At the recent Four Seasons
Convention in Las Vegas
former ‘Four Season’ Bill De Loach commented that he had been told that “it was
intended to list the names of all the members of the Four Seasons, past and
present, somewhere on the jacket of the CD ‘Romancing The 60’s’. Although that
never happened we do know that most members, past and present, were listed on
the ‘Jersey Beat’ Box Set”
The list of 38 Seasons plus backing
singers does make a fair attempt at the list.
If you have visited our ‘4 Seasons
Roll of Honour’ web page you’ll know our featured line-ups but if you want to
know the chronological history where do you go?
Searching back through our archive
of Newsletters we found that someone in Japan had constructed a ‘Rock
Family Tree’ of the ‘Four Seasons’ during the 1990s. It runs from 1946 and moves
on to the first incarnation and the start of the Variatones to 1994, and
recognizes the support of lesser known people like Richard Natoli. It is a more
detailed and focused view of the line-ups over the years.
We’ve been unable to find the
original to use for a HQ scan but have decided to add the newsletter published
copy to our ‘Four Seasons Roll Of Honour’ page on our web site.
It really needs someone with the
appropriate software and time to construct a comprehensive one and maybe by us
publishing this version it will prompt either the Partnership or a fan to
Of course you’ll spot errors in this
Japanese Family Tree….like the fact that Charles Calello’s spell of 100 plus
performances in 1965 is not included and as we know Gerry Polci was never a
member of the Happenings (although he did spot John Paiva with them). But we’ve got to be grateful for what we have and
we’ve included a list of corrections on the web page below the chart for the
sake of accuracy.
So send us corrections that you spot
( firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll keep the web page as the best record we
have of the Four Seasons Rock Family Tree.
on the image for the 'Rock Family Tree' or on the image above for the full ‘Four
Seasons Roll Of Honour” web page.
When I was
in London recently I called at the West End box office and found it very easy to get tickets
for any performance and it seemed audiences are dropping. Then I read about JB
Chicago closing in January and the takings for NYC slipping. Still 101%
occupancy I thought but with the cast album also slipping off the top spot I
asked myself…”Has Jersey Boys peaked?”
nothing lasts forever and so sometime it must. Then with rumours and stories
about the possibility of an imminent announcement of the movie version ofJersey Boys suddenly surfacing, I was
(perhaps cynically) thinking that someone might be creating a ‘hype’ to hurry
the film negotiations along. Most certainly there will be only one thing in the
Four Seasons Partnership’s Business Plan for 2010 and that is ‘Sign up for the
film for megabucks!’ Movie hype is sure
to pick up the bookings. It’s all about timing…to maximize ‘cashflow’. But then
along came the Jersey Boys blog showing a
record breaking week in Washington DC
several venues are earning $1m dollars plus a week like Washington then in a year the show is
grossing over $250m which is near unbelievable. It must be strange for Bob
and Frankie to see all this money flowing in: more than in their original
career years, by a mile. And to keep that going will
obviously be a priority for the marketing budget. Here's an example!
Cast has been cleverly marketed on every TV show in the UK to maintain
our interest and these have been big ‘promos’ for the show. But 2010 needs a
big push to maintain the audiences. Then we saw the latest UK promo
IF YOU LOVED
JERSEY BOYS - WHY NOT COME BACK AND VISIT US AGAIN!
We are offering you £20 off
a pair of top price seats to Jersey Boys. Valid for midweek performances,
excluding 21 December 2009 - 5 January 2010. Book by 31 January 2010, for
performances valid until the 30 June 2010. And as Lynn Boleyn found out "Andrex toilet rolls I have just bought say you can claim 2 for 1 Theatre &
Panto tickets including Jersey Boys! You just need to collect 10 reward
points and exchange them for 2 for 1 theatre tickets. Full details
business for Valli and Gaudio. Our interest as fans of the group and the show
is re the cast and interpretation of the stage show. Casting for the movie shouldn’t
be too difficult….we all know the London
cast are a perfect fit….and the interpretation shouldn’t be hard. The four
monologues can be synced into interviews with the individual Seasons as they
arrive at the R&R Hall of Fame…and then told in flashback. The numbers can
be staged with audiences in the main and the other songs just fit the action
All we need
is for Bob Gaudio to say…’Show me the money!’ and get a big name director/producer
signed. We know the names and any of them will do it well. It’ll be a breeze.
As for the West End Show....don't worry guys.."We'll Be Back!"