Tommy DeVito, guitarist and one of the founders of The Four Seasons, died. This was announced on his Facebook page by actor Alfred Nittoli.
“My dear friend Tommy died in Las Vegas <...> With deep regret, I write this while sitting in his living room. I was told by his daughter Dursel that there would be a service in New Jersey,” he wrote.
DeVito died on Monday, September 21, from complications caused by a coronavirus infection. He was 92 years old.
The musician was born June 19, 1928 in Belleville, New Jersey. He was the youngest of nine children in an Italian-American family. At eight, Tommy learned to play his older brother’s guitar while listening to country music on the radio, and then left school. At the age of 12 he started playing for tips in taverns. By the age of 16 he had his own R&B band.
He started his musical career in the 1960s, when with his brother Nick DeVito and Hank Maevski he organized The Variety Trio.
Later the singer Francis Castelluccio joined the band. The name was also changed to The Four Lovers and later to The Four Seasons. The band’s debut single You’re the Apple of My Eye, released in 1956, hit the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Among the hits of the band such songs as Big Girls Don’t Cry, Sherry and Walk Like a Man.