|Single by The Four Seasons|
|from the album Rag Doll|
|B-side||"Silence Is Golden" (from the album Born to Wander)|
|Genre||Power pop, pop rock|
|Songwriter(s)|| Bob Crewe |
|The Four Seasons singles chronology|
"Rag Doll" is a popular song written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio. It was recorded by the Four Seasons and released as a single in 1964.
According to songwriter Bob Gaudio, the recording was inspired by one of the homeless people cleaning windshields. At stop lights in the Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan neighborhood, children would run into the street and clean windshields for spare change, including one young girl with a dirty face and wearing ragged clothes who approached his automobile. When Gaudio reached into his wallet to pay her, he found that none of the notes were smaller than $10. He gave the girl a ten-dollar bill. (Some accounts indicate that it was a five-dollar bill.)"The image of her stuck in my head until I wrote 'Rag Doll'", Gaudio recalled in a 2009 interview.
Billboard described the song as a "sentimental slow dance ballad."In 1989, critic Dave Marsh ranked "Rag Doll" at No. 401 on his list compiled in the book The Heart of Rock and Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made, being one of five songs by the Four Seasons listed in the book. In 1997, Mojo also listed the song as one of the 'Bubbling Under' singles in its list of 'The 100 Greatest Singles Of All Time'.
In 2010, radio station WCBS-FM in New York City ranked the Four Seasons' "Rag Doll" as the number-one song of all time, as voted on by its listeners.
The B-side was the original version of "Silence Is Golden", also written by Crewe and Gaudio. In 1967, that song was covered by the English band the Tremeloes and peaked at number 1 on the UK Singles Chart and number 11 on the US charts.
"Rag Doll" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on July 18, 1964, and remained on top for two weeks.The song was also a number one hit in Canada, and reached number two in the UK and number four in Ireland.
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"Can't Take My Eyes Off You" is a 1967 song written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio. It was recorded as a single by Frankie Valli. The song was among his biggest hits, earning a gold record and reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a week, stuck behind "Windy" by the Association. Gaudio was a bandmate of Valli's in the Four Seasons. It was Valli's biggest solo hit until he hit No. 1 in 1975 with "My Eyes Adored You".
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This is a list of singles recorded and released by Frankie Valli and/or The Four Seasons in their various guises since 1953. This list includes only commercially released singles on which Valli or some configuration of the group was credited with performing or producing. Promotional-only releases and extended play records (EPs) are omitted from this list.
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"Girl Come Running" is a song recorded by The Four Seasons and released as a single in 1965. It was composed by group member Bob Gaudio and Bob Crewe. Considered a "minor hit" for the group in context of their string of records reaching the upper levels of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, "Girl Come Running" peaked at #30 in July 1965.
"Let's Hang On!" is a song composed by Bob Crewe, Sandy Linzer, and Denny Randell that was popularized by The Four Seasons in 1965. The single reached the No. 3 position in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, the group's highest placement since "Rag Doll" hit the top spot in July 1964.
"Beggin'" is a song composed by Bob Gaudio and Peggy Farina and popularized by American band the Four Seasons in 1967. The song was popular on the Northern soul scene in England in the 1970s. In 2007, the song received new popularity when it was remixed by the French DJ Pilooski and then covered by the Norwegian hip-hop band Madcon, whose version topped the charts in Norway, France, the Netherlands, and Wallonia. Almost 50 years later, Italian rock band Måneskin covered the song; this version reached the top five in several European countries.
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