Mid-century music fans mourn the loss of one of the 60s and 70s great songwriting talents.
The world of entertainment lost a luminary in Bob Crewe, with the Can’t Take My Eyes Off You songwriter’s death earlier this week. According to Reuters, Crewe’s brother broke the news of his death on Saturday.
RIP Bob Crewe; your music sounded fantastic during the run of "Jersey Boys" here. Thank you for sharing your talent. pic.twitter.com/8sQTDcz7eP— Commodore Theatre (@CommodoreTheatr) September 12, 2014
Crewe was the creative mind behind the success of 1960s rockers The Four Seasons. His catalogue includes hit songs like Walk Like A Man, Silhouettes, Big Girls Don’t Cry, My Eyes Adored You, Lady Marmalade and many more. He was a man of many talent and was also known as a singer, dancer and, record producer and fine artist.
Crewe, who grew up in Belleville, New Jersey, began writing music professionally in the 1950s after quitting the Parsons School of Design in New York where he had studied to become an architect. He met the future members of The Four Seasons in the early 60s, when he was already an established singer and model. 1962 saw him produce their first single, Sherry.
His brother and former business partner Dan Crewe explained that Bob died on Thursday at a nursing home in Scarborough. The cause of death has been put down as complications from a fall Crewe suffered years ago. Apparently the musician and songwriter had been in pain since the accident and his life had become increasingly tough since the accident.
A still from the 2014 Four Seasons movie Jersey Boys.
"He had a wonderful career and I'm sorry he has passed, but I'm glad he’s out of his discomfort," said Crewe. "He was not able to function, and for a guy who was so creative, it was not an easy life.”
Crewe wrote most of his hit songs between the 1950s and the 1970s, but he was reintroduced to audiences in recent years through the Jersey Boys Broadway musical, which retold the story of the Four Seasons for a modern audience.
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