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Four Seasons founder Tommy DeVito dies of the corona virus at the age of 92

Four Seasons founder Tommy DeVito, known for the songs Walk Like A Man and Big Girls Don’t Cry, dies of the corona virus at the age of 92

  • DeVito has died at the age of 92 from complications from the corona virus
  • The singer died in Las Vegas on Monday night with family and friends in the area
  • He was best known for being one of the founders of the Four Seasons
  • DeVito was behind the hits Walk Like A Man, Sherry and Big Girls Don’t Cry
  • The New Jersey musician served as a baritone singer and lead guitarist

Tommy DeVito has died at the age of 92 from complications from the corona virus.

The news was shared by his actor friend Alfred Nittoli, who said the artist passed away in Las Vegas on Monday night. He added that there will be a service in Tommy’s native New Jersey.

The veteran musician was best known as one of the founders of the Four Seasons, which flourished in the 1960s and 1970s with hit songs like Walk Like A Man, Sherry and Big Girls Don’t Cry. DeVito served as a baritone singer and lead guitarist.

Sad loss to music: Tommy DeVito has died at the age of 92 from complications from the corona virus. Seen here at the 2006 Tony Awards

Sad loss to music: Tommy DeVito has died of complications from the corona virus at the age of 92. Seen here at the 2006 Tony Awards

Nittoli’s note read, “My best friend Tommy passed away at 9:45 am in Las Vegas last night.

‘It is with great regret that I write this sitting in his living room. I was told by his daughter Darcel that there will be a service in New Jersey. ‘

The star had died of complications from the coronavirus. according to NJ.com. COVID-19 has claimed more than 200,000 lives in the US alone.

It was also reported that the singer was only hospitalized ‘recently’ after contracting COVID-19.

The Magic Four: (LR) Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Nick Massi and Tommy from The Four Seasons at the Democratic National Convention in August 1964 in Atlantic City, New Jersey

The Magic Four: (LR) Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Nick Massi and Tommy from The Four Seasons at the Democratic National Convention in August 1964 in Atlantic City, New Jersey

The Magic Four: (LR) Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Nick Massi and Tommy from The Four Seasons at the Democratic National Convention in August 1964 in Atlantic City, New Jersey

Bobby Valli, brother of Four Seasons frontman Frankie Valli, also took to social media to comment on the star’s passing.

‘MUSIC LEGEND! (ORIGINAL JERSEY BOY) TOMMY DEVITO (RIP), ‘wrote Valli. “YOU WERE LOVED AND WILL BE MISSED.”

Tommy grew up in an Italian-American family in Belleville, New Jersey and started playing music at an early age.

At the age of eight he learned to play the guitar and at the age of 12 he played music for tips in taverns.

He became friends with Frankie Valli, who was also from New Jersey, and they founded The Four Lovers in 1956.

From lovers to seasons, he became friends with Frankie Valli, who was also from New Jersey, and they founded The Four Lovers in 1956. In 1960 they changed their name to The Four Seasons

From lovers to seasons, he became friends with Frankie Valli, who was also from New Jersey, and they founded The Four Lovers in 1956. In 1960 they changed their name to The Four Seasons

From lovers to seasons, he became friends with Frankie Valli, who was also from New Jersey, and they founded The Four Lovers in 1956. In 1960 they changed their name to The Four Seasons

Their debut single, You’re the Apple of My Eye by Otis Blackwell, did well on the charts and that same year, The Four Lovers appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.

In 1960 they changed their name to The Four Seasons. Their first big hit was Sherry and then came out with the December 1963 doo-wop hits (Oh, What a Night), and Big Girls Don’t Cry.

Another big hit was Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.

DeVito left the group in 1971 citing a hearing problem, but it was later reported that he had been bought out because the band felt he was too much of a problem due to his tax problems and gambling debts.

Hot act: Their first big hit was Sherry and then they came out with the doo-wop hits of December 1963 (Oh, What a Night) and Big Girls Don't Cry. Seen in 1966

Hot act: Their first big hit was Sherry and then they came out with the doo-wop hits of December 1963 (Oh, What a Night) and Big Girls Don't Cry. Seen in 1966

Hot act: Their first big hit was Sherry and then they came out with the doo-wop hits of December 1963 (Oh, What a Night) and Big Girls Don’t Cry. Seen in 1966

Tommy continued to perform, however, releasing an instrumental solo album in 2007.

Although DeVito had left the group in 1971, he was with the remaining Four Seasons players when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

In 2005 their band inspired the Broadway musical Jersey Boys, which then became a movie in 2014 with Clint Eastwood as the director.

The Four Seasons are one of the best-selling music groups of all time, with an estimated 100 million records worldwide.

With his buddies: Tommy with Joe Pesci, Frankie Valli and Charlie Calello in 2005

With his buddies: Tommy with Joe Pesci, Frankie Valli and Charlie Calello in 2005

With his buddies: Tommy with Joe Pesci, Frankie Valli and Charlie Calello in 2005

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