The Four Seasons 'Rag Doll' Hits Number 1 on the U.S. Charts Today in 1964

July 18, 2016

This week in 1964…

American rock and pop band “The Four Seasons” started a two week run

at Number 1 on the US singles chart with 'Rag Doll'


The group's fourth Number 1 and a Number 2 hit on the UK chart

It also hit Number 1 in Canada and reached Number 4 in Ireland


According to band member and songwriter Bob Gaudio

the recording was inspired by a dirty-faced little girl

about 5 years old dressed in ragged clothes

At stop lights children in the neighborhood would run into the street

and clean windshields for spare change

but this little girl could only reach high enough

to clean the driver side mirror of his automobile

When Gaudio reached into his wallet

he had nothing smaller than $20 bill and gave it to the girl

Her astonishment stayed in Gaudio's mind

as he approached the recording studio

"Rag Doll" with a few tweaks by Bob Crewe was the result


In 1960 the group known as the Four Lovers evolved into the Four Seasons

with Frankie Valli as the lead singer

Bob Gaudio (formerly of the Royal Teens) on keyboards and tenor vocals

Tommy DeVito on lead guitar and baritone vocals

and Nick Massi on electric bass and bass vocals


The Four Seasons sing some of their hits including 'Rag Doll'



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