Rag Doll (The Four Seasons song)

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"Rag Doll"
Single by The Four Seasons
from the album Rag Doll
B-side "Silence Is Golden" (from the album Born To Wander)
Released June 1964
Format 7"
Genre Rock
Length 2:54
Label Philips Records
Writer(s) Bob Crewe
Bob Gaudio
Producer(s) Bob Crewe
Certification RIAA gold
The Four Seasons singles chronology
"Rag Doll"
"Save It for Me"

"Rag Doll" is a popular song written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio. It was recorded by The Four Seasons and released as a single in 1964. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on July 18, 1964, and remained on top for two weeks.[1] According to songwriter Bob Gaudio, the recording was inspired by a dirty-faced girl who cleaned the windshield of his automobile for change. When Gaudio reached into his wallet, all he had were notes, none smaller than $20. He gave the girl a twenty dollar bill. (Gaudio has also said it was a $5 or a $10.) 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. The song was also a number one hit in Canada, and reached number two in the UK and number four in Ireland.

The B-side was the original version of "Silence Is Golden." In 1967 the song was a number one hit in the UK Singles Chart for the English band The Tremeloes.[2]

In 2010, radio station WCBS-FM in New York City ranked the Four Seasons' "Rag Doll" as the number-one song of all time, as voted on by its listeners.[3]


  1. ^ Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits. New York: Billboard Books. p. 152. ISBN 0823076776. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Rag Doll Songfacts
  3. ^ "CBS-FM’s Top 1,001 Countdown". Wcbsfm.cbslocal.com. CBS Radio Inc. 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 

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Preceded by
"I Get Around" by The Beach Boys
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
July 18, 1964 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"A Hard Day's Night" by The Beatles