Robert Wiener, staff writer at New Jersey Jewish News, has a terrific article with songwriter Sandy Linzer, a songwriter who co-wrote four of The Four Seasons’ big hits in the 1960s. Here’s a sneak peak below:
Sandy Linzer, who was raised on the border of Hillside and Newark, was proud to be among the select few who wrote hit songs for Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.
“I am an independent songwriter and when it was time for The Four Seasons to record I submitted songs to them,” Linzer told NJJN. “Fortunately, they picked four of them that they really liked a lot.”
And as a Jersey boy, he was thrilled when those four songs — “Dawn (Go Away),” “Let’s Hang On,” “Working My Way Back to You,” and “Opus 17” (also known as “Don’t You Worry ‘bout Me”) — were included in the popular juke box musical, Jersey Boys, based on the quintet, which formed in 1961.
After a run of more than a decade—it opened in 2005—the Broadway show is scheduled to close Jan. 15.
“I thought the show was brilliant,” said Linzer, speaking by phone from his winter home in Boca Raton, Fla.
To read the entire article, which mentions his days back in the Brill Building, click HERE.