco beat of the 70s and beyond. It is however the timeless hit singles of the 60s to which the group are indelibly linked.”