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As we wave our lit cel phones above our heads, we might send tuneful birthday greetings to Robert John “Bob” Gaudio; he was born on this date in 1942.  Gaudio first tasted fame when, at age 15, he wrote “Short Shorts” for his band The Royal Teens (which also featured Al Kooper); the single hit #3 on the U.S. pop charts.  But the Royal Teens drifted apart, and Gaudio joined Frankie Valli and the Four Lovers… which, in 1960, became The Four Seasons.  Gaudio was the the group’s primary songwriter, their keyboardist, and back-up vocalist; he wrote the group’s first hit “Sherry,” and scores of others, including including “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Dawn (Go Away),” “Ronnie,” “Rag Doll,” “Save It for Me,” “Big Man in Town,” “Bye Bye Baby,” “Girl Come Running,” “Beggin’,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”

Gaudio also wrote for other groups (e.g., The Tremeloes and The Walker Brothers) and produced many other acts (notably, Nancy Sinatra, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Barry Manilow, Eric Carmen, Peabo Bryson, Neil Diamond, and Roberta Flack); and he has written musicals (Peggy Sue Got Married and the autobiographical Jersey Boys).  Gaudio has won Grammys, Tonys, and been inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame… and throughout his post-Four Seasons success, Gaudio has honored the handshake deal that he made in 1960 with Frankie Valli (who went on to a successful solo career), under which they split their earnings with each other.





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November 17, 2012 at 1:01 am

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