Bob Crewe, the writer-producer behind Frankie Valli‘s biggest hits, has died. He was 82.
The cause of his death was undisclosed, but Crewe has been in poor condition and was unable to attend the film premiere of “Jersey Boys” in June. The producer, who inspired the role played by Mike Doyle in the Clint Eastwood-direct film version of the Broadway musical, helped co-write hits such as “Rag Doll,” “Sherry Baby,” “Walk Like a Man,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.” His other hits include Patti Labelle’s “Lady Marmalade” and Mitch Ryder’s “Devil with Blue Dress On.”
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“Jersey Boys” opened on Broadway in 2005 and had two North American National Tours. The musical won four 2006 Tony Awards including Best Musical.
Crewe founded The Bob Crewe Foundation, which funds fellowships, scholarships, training and mentorships for aspiring young artists and musicians. It also supports AIDS research and promotes LGBT rights. Crewe is considered to be a role model in the gay community and in the music industry.