Songwriter and record producer Bob Crewe passed away yesterday. A cause of death has not been released. Some press accounts say Crewe was 82 while others say he was 83.
If you’re a fan of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons then you’re a fan of Bob Crewe. Along with Bob Gaudio, Crewe co-wrote some of The Four Seasons’ biggest hits – “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Walk Like a Man”, “Rag Doll” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”. “The Sun Doesn’t Shine (Anymore)” and “Silence is Golden” were two Crewe-Gaudio compositions originally recorded by The Four Seasons, but became big hits for The Walker Brothers and The Tremeloes, respectively.
Crewe would also collaborate with Sandy Linzer and Denny Rendell on another Four Seasons hit “Let’s Hang On”. In the mid-1970’s, Crewe and Kenny Nolan would write Frankie Valli’s solo hit “My Eyes Adored You” as well as “Lady Marmalade” for LaBelle which would later become a hit for Christina Aguliera.
Crewe also produced artists such as Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels (“Devil With a Blue Dress”) and Oliver (“Jean” and “Good Morning Starshine”). He also had his own group, The Bob Crewe Generation, which recorded instrumentals like “Music to Watch Girls By”.
But Crewe is most strongly associated with The Four Seasons and his work can be seen in the Broadway smash Jersey Boys which was recently adapted for the big screen by Clint Eastwood.
Here is a short interview Crewe did about five years ago in which he spoke about how the music industry has changed. This is followed by Crewe performing “Lady Marmalade”.
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