November 17, 2008

Happy Birthday Greetings to Bob Gaudio!

November 17th, 2008

Photo 9 by Walter McBride at; Photo 10 by Ben Strothmann at; Photos 11-12 by Linda Lenzi at

On November 17, 1942, Bob Gaudio, “the kid who plays like a madman–and he writes songs”–was born! We wish musical genius, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, Songwriters Hall of Fame member, and Grammy Award winner Bob Gaudio a very Happy 66th Birthday today!!

Meeting and talking with Bob Gaudio has definitely been one of the biggest honors and most exciting thrills for us since creating Jersey Boys Blog!! First, at last year’s BC/EFA’s Jersey Boys fan event, earlier this year at JB Vegas, and at intermission during our most recent trip to New York! Talk about some WOW! moments for a big Four Seasons fan!!

Happy Birthday and thank you to Bob Gaudio for creating the greatest music for five incredible decades–from “Short Shorts” to “Jersey Babys”!!


  1. Happy Birthday Mr. Gaudio! And Thank You :)

    Comment by Jody Cardillo — November 17, 2008 @ 10:38 am

  2. You’ve put it very well, Susie; and such great photos as well!

    You can’t play the whole thing down about Gaudio. This is the one… this is the guy! Some kid from outta nowhere who sings, plays, and writes songs! We’ve all hit the trifecta… beginning a mere 66 years ago. What can I say—he’s got a feel for this (success) stuff. (A brilliant script, by dual birthday boy Rick Elice, is just too good not to use at every turn :) )

    Thank you for always working to bring out your creative instincts and talents, Mr. Gaudio. Happy Birthday!

    Comment by Audrey — November 17, 2008 @ 12:41 pm

  3. Thank you Mr Gaudio for so many memories from the past and for opening your life so that we can re-visit the wonderful sounds of the “Four Seasons” with “Jersey Boys” Happy, happy Birthday!

    Comment by GLADYS MARLIN — November 17, 2008 @ 1:52 pm

  4. Happy Birthday Mr. Gaudio. I have enjoyed your musical creations since discovering the sound of Frankie Valli and The 4 Seasons some 35+ years ago. And being such a big fan for so many years, I find it absolutely astounding that I can still delight in hearing your music performed in a smash-hit Broadway show (five times and counting) and in concert by the one and only Mr. Valli, still belting out many of your great tunes from the soundtrack of our lives. (most recently at Western Connecticut State College, in Danbury, CT, with my wife, mom, brother and his wife, and his two children, ages 9 and 5). Wishing you a happy and healthy year ahead, with many more still to come.

    Comment by Len Gersten — November 17, 2008 @ 3:54 pm

  5. None of this could have happened without you, Mr. Gaudio! Thank you for bringing us the greatest music of our generation by my favorite group–the 4 Seasons and thank you for Jersey Boys! Happy Birthday and many happy returns to “Bobby Businessman”!

    Comment by Dave B. — November 17, 2008 @ 10:05 pm

  6. Happy Birthday Bob…All the Best…to the Best!

    Comment by NewJerseyLasagna — November 17, 2008 @ 10:07 pm

  7. Bob, everyone above stole all the great comments, so I’ll have to echo Dave B. above, “none of this would have happened without you.”

    With both Rick Elice and yourself celebrating today, we ought to dub November 17 as Jersey Boys Genius Day. Thanks for all you’ve given us.

    Comment by Howard Tucker — November 17, 2008 @ 10:52 pm

  8. Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you…hey, did you write this song? It seems like you’ve written every other number one song! And for that, Mr. Gaudio, we Four Seasons and Jersey Boys fans thank you very much! I met you three years ago on this very day, and every time I happen to see you at JB related events, you are so kind and gracious. I hope your special day this year and every year is filled with family, friends and music!

    Comment by LuluThompson — November 17, 2008 @ 11:21 pm

  9. Happy birthday, Bob. And thanks so much for everything from the Four Seasons to Jersey Boys.

    Comment by stubbleyou — November 17, 2008 @ 11:50 pm

  10. Happy Birthday Bob- Hope you have a great one, and the best year ever. When I see you again I’ll have another cigar for ya.Thank you for the best 3 years of Jersey Boys and the people you have unknowingly brought together. All the best

    Comment by Kathy J — November 18, 2008 @ 12:43 am

  11. Happy birthday, Bob. Hope it was wonderful, and wishing you many more. Thank you for everything you have given to all of us, through your amazing talent creativity, and graciousness. None of this could have happened without…you!!! xo, Pam

    PS. Love the old pictures here. You still look great!

    Comment by Pamela — November 18, 2008 @ 1:50 pm

  12. Happy Birthday, Mr. Gaudio!

    As a former Latin student, I have long been aware that the name “Gaudio” literally means “I Rejoice”. And with the long overdue recognition of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, plus all the awards and praise Jersey Boys has received, you certainly have a lot to rejoice about!

    And with all the entertainment you have given us over the years, we all have a lot to rejoice about!

    Comment by Ted Hammond — November 18, 2008 @ 1:57 pm

  13. Mr.gaudio a very happy birthday to you, the 4-seasons are one of the mainstays of my life, i am told i have the most seasons items in my store (yesterdays treasures) in the usa, and i am very proud to have named four seasons lane for the group this past june in union nj, i am hoping for the one year anniversery of the street we can have frankie, tommy and you there to unveil a monument (to the group) on the grounds of the old four seasons bowling lanes. i also recently was on wor (joey reynolds with danielle and bob massi and walt gollender and audrey rockman a couple weeks ago, it was a great nite for all of us to talk about keeping this music alive forever. thanks for the music bob and the best to you always, jim petrecca (yesterdays treasures union nj )

    Comment by jim petrecca — November 18, 2008 @ 9:14 pm

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