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Interview with The Four Seasons’ Lee Shapiro

Warren recently invited Lee Shapiro for a chat on the Saturday Afternoon Original Solid Gold Weekend.  Lee was one of the band members of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.

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Lee Shapiro is a music producer, arranger, and musician who has been involved in the New York music scene for over three decades. After Frankie Valli’s road manager saw him perform at a club in New Jersey, Lee became one of Frankie Valli’s celebrated Four Seasons as both an arranger and on keys. He toured the world with the band, performing classic hits and acting as the musical director and arranger on others including “Oh, What A Night” and “Who Loves You.” These experiences gave Lee the vehicle to meet and collaborate with a wide variety of stars including touring with Tommy James as one of the Shondells, co-producing the score to “Copacabana the Musical” with Barry Manilow, and collaborating with true music icons such as Bob Gaudio, Charlie Calello, Jimmy and Jerry Vivino, Paul Schaffer, and Will Lee. After retiring from The Four Seasons, Lee went on to form Lee Shapiro Music, a creative company providing music for advertising and the media. The multi-talented Lee, who is the inventor of Rock N Roll Elmo for Fisher Price, has also had his inventions sold on QVC.

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Photo: Denise Truscello

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