It has already been a summer of news for Four Seasons fans as Lyn Boleyn MBE reported already. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons picked up a top booking as the headline act for the Last Night at the Proms. Lynn will obviously lead the UK fans in the VIP section.
But other news and rumours are bubbling this summer which will interest fans.
In a surprise turn of events in the on-going litigation between Donna Corbella and Tommy DeVito et al, “Plaintiff and DeVito have asked the Court to approve their stipulation for voluntary dismissal of Plaintiff's remaining claims against DeVito,”
This it appears is partly accepted by the other co-defendents although they are concerned as “since the Settlement Agreement appears to call for DeVito's cooperation with Plaintiff, .... their trial strategy may now change.”
The case will now proceed to trial with the remaining defendants having to win a jury decision against Corbello's(and presumably DeVito's) claim for breach of copyright. They could conceivably be called as witnesses. There may be a delay and whether this strengthens the plaintiff's case against Valli/Gaudio and others remains to be seen, but Donna had won the right to 50% of Tommy's JB earnings.
But from a fans perspective what it may herald is a joint decision by Donna and Tommy to publish the biography Rex Woodard wrote with Tommy back in 1990. A rumour recently was that Frankie Valli was working on his own bio?....Coincidence or competition?
And whilst the Four Seasons Motown Unreleased Campaign continues to gather membership, more than one reputable sources suggest that the salvaged versions of 50+ unreleased tracks in the Motown vaults could be made available for Bob Gaudio and Frankie Valli to assess if they wanted. They may just need to phone Vice President of Universal Motown Enterprises Harry Weinger and ask to hear them. Apparantly Harry has allowed this with other artists catalogues and so step one would be for Bob Gaudio to pick up the phone!!! We will continue to research and publish research re these 'unreleased' tracks into 2017 as our campaign for release continues.
And with news of a proposed 'Seasonal' album....'Tis The Seasons' supposedly coming out from Rhino confusion abounds. We hear this is not Frankie Valli with his current stage backing group nor is it the 'Christmas' album he was reputed to have recorded with Charlie Calello 2 years ago and was shelved. So we all wait with baited breath!!!.
With lots to happen this fall a new marketing strategy for the Four Seasons Partnership is clearly needed and new and old and written material looks like being on the agenda for 2017.
Is this the 'post' Jersey Boys era we see emerging.
More when we have it.