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September 15, 2014

Excerpt of Awesome @NYTObits on Bob Crewe

September 15th, 2014

The Four Seasons (L-R Joe Long, Bob Gaudio, Frankie Valli, Charles Calello {arranger} and Bob Crewe {producer} seated) listen to a playback in the studio on April 19, 1967 in New York City, New York. Photo: Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images

The New York Times posted a wonderful piece on the late Bob Crewe, highlighting his amazing career and reflecting on his talents and decades of success in the music business. Below is an excerpt:

With bright bells, ample strings and big, precise percussion, Mr. Crewe’s productions were crisp confections that gave little ground to the rougher rock that was on the rise in the 1960s. He wrote about innocent crushes, direct sexuality and heartache, his metaphors always accessible. Against the big melody of “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore),” which was first recorded by the Four Seasons but became a bigger hit for the Walker Brothers, he wrote in sad counterpoint:

Loneliness is the coat you wear,

A deep shade of blue is always there.

The sun ain’t gonna shine anymore.

The moon ain’t gonna rise in the sky

The tears are always clouding your eyes

When you’re without love.

Click HERE to read the entire piece.

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September 14, 2014

Want an Exclusive Concert from the Stars of Jersey Boys Las Vegas? Become an #NFHopeConcert VIP! @JeffLeibow

September 14th, 2014

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Want an exclusive concert from the stars of Jersey Boys? Become an #NFHopeConcert VIP.

If you become an NF Hope Concert VIP, you will be invited to a private reception, a concert from Jersey Boys Las Vegas cast members on the evening of Monday, September 29, and VIP seats at the 2014 NF Hope Concert on Sunday, October 19!

Click HERE to check out the NF Hope Facebook page with Jeff Leibow’s video invitation.

If you’re interested in the VIP invitation, please send the organizers a note at this link: http://nfhope.org/contact.html,

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September 13, 2014

Bob Crewe Photo Flashback #BobCreweDay

September 13th, 2014

Since the announcement of Bob Crewe’s passing, journalists, pop music critics, colleagues, musicians, and fans have posted so many wonderful tributes honoring his legacy.

On tonight’s NBC News, as Brian Williams announced the sad news that Crewe was no longer with us, I couldn’t help but notice his smile as he named several of the big hits that Crewe had written or produced (including hits for Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Oliver, and LaBelle). Williams then commented that Crewe made the world a better place!

There is really no better way to put it: Bob Crewe definitely made the world a better place with his brilliant contributions to the pop music world for nearly 60 years! The stars will continue to be in alignment every time a Crewe record is played and he will never be forgotten!

For each and every actor who is playing (or has played) Bob Crewe in JERSEY BOYS, thank you for bringing his life to the stage and for continuing to keep the memory of him alive for years to come!

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September 12, 2014

Video Flashback: Lady Marmalade by LaBelle & Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, & Pink #BobCreweDay

September 12th, 2014

Bob Crewe’s hitmaking streak continued for so many decades. In 1974, with Kenny Nolan, he wrote “Lady Marmalade.” Recorded by Labelle, this song became notorious for its sexually provocative, New Orleans-inflected chorus, “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir?” and became a radio and dance club sensation. Labelle peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March, 1975. (The following week, the songwriting duo had another song top the charts–Frankie Valli’s “My Eyes Adored You”!)

“Lady Marmalade” was re-recorded by Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mýa, and Pink for the soundtrack of the 2001 film Moulin Rouge!, and this version remained at the #1 position in the U.S. for five weeks. It repeated the same chart position in the United Kingdom and Australia. Rolling Stone ranked “Lady Marmalade” as the 479th greatest song of all time.

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The Bob Crewe Foundation: Established in the Spirit of Giving Back #BobCreweDay

September 12th, 2014

Bob Crewe and his brother Daniel (Photo Credit: BobCrewFoundation.org)

The late Bob Crewe decided he wanted to do something to give back to the world which had been so bountiful to him. In 2009, he funded and launched The Bob Crewe Foundation. It was his hope that through this endeavor many young, talented and aspiring people may be helped toward such a career as he has enjoyed. In addition, he has long supported issues confronting the LGBT world and has made this a Foundation priority.

It was his wish that, among other things, the Trust provide support in the fields of fine arts and music by empowering aspiring artists and underserved youth to pursue, develop and realize their talents and goals. The Trust is directed to support various organizations which nurture and support young people by funding fellowships, scholarships and training and mentoring programs in the areas of fine arts and music.

Visit BobCreweFoundation.org to learn more about the foundation, to apply for grants, and to support the organization.

Contact Information:
The Bob Crewe Foundation
PO Box 6112
Falmouth, ME 04105
[email protected]

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Jersey Boys Curtain Speech Honoring Bob Crewe by Rick Elice #BobCreweDay

September 12th, 2014

Last night, JERSEY BOYS companies around the globe presented their audiences with a curtain speech in honor of Bob Crewe, written by the awesome co-author of JB, Rick Elice:

Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you for coming to the show tonight. We had some news today, some sad news. Bob Crewe, the lyricist and producer of so many of the Four Seasons original hits, the man that Frankie, Bob Gaudio, Tommy and Nick referred to as The FIFTH Season, passed away this morning.

Bob Crewe was a music industry icon in the 50s, 60s and 70s – three decades, and that’s no small accomplishment.

Ten years ago, he became part of the Jersey Boys family, when the show was originally created in Southern California and a year later on Broadway. He was never happier, Crewe said, then when he stood right here, on this stage, on opening night, and took a bow.

Jersey Boys brought Crewe great joy, and he brought great joy to us. He’ll always be part of the Jersey Boys family, and like the little man with the big heart always says: “Family is everything.”

Take another bow, Bob Crewe. And feel the love.

Beautiful words, Rick, for the guy with “the best ears in the business.”

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Video Flashback: Silhouettes by The Rays #BobCreweDay

September 12th, 2014

How did the great late ’50s hit “Silhouettes” come about? According Behind The Hits:Inside Stories of Classic Pop and Rock and Roll in May 1957, songwriter Bob Crewe saw a couple embracing through a windowshade as he passed on a train. He quickly set about turning the image into a song. Frank Slay, who owned the small Philadelphia record label XYZ with Crewe, added lyrics, and they soon had a complete song ready to record.

“Silhouettes” peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Bob Crewe became a hitmaking machine for the next three decades.

Click HERE for more information on Bob Crewe’s amazing career and song catalog.

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Preview of Charles Alexander’s Insightful Tribute to Bob Crewe in The Huffington Post #BobCreweDay

September 12th, 2014

Charles Alexander has written a wonderful tribute to the late Bob Crewe in The Huffington Post. Below is a preview:

“I’m hearing it in sky blue. You’re giving me brown.” So says a real-life character named Bob Crewe in the play and movie Jersey Boys. He’s producing a recording of the song “Trance” by Billy Dixon and the Topics, and he’s complaining that the group is just not singing it right. At the end of the scene the singers stomp out in disgust, but over the next decade (the 1960s) they took Crewe’s advice more often than not. You see, one of the “Topics” was a little guy named Frankie Valli and under Crewe’s tutelage the group achieved megastardom as the Four Seasons.

Crewe, one of the most successful songwriters and producers in pop-music history, died on Thursday at 82 after a long illness. It’s a personal loss for me, because I got to know Crewe a bit when I helped produce and write liner notes for a box set of Four Seasons’ hits in 2007.

Raised in Belleville, NJ, right outside Newark, Bob Crewe was just as much a scrappy Jersey boy as the four original Seasons — Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi — even if, by the time the Seasons came his way, he was already enough of a big-deal record producer to have moved to plush digs on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. With his gift for catchy lyrics, Crewe teamed up with composer Gaudio to form one of the best songwriting duos ever — at least on par with Goffin and King and not all that far behind Lennon and McCartney. The Four Seasons and the Beach Boys were the only two American groups from the early ’60s to survive and thrive even after the British invasion. Together Crewe and Gaudio wrote “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” “Silence is Golden,” “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore)” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” among many other hits.

Click HERE to read the entire article.

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It’s Bob Crewe Day on JBB! Video: Crewe Performing ‘Water Boy’ on ‘The Jack Spector Show’ in 1959!

September 12th, 2014

Bob Crewe’s colleagues, JERSEY BOYS castmates, and so many fans have posted beautiful tributes to the extraordinarily talented Bob Crewe. Today, we would like to pay tribute to Mr. Crewe’s legacy by declaring it as “Bob Crewe Day” on Jersey Boys Blog. We will be posting unique recordings, tidbits, and insights about the hitmaking genius and his work.

In addition to the late Bob Crewe’s song writing and record producing talents, he also was a solo recording artist. Enjoy a flashback from 1959 on “The Jack Spector Show with Crewe singing “Water Boy.”

Rest in peace, Mr. Crewe!

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Touching Statement by Bob Gaudio & Frankie Valli (@frankievalli) on the Loss of Bob Crewe

September 12th, 2014

Frankie Valli, Bob Crewe, Tommy DeVito, and Bob Gaudio on JERSEY BOYS opening night festivities in Las Vegas, 2008.

Frankie Valli, Bob Crewe, Tommy DeVito, and Bob Gaudio at JERSEY BOYS opening night festivities in Las Vegas, 2008.


Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio have issued a very touching statement on the loss of their friend and colleague Bob Crewe:
For Immediate Release

Statement by Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio on the Passing of #BobCrewe:

It is a sad day for not only for us but also for everyone who was touched by a man who created his legacy by doing just that … touching people’s hearts. Bob Crewe’s lyrics have meant so much, to so many, for so long, it is hard to imagine they will ever be forgotten. Bob had a way about him in life as he did in the studio, a charismatic personality, an ability to draw the best out of everyone and a limitless joy of music, art and life. The years that we spent creating music were amazing. We learned together and grew together as artists. We will never forget Bob Crewe our partner…our brother, in music and our good friend in life.

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September 11, 2014

Sad News from the Music World: Legendary Hitmaker Bob Crewe Has Passed Away

September 11th, 2014

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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.

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September 9, 2014

Listen to Musical Genius Bob Gaudio’s Interview on NPR!

September 9th, 2014

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Bob Gaudio (Photo Credit: J.T. Macmillan Photography)

NPR has posted a terrific interivew with musical genius Bob Gaudio! Click HERE to listen.

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September 8, 2014

Jersey Boys Hits Cinemas in Denmark on 9/25 & in Japan on 9/27! #JerseyBoysMovie

September 8th, 2014

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Later this month, JERSEY BOYS movie will open in Denmark on 9/25 & in Japan on 9/27!

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September 4, 2014

Throwback Thursday: The 4 Seasons Present Frankie Valli Solo Album Cover, 1967 #tbt

September 4th, 2014

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Wasn’t this a cool album cover from back in the day, June 1967?! “The 4 Seasons Present Frankie Valli Solo” was Valli’s debut solo album with a number of his single releases and a few new recordings. The LP peaked on the Billboard Album chart at #34 on the Philips label.

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Check Out the BroadwayWorld.com Feature on the Current Cast of Jersey Boys!

September 4th, 2014
The current JB Broadway Four Seasons: Matt Bogart, Ryan Molloy, Drew Gehling & Richard H. Blake (Photo Credit: BroadwayWorld.com)

The current JB Broadway Four Seasons: Matt Bogart, Ryan Molloy, Drew Gehling & Richard H. Blake (Photo Credit: BroadwayWorld.com)

BroadwayWorld.com is currently profiling the hits of the Great White Way and giving readers a chance to meet the current cast of Broadway’s JERSEY BOYS!

Click HERE to meet the actors who play The Four Seasons and all of their fantastic, multitalented castmates!

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August 29, 2014

Jersey Boys Movie DVD Release Date Set for November 11; Pre-Order Yours Now! #JerseyBoysMovie

August 29th, 2014

Exciting news to report: Jersey Boys Movie Arrives on Blu-Ray & DVD November 11! Click HERE to pre-order your copy now!

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August 28, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Three of the Four Seasons in the WCFL Studio, 1966!

August 28th, 2014

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Cool photo of Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio, and Frankie Valli having a blast in the Chicago studios of radio station WCFL (Courtesy: GILG website: http://gilgweb.com/home.html)!

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August 27, 2014

Jersey Boys With An X–Make That TRIPLE X!

August 27th, 2014

WOW! You know you’ve become a success when the porn studios produce a parody of your production! Check out a sneak peek of the scoop below:

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — X-Play announced that it has wrapped principle production of “Jersey Boys XXX the Porn Musical” scheduled for a late September release.

The musical comedy parody features singing, dancing and having sex amidst a backdrop of live concerts, rehearsal hall drama, recording studio intrigue and non-stop action. The producers said the film will span a full decade of hit songwriting and live performance complete with changing hair styles, wardrobe evolution and aggressive sex-loving groupies from 1965 to 1975.

“It’s a big production parody aimed at couples and porn fans that love music and sex,” director Will Ryder said, adding “This is not a gay movie contrary to what some have tweeted. We wanted to create something really fun and we did just that. I am so proud of my cast and crew.”
The film is described as a comedic parody of the 1960s music group Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons and their sexy groupies, which is the storyline for the successful Broadway musical “Jersey Boys.”

Ryder and co-producer Scott David have tapped a collection of popular starlets to play the horny women that circulate among the group back in the day offering up their sexual treats.

“Our movie begins in 1965 when the band was just starting their career searching for a record deal and we take the audience along with us on a fun ride that travels from the conservative early/mid1960s well into the bell bottom era of 1974 and 75,” Ryder said.

Any thoughts on the latest JERSEY BOYS news? One red flag I have with the upcoming release is this: The movie begins in 1965 “when the band was just starting their career”… So much for doing some research! By 1965, The Four Seasons already had four number one hits and a total of 18 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100!

Click HERE for all the details on JERSEY BOYS XXX!

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August 26, 2014

Midnight Special Collector’s Edition DVD Set Includes Performances & Interviews with Frankie Valli ! (@frankievalli)!

August 26th, 2014

Have you guys heard about the Midnight Special Collector’s Edition DVD set? It includes the greatest artists of the 1970s performing their hits on one of my favorite TV series of all time. This incredible edition includes performances & interviews with Original Jersey Boy Frankie Valli! Check out the details below:

Bring home the ’70s greatest artists performing their biggest hits LIVE on The Midnight Special.

The Midnight Special was the first of its kind. The most popular artists of the day, from rock, pop and soul, shared the stage performing their hits LIVE on late-night television – and right in your living room.

This collection contains almost ten hours of incredible performances, 130 songs, PLUS almost five hours of bonus features including brand-new interviews and exclusive featurettes highlighting the history and the legacy of this pioneering TV show. You also get a bonus disc featuring the best comedy from The Midnight Special including Steve Martin, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Billy Crystal and more. You’ll also receive a 32-page booklet featuring photos and stories about The Midnight Special. Everything comes packaged in a beautiful collector’s box.

For more info & to purchase, click HERE.

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