51 years ago those Jersey Boys, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons were atop the U.S. singles charts with their monster hit ” Walk Like A Man. ” The hit was written by producer Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio. The original label in the U.S. was VeeJay records. The picture above is from a UK label release from Stateside records which was a British record label released licensed American recordings.
The song features the counterpoint of Nick Massi’s bass voice and the falsetto of lead singer Frankie Valli. It was their 3rd #1 hit, initially reaching the top of the charts on March 2, 1963, remaining there for three weeks. 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 as the group repeated their efforts upon Crewe’s insistence: the room directly above the studio was on fire, yet Crewe blocked the studio door and continued recording until a few firemen used their axes on it and pulled Crewe out.
Do you know the singles from The Four Seasons that came before and after the release of “Walk Like A Man?” Neither were big hits and each were covered many times by other artists.