Happy Birthday Bob Gaudio of the Four Seasons
Happy 73rd Birthday to Bob Gaudio. The Four Seasons really started when Frankie Valli shook hands with Bob Gaudio in 1960. Together with Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi they became what would later be known on Broadway as The Jersey Boys. In fact it was Gaudio who had the idea on the stage show.
Sometimes greatness doesn’t hesitate. Gaudio wrote their first #1 hit, “Sherry” just 15 minutes before a group rehearsal in 1962. Together with producer Bob Crewe the pair were very prolific creating hits like “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Walk Like a Man”, “Dawn (Go Away)”,””Rag Doll”, “Save It for Me”, “Bye Bye Baby”, “Girl Come Running”, and the Valli’s solo hit “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” just to name a few.
Gaudio tells an interesting tale about their 1964 #1 hits “Rag Doll.” On the way to a recording session his car was stopped at a traffic light in Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan when this scruffy little girl asked to wash his windows for some change. Looking in his pocket all Gaudio had was a $10 bill. Can you imagine her reaction when he handed it to he? $10 in 1964! That song was all about her.
The four Seasons resurgence happened In 1975 when Gaudio wrote “Who Loves You” and “December 1963 (Oh, What A Night)” with his future wife Judy Parker.
“Jersey Boys,” the hit musical about the 1960s singing group The Four Seasons, is marking its 10th year on Broadway. To celebrate the occasion, the group’s real-life leader, Franike Valli and its main songwriter Bob Gaudio, join KLG and Hoda to talk about the impact the show has had on their lives. click below
With some of the Jersey Boys cast. Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio in the middle