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Tommy DeVito (1928–2020), original member of The Four Seasons

by Kirk Fox

Tommy DeVito was an original member of the legendary pop rock group The Four Seasons.

  • Died: Monday, September 21, 2020 (Who else died on September 21?)
  • Details of Death: Died at the age of 92 from COVID-19 according to multiple sources.  
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The Four Seasons  

Guitarist and baritone vocalist Tommy DeVito formed a band in the 1950s called the Four Lovers that included singer Frankie Valli. The Four Lovers had a minor hit and appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. In 1960 the group — consisting of Tommy, Frankie, Bob Gaudio, and Nick Massi — changed their name to The Four Seasons. They would have a string of hit songs in the 1960s including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and “Walk Like a Man.” DeVito left the group in 1970. The Four Seasons were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.  

On tough times after leaving The Four Seasons 

“You’re brought down to your knees. It’s like going to hell six or seven times… That feeling is rough. You say, ‘What the hell did I do with myself? Here I am a celebrity, and I wind up being a guy that’s cleaning houses, dealing (cards), doing anything to make $5.’ It’s a horrible feeling. But let me tell you something. You can always learn, no matter how old you are. And I learned pretty fast.” —2009 interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal 


What they said about him

Full Obituary: Las Vegas Review-Journal

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