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Bob Crewe, songwriter for Frankie Valli, dies at age of 83

By AP Reporter

Bob Crewe, co-writer of Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You, Big Girls Don't Cry and many other pop hits, has died. He was 83.

Crewe's brother, Dan Crewe, said the producer, songwriter and Jersey Boys lyricist died on September 11 in Scarborough, Maine.

New Jersey-born Crewe co-wrote a number of memorable hits before helping put together The Four Seasons and also meeting future collaborator Bob Gaudio.

Songs written by the two helped The Four Seasons define an era in music with hits like Walk Like A Man, Rag Doll, and Frankie Valli's solo hit Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You.

Crewe was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992.

"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.

He had 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.

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