Legendary songwriter Bob Crewe, who co-wrote the Four Seasons’ hits Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and Walk Like a Man, has died at the age of 83.
Bob Crewe’s brother and former business partner, Dan Crewe, said the musician died on September 11 at a nursing home in Maine.
“He had a wonderful career and I’m sorry he has passed but I’m glad he’s out of his discomfort,” said Dan Crewe.
Bob Crewe suffered complications after a fall four years ago.
“He was not able to function, and for a guy who was so creative, it was not an easy life,” his brother added.
Bob Crewe grew up in New Jersey and began his music writing career in the 1950s after leaving an architecture course at the Parsons School of Design in New York.
Bob Crewe died on September 11 at a nursing home in Maine
By the time he met the Four Seasons Bob Crewe was established as a songwriter and produced their first number one hit Sherry.
The Four Seasons became renowned for lead singer Frankie Valli’s falsetto voice and Bob Crewe collaborated with their keyboardist and backing vocalist Bob Gaudio.
Together they wrote 1967’s Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, which went on to be covered by numerous artists and also featured in the films The Deer Hunter and Bridget Jones’s Diary.
The duo also wrote The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine for The Walker Brothers and Silence Is Golden for The Tremeloes.
Although Bob Crewe did much of his songwriting from the 50s to the 70s, he made a comeback with the Jersey Boys Broadway musical that depicted the story behind the Four Seasons.
There was also a film of the same name directed by Clint Eastwood and released earlier this year.
Both the film and the play featured a character called Bob Crewe, based on the songwriter.
During the 80s Bob Crewe took up painting and sculpture and is also a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
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According to new reports, Barbara Walters said at a party for her retirement from journalism that she isn’t ready to say goodbye for good.
“Who knows what the future brings?” the news legend asked in her speech.
Barbara Walters interviewed every president and first lady from Richard and Pat Nixon to Barack and Michelle Obama
“Maybe instead of goodbye I should say à bientôt – which in French means <<see you later>>.”
Barbara Walters, 84, spoke at an ABC News party celebrating her six decades in journalism, which included serving as the first woman to anchor a nightly news broadcast.
She said that her first night on the air was a mess. But she added that if she paved the way for other women, she was grateful.
Barbara Walters noted that she had interviewed every president and first lady from Richard and Pat Nixon to Barack and Michelle Obama.
The party, at the Four Seasons restaurant, found celebrities from Woody Allen to Joan Rivers to Michael Douglass milling with news luminaries like Ben Sherwood, the ABC News president.
Barbara Walters joked that she would finally have time to get Botox – and that she would no longer need it, now that is no longer on TV.
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Louise Clarke, founder of Top of the Pops dance troupe Pan’s People, has died aged 63.
Louise Clarke died from heart failure at Ipswich Hospital in Suffolk, UK, on Saturday with members of her family at her side, her publicist Philip Day said.
Pan’s People first appeared in 1968 and spent eight years as the resident dancers on the weekly music show.
Louise Clarke, founder of Top of the Pops dance troupe Pan's People, has died aged 63
Louise Clarke is the second member of the group to pass away. Flick Colby died at the age of 65 in May last year.
Philip Day, who has been a publicist for Pan’s People for more than 40 years, said Louise Clarke “was a lovely, lovely lady, she was a real darling”.
“Of all the clients I have had the good fortune to represent during all of those years, they were perhaps the most fun to work with, certainly the easiest to work with, were loyal to a fault and the very best at what they did.”
The group’s final appearance on Top of the Pops was in April 1976, when they danced to Silver Star by The Four Seasons.