The UK fans have always been able to call on the friendship, help and support of Frank Rovello. Although we have always had independent web sites for UK and USA(GILG) fans since 1997ish we have never had to compete we just complemented each other and he did it all himself as did we. All Officially ‘Unofficial’. The Four Seasons have never appreciated what he did for them. Not really…..but it has been that way since the 70s as far as the fan base is concerned. It was 1997 back in the early days of the internet ’experience’ when I first corresponded with Frank Rovello. Frank wanted his data to be available to us and we were happy to return the complement.
He followed George Ingram’s Newsletters and contributed. We collaborated to get the CD set of The Adrian Baker Story compiled into ‘Harmony Gold’ and he mastered a few live show CD’s. He was always there for you………..always there to help verify a fact or a track and like us he always collected everything he could find and we were happy to add to his collection whenever we found any new ‘unreleased’ tracks and ‘live’ performances.
I got to meet up with him in 2007 when we had a ‘mini’ 4Seasons collectors get-together at the Roger Williams Hotel in NYC. He helped me compile the memories of the final Four Seasons show at Radio City before the now infamous ‘sackings’ for The Rise and Fall of The NEW Four Seasons e-book for our web sites with key photos of that performance. And like us he wanted the Motown Unreleased by Valli and The 4 Seasons to ‘escape’ from the vaults and now he never will. (nor may the rest of us until circa 2022-more re this in due course) He helped George Ingram and I with articles for the Newsletters tracking published articles through the years. Our UK fan club team hold fond memories of him.
George Ingram recalls…. “Frank did help me get two tickets for JB in NYC for Easter 2007 when the tickets were sold out. Apparently he managed to get Phil Ochs’s seats (don’t know how) because they were not being used at that time. Also he has been very helpful re releases, general information and related over the years. He will be sadly missed. I have dedicated newsletter no. 68 to him!”
Lyn Boleyn and Ray Nichol remember the convention he helped organize in Raleigh…..”What an absolute pleasure it was to meet Frank Rovello for the first time at the Four Seasons International Convention Weekend 24 – 26 October 2008, in Raleigh, North Carolina where the guests of honour were Joe Long and Demetri Callas. Our hosts were Frank Rovello, Johnny Hornsby, Russ McClelland and Charles Alexander who ensured that everything was just perfect for the whole weekend. Frank did a magnificent job on his web site covering the convention in his own unique and humorous way with not only photographs but audio footage as well. You can access this here: http://gilgweb.com/Raleigh.html Such very special memories of, as Joe Long described him “one of the good guys”; Demetri told us “he will be missed by many”. He was a gentleman, very kind and funny and he will certainly be missed by everyone whose lives he touched. A review of the convention can also be found here: http://www.seasonally.co.uk/News52.htm”
Ray recalls….”.I met him when I went to Raleigh and spoke to him for quite a while. You know we all have a degree of knowledge on the Seasons and Frank was quick to acknowledge this, I felt he was really into the music of the Seasons more than anything else as I gave him a piece of memorabilia which he appreciated and also a Motown double cd which(feat.The Night)was a freebie from the Daily Mail and that was most appreciated. He was an important part of the Season's email group and will be sadly missed by everyone.”
Well said all and thanks Frank for …..being there. Ken Charmer