When Frankie Valli Gave Me Advice On Men
By Barbara Ann Woronko Anzalone
Throughout their 90-year history, the world-famous Rockettes have shared the stage—and unforgettable adventures—with many other world-famous personalities. They have appeared at such iconic events as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Super Bowl and on TV shows like America’s Got Talent and Night of 100 Stars. The Rockettes are taking a moment to reflect on their favorite stardust memories.
In the summer of 1961 (years before I was a Rockette!), I was crowned Miss Northeastern Pennsylvania Teenager at Ben Sterling’s Rocky Glen Amusement Park near Moosic, Penn. Because I was the first Miss Northeastern Pennsylvania Teenager the park ever had, Ben Sterling, owner of the park, treated me like “royalty”!
Every time a celebrity group was invited to perform at the park, he invited me to take part in the festivities, whether I introduced a group or just got to hang with them backstage.
Frankie Valli just happened to be acquaintances with Ben, and when Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons would play there, I was always invited backstage with my mom and got to know the “Sherry” singer quite well.
Every time I chatted or hung out with Frankie, I felt like he was “guarding” me—he was almost like a best friend who accompanies you to a concert and knows the group performing.
I remember this one time I told Frankie that I thought one of the older men was good-looking. His comment: “Stay away from him, he has a bad history. He would be the first to sell you down the river. You are too sweet for this kind of nonsense.”
Frankie was the sweetest and was always more interested in the people around him than he was in himself. I will always cherish our “brother-sister” relationship.