Bob Crew writer of LADY MARMALADE RIP

Discussion in 'News' started by Dennis, Sep 14, 2014.

  1. Dennis Dennis Shook

    REST IN PEACE, the writer of one of the most popular moments during her shows and the record that was way ahead of it's time has passed away butLady Marmalade will live on forever recorded by LABELLE

    Bob Crewe — the songwriter and producer behind dozens of hits, including standards like "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," which boosted Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons into pop posterity — died Thursday in Scarborough, Maine. He was 83.

    Songwriter-producer Bob Crewe co-wrote the hit "Lady Marmalade" for LaBelle in the '70s. (Los Angeles Times)
    With no formal music training, Crewe parlayed natural talents into a long and successful career, helping to advance the fortunes not only of Valli and the Four Seasons but also Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, Bobby Darin, Lesley Gore and Oliver.

    Most of Crewe's songwriting hits were in the 1960s, but the 1970s brought one of his last chart-toppers, the soul hit "Lady Marmalade" for Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash of the vocal group LaBelle. The song, written with Kenny Nolan, launched a sexually suggestive line — "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi (ce soir)? — into the vernacular of a generation.


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