Bob Crewe Generation


b. Stanley Robert Crewe, 12 November 1931, Newark, New Jersey, USA. Bob Crewe was an important songwriter and record producer during the 60s, best known for his work with the 4 Seasons. Among the classic pop songs with which he had a hand in writing were the 4 Seasons’ ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’, ‘Rag Doll’, ‘Bye Bye Baby’, ‘Let’s Hang On!’ and ‘Walk Like A Man’, Frankie Valli’s solo hits ‘My Eyes Adored You’, ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ and ‘Swearin’ To God’, Mitch Ryder’s ‘Sock It To Me, Baby’ Freddy Cannon’s ‘Tallahassee Lassie’, the Rays’ ‘Silhouettes’, the Walker Brothers’ ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’ and Diane Renay’s ‘Navy Blue’. Later, in the 70s he worked on Disco Tex And The Sex-O-Lettes’ ‘Get Dancin’’ and LaBelle’s ‘Lady Marmalade’. Crewe also owned the DynoVoice and Crewe record labels, production companies and music publishing firms. Crewe’s first music industry experience was as an aspiring vocalist in Detroit in the 50s. Unsuccessful, he moved to Philadelphia and co-ran XYZ Records, whose major hit was a song he co-wrote, the Rays’ ‘Silhouettes’. In the early 60s he began working with the 4 Seasons as writer and producer, helping to turn them into one of the most successful American groups of the decade. Although Crewe was not primarily a recording artist under his own name, he did chart with four singles. The first was a 1960 version of ‘The Whiffenpoof Song...

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