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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 shot to musical fame at the age of 15 as a member of the Royal Teens when he co-wrote the hit “Short Shorts”. Further success eluded him for several years until he met Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi, all from Newark, New Jersey, forming the group that became the Four Seasons. Gaudio played keyboards and wrote the Seasons’ first hit, “Sherry”, in 1962. Together with producer Bob Crewe, Gaudio wrote a string of subsequent ’60s hits for the Seasons, including “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Ronnie,” “Save It For Me,” “Bye Bye Baby” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” (the first big success under Valli’s name as a “solo artist”). 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”).

With lyricist Jake Holmes, Gaudio sought to join the trend toward more socially conscious pop music by writing and producing the album “The Genuine Imitation Life Gazette”, released by the Four Seasons in January 1969. The album was a commercial failure and marked the end of the Four Seasons’ first period of success, but the album’s quirky newspaper-style cover influenced the covers of subsequent albums by Jefferson Airplane, Jethro Tull, and John Lennon. Appreciation of “The Genuine Imitation Life Gazette” has grown over the years, and it was released on CD (minus the newspaper cover) in the 1990s by Rhino Records in the U.

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  • LippyMee

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

    7 May 2012 Reply