Top Songs of 1964; #13

The next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1964 was “Rag Doll” by The Four Seasons. It was just another song written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio. According to songwriter Bob Gaudio, the recording was inspired by a dirty-faced girl who cleaned the windshield of his automobile for change. When he reached into his wallet, all he had were bills, none smaller than $20. He gave the girl the twenty dollar bill. (Gaudio has also said it was a $5 or a $10). He and producer Bob Crewe wrote the song the same day. “Rag Doll” was the fourth number one hit song by the group since 1962. Even though the group would have more songs on the charts after that, it would be 1975 before their next number one song (“December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)”).

Roll Doll” was  the top song on the Cash Box record chart for only the weeks of July 5 – 18. It was the number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for two weeks (7/12 – – 7/25).

Frankie Valli and The  Four Seasons still tour even though Frankie is the only original member. In fact, they will appear at CMAC in Canandaigua on Saturday (8 p.m.). For shows in other locations, visit the Frankie Valli / Four Seasons website.

Download Four Seasons songs (for a small fee) from Amazon.com.