Rag Doll (The Four Seasons song)
|Single by The Four Seasons|
|from the album Rag Doll|
|B-side||"Silence Is Golden" (from the album Born To Wander)|
|The Four Seasons singles chronology|
"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. The song was also a number one hit in Canada, and reached number two in the UK and number four in Ireland.
According to songwriter Bob Gaudio, the recording was inspired by a dirty-faced little girl, about 5 years old, dressed in ragged clothes. At stop lights in the neighborhood children would run into the street and clean windshields for spare change, but this little girl could only reach high enough to clean the driver's side mirror of his automobile. 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.
- Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits. New York: Billboard Books. p. 152. ISBN 0823076776. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
- Rag Doll Songfacts
- "CBS-FM's Top 1,001 Countdown". Wcbsfm.cbslocal.com. CBS Radio Inc. 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
- RPM Top 45s, August 4, 1964
- "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Rag Doll". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
- Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 – ISBN 0-89820-089-X
- Cash Box Top 100 Singles, July 18, 1964
- Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 26, 1964
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