Big Girls Don't Cry (The Four Seasons song)
|"Big Girls Don't Cry"|
|Single by The Four Seasons|
|from the album Sherry & 11 Others|
|B-side||"Connie-O" (non-LP track later included on Golden Hits of the 4 Seasons album)|
|Genre||Rock and roll|
|Label||Vee-Jay Records 465|
|Writer(s)||Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio|
|The Four Seasons singles chronology|
"Big Girls Don't Cry" is a song written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio and originally recorded by The Four Seasons. It hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 17, 1962, and, like its predecessor "Sherry", spent five weeks in the top position. The song also made it to number one, for three weeks, on Billboard's Rhythm and Blues survey.
According to Gaudio, he was dozing off while watching the John Payne/Rhonda Fleming/Ronald Reagan movie Tennessee's Partner (1955) when he heard Payne's character slap Fleming in the face. After the slap, Fleming's character replied, "Big girls don't cry." Gaudio wrote the line on a scrap of paper, fell asleep, and wrote the song the next morning.
However, the now-famous line does not appear in the Ronald Reagan film. According to Bob Crewe, he himself was dozing off in his Manhattan home with the television on when he awoke to see John Payne manhandling Rhonda Fleming in a 1956 film noir Slightly Scarlet. The line is heard in that film based on a James M. Cain story.
Like "Sherry", "Big Girls Don't Cry" is sung mostly in falsetto. With this song, the Four Seasons became the first rock-era act to hit the top spot on the Hot 100 with their first two chart entries (their first single, "Bermuda"/"Spanish Lace", did not appear on any Billboard chart in 1961).
The song has also appeared in the soundtrack to the 1987 film Dirty Dancing.
- Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance sang this song on the first season episode of The Lucy Show entitled "Lucy Is A Chaperone."
- On the children's television show 3-2-1 Contact, the song is reworded about Ostriches, Emus, and Sesame Street's character Big Bird, with the words changed to "Big Birds Don't Fly."
- Edith Massey did a rare punk rock version of this song with her band, Edie and the Eggs; it is featured on The Rhino Brothers Present the World's Worst Records.
- "Big Girls Don't Cry" was covered by Massachusetts girl group IQ in 2006.
"He's a Rebel" by The Crystals
|Billboard Hot 100 number one single
November 17, 1962 (five weeks)
"Telstar" by The Tornados
"Do You Love Me" by The Contours
|Billboard Hot R&B Singles number-one single
November 17, 1962 – December 1, 1962 (three weeks)
"Release Me" by Little Esther Phillips
- Joe Sasfy, liner notes, Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, "The Rock 'N' Roll Era" (Time-Life Records, 1987)
- Jersey Boys Playbill with discussion of history of hits
- "Joel Whitburn's, Presents, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004", 2004 (Record Research) pg. 803