The honeyed voice that urged America to reach for the stars for decades has been silenced.
Casey Kasem, the legendary radio DJ whose syndicated radio show was the most popular radio program in history, passed away Sunday — Father’s Day — in a Santa Monica hospice after a battle with Lewy Body dementia. He was 82.
One day last fall, on the Jersey Boys location shoot, music legend Frankie Valli found himself at his childhood home, revisiting his humble beginnings in the projects of Newark. “I was sitting on the stoop where I lived with my mom,” he recalls now, his eyes welling up with tears. “It was very emotional. I grew up beyond proud—we didn’t have much, but we had a lot of love.” Valli shared the moment with actor John Lloyd Young, who plays him in the hit-filled movie in theaters June 20 about the Four Seasons’ rise, fall, and rise again to fame over four decades. “He regaled me with stories of his youth,” says Young, who also originated the role in the stage show, which has been going strong on Broadway since 2005 and in touring productions. “I have Italian working-class heritage, too, the same kind of American dream story. Frankie just seemed awestruck. It was all coming full circle for him.”