On September 11, 2014, legendary composer/producer Bob Crewe passed away at the age of 83. Deejay Ronnie Allen has put together a fantastic four-part audio tribute to Crewe, which is available exclusively on the Jersey Girls Sing website. The tribute features contributions from more than three dozen music notables, two of whom are themselves no longer with us—Lesley Gore, who passed away on February 16 (exactly five months to the day of Ronnie’s interview with her, which took place on September 16, 2014), and Rod McKuen, who died on January 29. The names of all of the interviewees, among them Tony Orlando, Connie Francis, Denise Ferri of The Delicates (and Jersey Girls Sing), Ed Rambeau, Tommy DeVito of The Four Seasons, Ron Dante and Toni Wine of The Archies, and Dan Crewe (Bob’s brother), are listed on the tribute page.
For a preview of the first three minutes of the tribute, check out the YouTube video below:
Edit (24 March 2015): A Note From Ronnie
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind words about my Bob Crewe tribute show which I produced exclusively for the Jersey Girls Sing website. I’ve done many radio programs over the years and I must tell you that this was the most ambitious one that I have ever done. I am so appreciative of the 38 people who participated in this celebration of Bob’s career. And I should also add Bob himself as a 39th participant, because I used a few sound bites from my 2008 interview with him, also on the JGS website. Considering his body of work as a producer, songwriter, publisher and recording artist, I definitely feel that he should be considered for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. His incredible contributions will live on forever.