Nick Massi

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Nick Massi
Birth nameNicholas E. Macioci
Born(1927-09-19)September 19, 1927
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
DiedDecember 24, 2000(2000-12-24) (aged 73)
West Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
GenresRock, pop
Instrument(s)Bass guitar, Vocals
Years active1950−1999

Nick Massi (born Nicholas E. Macioci, September 19, 1927 – December 24, 2000) was an American bass singer, songwriter, and bass guitarist for The Four Seasons.


Born in Newark, New Jersey, Nicholas "Massi" Macioci was first taught to play the bass fiddle by Newark native and musician Anthony Gaeta. As a bass singer, Massi had been playing with several bands before he joined The Four Lovers in 1958, including some groups that featured future Four Lovers and Four Seasons members Frankie Valli and Tommy DeVito. After the group evolved into the Four Seasons, they performed such hits as "Sherry," "Dawn (Go Away)," and "Rag Doll." He was responsible for most of the group's vocal arrangements. Massi left the Four Seasons in September 1965, and was replaced temporarily by Charles Calello who, in turn, was replaced by Joe Long.

Massi, Tommy DeVito, Frankie Valli, and Bob Gaudio—the original members of The Four Seasons—were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990[1] and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999.[2]

Massi died of cancer on December 24, 2000, at his home in West Orange, New Jersey.[3]


  1. ^ Rock and Roll Hall of Fame entry for "The Four Seasons".
  2. ^ Vocal Group Hall of Fame entry Archived October 24, 2007, at the Wayback Machine for "The Four Seasons".
  3. ^ "Nick Massi, Low Man in the Four Seasons, Dies at 73". The New York Times. Associated Press. January 8, 2001.

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