July 10, 2014

Bob Gaudio Chats with Examiner.com about #JerseyBoysMovie Soundtrack & ‘Audio with a G’ Recording!

July 10th, 2014

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

Jim Bessman of Examiner.com has a terrific interview with musical genius Bob Gaudio, who shares some amazing insights about two marvelous new musical recordings on the Rhino label: Jersey Boys: Music from the Motion Picture and Broadway Musical and Audio With a G: Sounds of a Jersey Boy – The Music of Bob Gaudio!

Below is a preview to this fascinating interview:

But with the huge success of the Jersey Boys musical, plus the need for a Jersey Boys movie soundtrack album, Gaudio put together a novel soundtrack set, Jersey Boys: Music from the Motion Picture and Broadway Musical (Rhino). The album features 25 tracks chosen by Gaudio, who juxtaposed Four Seasons recordings with those by cast members from both the film and Broadway musical.

“As it states upfront on the album cover, ‘Plus Original Recordings by Franki Valli & the Four Seasons,’” says Gaudio, “so it’s not quite the movie soundtrack. I hate to use the term ‘mix-up,’ but it’s a lot of that–not the soundtrack per se, but Jersey Boys in all its forms, starting from the beginning. And I thought it was a more interesting concept, since there was not enough material in the movie for me to use to make a complete soundtrack, so I pieced together my version of a soundtrack out of those three elements—the film, the Broadway show, and our original recordings–and had a great time doing it.”

Meanwhile, Rhino has also issued Audio With a G: Sounds of a Jersey Boy – The Music of Bob Gaudio“>Audio with a G: Sounds of a Jersey Boy–The Music of Bob Gaudio, a two-disc set of songs written by Gaudio and performed by The Four Seasons and other artists including the Royal Teens, of which he was a member and hit big in 1958 with his composition “Short Shorts,” which he wrote when he was 15.

Audio with a G was compiled by former Time editor Charles Alexander, who conceived the project in 2007.

“The only thing I had to do is sign my name on the cover!” says Gaudio. “The rest of the credit totally goes to Charles, for his tenacity, research and dedication. I told him, ‘You’re going to find a lot more than I know, and you already know a lot more than I know.”

Click HERE to read the entire interview.

Audio with a GAudio With A G: Sounds of A Jersey Boy, The Music of Bob Gaudio (2CD)


  1. Thank you so much, Susie. Your blog is the NUMBER ONE source of information about Audio With a G — and EVERYTHING Jersey Boys. Was at the play tonight with Pam Singer. The crowd was fantastic. It looks strong enough to run another 8 years! At least! You may be doing this blog till you’re 90 (which is lot more than 8 years). We’ll all be here with you. Love, Charles

    Comment by Charles Alexander — July 10, 2014 @ 11:19 pm

  2. You’re welcome, Charles…To quote Tommy, “It’s like my mission.”

    Great to hear about this week’s Jersey Boys crowd on Broadway!

    Yes, I hope to be like that bunny on TV with the battery, blogging about JB till I’m 90–chasing the music…!

    Comment by Susie, JB Blogger — July 12, 2014 @ 8:23 am

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