It is with sadness that Jersey Boys Blog has to share the news to our readers that Bob Crewe, legendary songwriter and producer, known as the “Fifth Season” has passed away.
The news was first reported on FrontiersLA.com:
Music legend Bob Crewe died Thursday, surrounded by family and friends, according to several reports from his friends on Facebook. He was 82.
Bob Crewe did it all—an actor, fine arts painter, singer, dancer, producer—but he was perhaps best known for producing and co-writing hit songs, including a long list of Top 10 singles for Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons such as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man” and “My Eyes Adored You.” Those were also the days of sweet innuendo, so only the gays would know that the sweet and seductive “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” is from a male-to-male point of view.
Crewe also co-wrote the cheeky “Lady Marmalade” with Kenny Nolan for Patti LaBelle. And, in an amusing twist for a gay man, his The Bob Crewe Generation wrote “Music to Watch Girls By” and the soundtrack for the 1968 Jane Fonda cult film Barbarella, directed by Roger Vadim.
Under his own label DynoVoice, Crewe managed and produced Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, which secured 11 Top 100 hits, including “Devil with a Blue Dress On.” Crewe was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 1985.
But his talent wasn’t limited to music. He was also an artist, designing a number of album covers and having one-man gallery shows of his paintings, including in Los Angeles.
In 2005, Crewe played a supporting character in the multiple-Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Jersey Boys, based on the story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, for which he was credited as lyricist.
Mr. Crewe, thank you for sharing your songwriting and hitmaking talents with the world for so many decades–your music will live on forever!
Our hearts and prayers go out to Bob Crewe’s family, friends, castmates & colleagues, and his many fans.