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Frankie Valli

By johnriley1uk  
The year was 1980 and we had been at the sound check. Frankie was experimenting with using a very long mike lead to come right out into the auditorium. He was also directing the band in the finer points of the timing for "I've Got You Under My Skin". In the performance that night he did indeed walk out right up the aisle to where we were sitting and sang part of a song to the young daughter of our friends. So, mad scrambling to get the camera in action, and this was shot from just a couple of feet away. I've had to do a lot of Photoshop restoration on this, but in the end quite a unique shot as I've never seen Frankie move into the audience like that in any other show. The camera was a Pentax MX, the lens the SMC Pentax-M 50mm f/1.7 and the film Kodak Tri-X.

Tags: Photo journalism Frankie Valli

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Daisymaye Plus
11 23 16 Canada
18 May 2020 12:38AM
How special is that! You've done a wonderful job of restoring this John.

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taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
18 May 2020 1:13AM
Good mono work--
It's a very good shot
But also a historical one ... a great piece of opportunistic photography
Deserves an award on both counts
Colin Smile

Super capture. Excellent light GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
mac Plus
18 6 Scotland
18 May 2020 10:22AM
It does give the feeling of a photograph taken at concert of the great man in action. Very good quality considering the difficulties you faced in getting anything at all, so well done!
Ian
Chinga Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
22 May 2020 1:25PM
A legend of a man... Excellent stage photography...
Good work. IsabelGrinGrin

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