October 20, 2012
John Tlumacki/ Globe Staff
Popular 1950s and '60s pop singer Little Joe Cook sings his famous song, "Peanuts," in his basement studio.
The cover of Little Joe Cook's 1957 gold record is hanging in his basement studio.
Cook started singing in church with his mother Annie Bell, a well-known regional blues singer.
Cook is credited with starting the falsetto sound that inspired Frankie Valli, who, with the Four Seasons, covered Cook's hit "Peanuts."
On Saturday night, fans, friends, and family will pay tribute to Cook in an early 90th-birthday celebration.