Co-founded The Four Seasons with Bob Crewe

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Bob Gaudio

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Songwriter, record producer, music supervisor for acclaimed films

Bob Gaudio is the quintessential music maker. In the late '50s, at the age of 15, he co-wrote his first hit, "Who Wears Short Shorts," for a group he started, The Royal Teens. He then went on to become, with Frankie Valli, a founding member of the supergroup, The Four Seasons. His song, "Sherry," in the early '60s, launched their incredible string of hits. At the time, he also began a productive and creative relationship with Bob Crewe, a teaming that produced an amazing run of hits for The Four Seasons, including "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Rag Doll," "Walk Like a Man," "Bye Bye Baby," "Silence Is Golden," and in 1967, Frankie Valli's classic, "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You."

Gaudio also produced and co-wrote with his wife, Judy Parker, "Who Loves You," for The Four Seasons and Billboard Magazine's longest-charting single (54 weeks), "December '63 (Oh, What a Night)." He has also enjoyed an enduring association with recording star and songwriter, Neil Diamond. He produced four of Diamond's albums and received an Emmy nomination for Best Sound Production for the star's TV special, "I'm Glad You're Here with Me Tonight," for which he also composed the title song. Two years later, he acted as producer of the Neil Diamond/Barbra Streisand duet recording, "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," for which he received a Grammy nomination.

In addition to The Four Seasons, Gaudio has been associated with many major names in the popular music industry. He co-wrote and produced the Watertown album for Frank Sinatra and has produced albums with Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Roberta Flack, Barry Manilow, Peabo Bryson and The Beach Boys, to cite just a few. His songs have been recorded by The Bay City Rollers, The Tremeloes and The Walker Brothers.

Gaudio is also a prolific musical contributor to motion picture and television productions. He produced the music for the Warner-Geffen long-standing film favorite, "Little Shop of Horrors" and Neil Diamond's "The Jazz Singer," a multi-platinum soundtrack album. His work as a songwriter, producer and music supervisor has been spotlighted in an impressive group of movie and TV productions, including "The Deer Hunter," "China Beach," "Dirty Dancing," "Good Fellas," "Hearts and Souls," "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Wild Palms," "The Doctors," "Hollywood Nights" and many others. In the 1990’s, Gaudio composed the music for a musical based on the hit motion picture, "Peggy Sue Got Married."

Wrote "December '63 (Oh, What a Night)" on Billboard charts for 54 weeks

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Discography:

BMI Database (www.bmi.com)

Top Pop Singles:1955-1999.
Whitburn, Joel.
Record Research, Inc. 1999.


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