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Old 09-12-2014, 07:50 AM   #1
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R.I.P. Bob Crewe

For those of you who don't know who he is, he co-wrote and / or co-produced many of the 4Season's songs.

He also had a hit record of his own (with the Bob Crewe Generation),"Music To Watch Girls By".

He passed away yesterday at age 83.

While Jersey Boys has focused everyone's attention on Crewe's work as producer and co-chief songwriter of the Four Seasons, that's far from his whole story. Crewe had hits before he found the Seasons, he had hits with other artists while also working with the Seasons, and he had hits after he and Gaudio were no longer working much together. Among Crewe's other biggest acts were the Rays ("Silhouettes"), Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels ("Sock It to Me, Baby") and Oliver ("Good Morning Starshine"). Lesley Gore started her career with superstar producer Quincy Jones, but she is just as quick to praise Crewe, who produced her late-career hit "California Nights." In 1975 he co-wrote a No. 1 hit for LaBelle (Patti Labelle's group) called "Lady Marmalade," and in 2001, a new version of it from the Moulin Rouge! movie soundtrack took Crewe's song to No. 1 again.

1950s to the 1980s. Here is a selection of some of his many hits:

1957: “Silhouettes,” by the Rays
1962: “Sherry,” by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
1962: “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
1963: “Walk Like a Man,” by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
1964: “Dawn (Go Away),” by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
1964: “Rag Doll,” by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
1965: “Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby, Goodbye),” by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
1965: “Let’s Hang On!” by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
1965: “Jenny Take a Ride,” by Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels
1966: “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine,” by the Walker Brothers
1967: “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” by Frankie Valli
1969: “Good Morning, Starshine,” by Oliver
1974: “Lady Marmalade,” by Labelle

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