Dawn (Go Away)

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"Dawn (Go Away)"
Single by The Four Seasons
from the album Dawn (Go Away) and 11 Great Songs
B-side No Surfin' Today (from the album Born To Wander)
Released January 1964
Format 7"
Recorded 1963
Genre Rock
Length 2:10
Label Philips
Writer(s) Bob Gaudio-Sandy Linzer
Producer(s) Bob Crewe
The Four Seasons singles chronology
"Dawn (Go Away)"

"Dawn (Go Away)" is a song written by Bob Gaudio and Sandy Linzer and recorded by The Four Seasons[1] in early January 1964 as the Four Seasons were involved in a royalty dispute with Vee-Jay Records. As the lawsuit was making its way through the American judiciary system, the group recorded "Dawn" and a handful of other songs and withheld the master tapes from Vee-Jay, which then claimed breach of contract. The dispute would not be settled until 1965, a year after the Four Seasons officially left Vee-Jay.


Later that month, Atlantic Records rejected "Dawn". The group signed with Philips Records, a subsidiary of Mercury Records, shortly thereafter. "Dawn (Go Away)" was released even later that month. It took only four weeks for "Dawn" to climb the Billboard Hot 100 chart to #3 on February 29, 1964[2] - and was prevented from going higher by the then-omnipresent "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "She Loves You" (which turned out to be the top two singles for 1964, according to Billboard). "Dawn" remained at #3 for three weeks, then dropped to make way for two further Beatles singles ("Twist and Shout" and "Please Please Me"). During its entire six-week run in the Top Ten (3-3-3-4-4-5) only Beatles hits ranked above it in the chart.[3]

Originally written as a folk song, arranger Charles Calello sped it up and at Valli's suggestion added a galloping rhythm guitar borrowed from Kai Windings version of "More". Drummer Buddy Saltzman accented the recording with bombastic around the kit fills and ghost notes while never using a cymbal once.

The single version (with a two-line sung introduction) was never recorded in true stereo. Early "stereo" album releases were rechanneled (with the high and low frequencies on one channel and the midrange on the other); later stereo issues, from the Edizione d'Oro greatest hits album onward, offer different takes of the recording, One begins with a short drum intro, featuring a louder perhaps even more frantic drum backing by legendary session drummer Buddy Saltzman, and slightly different vocals. Both versions state they are two minutes, eleven seconds long--neither is. The stereo Dawn is two minutes, thirty seconds. The mono Dawn with the "Pretty as midsummer's morn. They called her Dawn" intro is two minutes 45 seconds.[4]

"Dawn (Go Away)" was the only Philips single crediting the Four Seasons that did not have the notation "featuring the 'sound' of Frankie Valli".


  1. ^ Bob Gaudio interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969)
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 238. 
  3. ^ ”Billboard Hot 100 Charts – The Sixties/The Seventies”, Record Research Inc, 1990
  4. ^ Thomas J McKeon personally playing and observing phonograph records, August 28-September 1,2013

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