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Talk Like a Man: Frankie Valli

Terry Staunton, Record Collector, April 2008

A FAILED AUDITION for a gig as a lounge singer at a low-rent bowling alley in Union, New Jersey, might be the sort of experience aspiring musicians would want to forget. But for Frankie Valli, such a humiliating thumbs-down in his own back yard way back in 1961 has stayed in the memory, a charming anecdote of the rebirth of his group.

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