Friday, April 19, 2024

Bob Crewe, Hit Songwriter of Frankie Valli-Four Seasons Fame, Has Died at Age 82


Bob Crewe, the writer- producer along with Bob Gaudio of Frankie Valli’s biggest hits, is dead at age 82 according to reports from Los Angeles. Crewe had been ailing for some time had missed the premiere this past June of “Jersey Boys.” But he was a huge part of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ success, co-writing with Bob Gaudio all their huge hits like “Rag Doll,” “Sherry Baby,” “Walk Like a Man” and of course “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.” He also co-wrote Labelle’s famed “Lady Marmalade” and Mitch Ryder’s “Devil with Blue Dress On.” There should be some announcement tonight at “Jersey Boys” on Broadway. Bob Crewe was one of the giants of classic pop music.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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