Joe Long, 79, Former Bassist for Four Seasons Dies of COVID-19 Complications
Joe Long, a former bassist and member of the Four Seasons, has passed away from COVID-19 complications. The talented musician was 79 years old.
Joe Long, a former member of the iconic band Four Seasons has died. Bandmate Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio confirmed the heartbreaking news in a statement that read:
“It is with great sadness that we learned that our dear bandmate, Joe Long, has passed away. We send our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and fans. We will miss Joe.”
Joe Long and Frankie Valli of The Four Seasons attend the 2018 New Jersey Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Asbury Park Convention Center on May 6, 2018. | Photo: Getty Images
Alongside the condolence message, Gaudio and Valli shared several photos of the late Long with other band members. According to reports, Long passed away at 79 on Wednesday, April 21, from COVID-19 complications.
Long became a part of the legendary rock band in 1965 after replacing former member Nicki Massi. He served as the bass guitarist for ten years, using his training from the New York Philharmonic to create wonderful music.
During his tenure, which ended in 1975, Long and his bandmates released several hit songs, including “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Sherry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” and “Opus 17 (Don’t You Worry About Me)."
Long’s death comes about six months after another Four Seasons member passed away.
After leaving four Seasons, Long went on to form two bands, a rock group named LaBracio and a Jersey Bounce jazz band. He remained an active member of the groups until his retirement.
Following the news of his death, several prominent figures have paid tributes to his impressive legacy. Mayor Chris Bollwage of Elizabeth, New Jersey, where Long lived most of his life, released a statement.
Bollwage expressed sadness at long’s loss and recalled honoring him in 2014 during a dedication ceremony on the street he grew up. He described the late singer “as an inspiration to all.”
Also, the official Twitter page of the Jersey Boys paid tribute to Long, sharing a throwback photo of him on stage and appreciating him for the gift of his music. They sent their well-wishes to his beloved family.
DeVito was the lead guitarist and baritone vocalist for the band until his exit in 1970. He reportedly passed in Nevada, Las Vegas, and was 92 years old at the time of his demise.