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Bob Gaudio

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Bob Gaudio (born 17 November 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer born in the Bronx, New York. He’s best known for his role in the popular group Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons as well as for being behind the critically acclaimed musical ’Jersey Boys’. He shot to musical fame at the mere age of 15 as a member of The Royal Teens, co-writing the novelty hit “Short Shorts”. Further success eluded him for several years until he met Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi, all of them from Newark, New Jersey.

Forming the group that became The Four Seasons, he found that he had finally hit the big time in a huge way. Gaudio played keyboards and wrote the Seasons’ first hit, titled “Sherry”, in 1962. Together with producer Bob Crewe, Gaudio wrote a string of subsequent hits for the Seasons, including “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Walk Like A Man”, “Ronnie”, “Save It For Me”, and “Bye Bye Baby”. He also helped create “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, which reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became a gold record (being the first big success under Valli’s name as a ‘solo artist’).

The four-piece band has influenced numerous other artists while being one of the most successful American and groups of the . Gaudio-Crewe compositions also became major hits for other artists, including The Tremeloes (“Silence Is Golden”) and The Walker Brothers (“The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore”). As the Four Seasons played on, though, Gaudio sought to branch out musically, and the group also faced tension between its members.

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  • LippyMee

    Bob definitely should have won a nobel prize hor his contribution to mankind <3

    7 May 2012 Reply

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