Tommy was the guitarist throughout the original groups history, until he was asked to leave and his share of the group purchased by Frankie Valli and Bob Guadio.
Nick Massi was the main bass player and bass singer for the group.
Charley Calleo, was the also a bass player with the group when Massi was not around. Calleo became the groups musical arranger and deserves a lot of credit for a wonderful job. He stepped in again to play bass shortly after Nick Massi quit.
Joe Long was the Season's final bass player. He can be distinguished by his excellent left-handed technique on the bass guitar.
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his Fender Precision Bass with the stacked knobs and Tommy DeVito is now playing a Danelectro Coral guitar.
1964 movie The Beach Ball shows Nick Massi back in the group, but he is playing a fake Fender Precision bass guitar. Judging from the headstock and close ups of the instrument you can tell it is not a Fender. Tommy DeVito is playing a cheap blue Asian guitar; possibly a Teisco.
Perhaps to the Seasons credit these were props from the movie.
Joe Long playing an Ampeg bass on a TV show and Tommy DeVito playing a white Fender Jaguar.
Gibson Titan III guitar amplifier, which had a 65 watt head matched to a separate cabinet that contained one 15” speaker and two 10” speakers.
Gibson Atlas IV. It had 2 – 6L6GC tubes, so I estimate it at around 40 watts. The speaker contained one 15” model.
I assume this was an obvious plug by Gibson as I can find no other videos of the Seasons visibly playing through amplifiers.
Ampeg bass guitar and Tommy DeVito playing his white Fender Jaguar.
Hagstrom F400 bass, which in my opinion is an underrated bass guitar.
If you are unfamiliar with the story of the Jersey Boys, it centers around Tommy DeVito’s connection with the mob and how he got in way over his head with a loan shark. By his own admission, DeVito spent some time in prison.
Subsequently once DeVito and Massi left there are no further videos or still photos of the original group and their guitars.
The Wonder Who and the Valli Boys.
The Genuine Imitation Life Gazette the group left the Phillips Record label to go with Motown. They recorded under the MoWest label but the relationship was not at all solid. There venture with Motown may account for The Spinners version of Working My Way Back To You which became a hit.
My Eyes Adored You for $4000. Of course this became one of Valli and Guadio's best loved songs.
drummer and singer Gerry Polci and bass player Don Ciccone, who had a hit song with a group called The Critters. John Paiva was the guitarist.