Tommy DeVito – one of the original members of the legendary doo-wop group The Four Seasons – has died of coronavirus.
“Casino” actor Alfredo Nittoli confirmed the news on Tuesday in a Facebook post, saying Tommy died Monday night in a hospital near Vegas, where he was recently admitted under a contract with COVID-19.
Nittoli says Tommy’s daughter Darcel, informed him of Tommy’s death and said there would be a service soon in his native New Jersey.
DeVito was with one of the founding members of The Four Seasons Frankie Valli, his brother, Nick, and Hank Majewski. Before the Seasons, they were originally known as the Variety Trio, but evolved after the addition of Frankie to The Variatones and later became the Four Lovers before finally settling on the Four Seasons. Obviously the last one was stuck.
The group experienced many dropouts in their early days – but after some members dropped and others added (leaving Frankie and Tommy as part of the core) the Four Seasons eventually found success with their single “Sherry” and later … ” Big Girls Don’t Cry, “” Dawn, “” Walk Like a Man “and many others.
The Four Seasons produced hit after hit in the 60s and went from head to toe with the Beach Boys to the songs that topped the charts in their respective genres at the time. Tommy stayed with the group until 1970.
Of course, the four seasons and their history were anchored in the history of pop culture with the play “Jersey Boys” and then … Along with other members of TFS, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.