A teen with Asperger's syndrome asked the author — film star Charles Grodin — for help, and gave him a great deal in return
by Charles Grodin, March 28, 2011
"What else would I be doing if I wasn't singing?"
Q&A With Frankie Valli
Frankie Valli sang such classic pop songs as "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You." Along with the rest of the chart-topping vocal group the Four Seasons, Valli also inspired the smash Broadway hit Jersey Boys.
Q: Is it true that actor Joe Pesci helped bring the Four Seasons together? Yes. At the time it was just me, Nick Massi, and Tommy DeVito, and we weren't doing so well, so Joe introduced us to Bob Gaudio, who became our keyboardist. With a simple handshake, we became the Four Seasons.
Q: How did the British Invasion affect your career as a singer? In all honesty, it didn't. During the British Invasion, we were having success. The Beach Boys were having success. The Motown groups were having success. I think American music got even better when the Beatles came on the scene.
Q: What would you tell someone who wants to be a singer? In today's society, those people should have something else on the back burner. The music industry is struggling. You turn on your radio and you don't hear much new music anymore. You hear mostly news or sports 24/7. It's very challenging for new artists these days.
Q: How much longer do you think you'll be singing? I have no idea. I'm going to continue to do it as long as I can. I'm having a great time, and what else would I be doing if I wasn't singing? Planting vegetables? Music is my life.