Billboard #1 Hits: #86: “Walk Like A Man”- The Four Seasons. March 2, 1963. #1 for 3 weeks.
- Single: “Walk Like A Man”- The Four Seasons
- Record Company- Vee- Jay
- Genre: Pop
- Written by-Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio
- Time: 2:17
- B-side: “Lucky Ladybug”
- Album-Big Girls Don’t Cry and 12 Others…
- Grade: B-
- Peaked at #1 in US Hot 100 Pop Chart #3 in R&B chart and #12 in UK
While I still find Frankie Valli’s falsetto annoying- this their 3rd #1 in less than a year isn’t as annoying as “Sherry” or “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” I have an acquaintance whose favorite group is The Four Seasons. When he taught every year one day he’d bring in his Four Seasons albums- he had them all and try to indoctrinate the students. He didn’t like The Beatles- we would generally leave the subject alone. I knew why he hated The Beatles- it wasn’t their music as much as they arrived and The Four Seasons popularity faded as a result. I was in charge of the morning news- and for 15 minutes before the news began and the students were arriving etc- I would play music over the intercom. One day for him I even played a few Four Seasons songs- as painful as that was. “Walk Like A Man” was listed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.
I like the following story about the recording of “Walk Like A Man”- from wikipedia–
During the sessions that produced the hit recording, the fire department received an emergency call from the Abbey Victoria Hotel (the building that housed the Stea-Phillips Recording Studios). As producer Bob Crewe was insisting upon recording the perfect take, smoke and water started to seep into the studio; the room directly above the studio was on fire, but Crewe had blocked the studio door. He continued recording until a few firemen used their axes on the door and pulled Crewe out.