A Handshake for All Seasons

Two entertainers keep a pact to split their profits -- forever

What do Frank Sinatra, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond, Miami Vice, Little Shop of Horrors and Nair hair-removal cream have in common? They have all generated earnings for an obscure Los Angeles company, the Four Seasons Partnership. Like many businesses in the entertainment field, the firm employs technicians, musicians and other professionals, but the heart of the company is a 25-year- old creative and financial partnership between two men -- Bob Gaudio and Frankie Valli -- that is highly unusual, if not unique, in the world of business. Gaudio, 46, is a composer, pianist, arranger and producer who has worked on records...

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