Walk Like a Man (The Four Seasons song)

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"Walk Like a Man"
Walk like a Man by The Four Seasons US vinyl A-side label.jpg
A-side label of US single
Single by The Four Seasons
from the album Big Girls Don't Cry and Twelve Others
B-side"Lucky Ladybug"
ReleasedJanuary 1963
RecordedJanuary 1963
Songwriter(s)Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio
Producer(s)Bob Crewe
The Four Seasons singles chronology
"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"
"Walk Like a Man"
"Ain't That a Shame!"

"Walk Like a Man" is a song written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio and originally recorded by rock band, the Four Seasons.[1]

The Four Seasons's version[edit]

The song features the counterpoint of Nick Massi's bass voice and the falsetto of lead singer Frankie Valli. It was their third number one hit, initially reaching the top of the Billboard Hot 100 on March 2, 1963, remaining there for three weeks. "Walk Like a Man" also went to number three on the R&B singles chart.[2]

Cash Box described it as "a feelingful, cha cha beat stomper...that again sports the falsetto gimmick" and has an "ultra-commercial arrangement by Charles Calello."[3]

During the sessions that produced the hit recording, the fire department received an emergency call from the Abbey Victoria Hotel (the building that housed the Stea-Phillips Recording Studios). As producer Bob Crewe was insisting upon recording the perfect take, smoke and water started to seep into the studio; the room directly above the studio was on fire, but Crewe had blocked the studio door. He continued recording until firemen used their axes on the door and pulled Crewe out.[4]

Other versions[edit]

Other versions have been recorded by artists such as the Mary Jane Girls (1986), Divine (1985), Dreamhouse and Jan & Dean (1963) off the album Jan & Dean Take Linda Surfin. Plastic Bertrand did a version in French, entitled C'est Le Rock 'n' Roll (1978), Hungarian band Bon Bon recorded the song with the title Sexepilem (1999), and Chance & The Phantasmics (2012).

The song features prominently in the 1993 film Heart And Souls as well as the 1996 film Sleepers. It also features in the 1993 film Mrs. Doubtfire and is played during the opening credits of The Wanderers.

The song "Walk Like a Man" is part of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list.[5]


Partial credits.[6]

The Four Seasons
Additional musician and production staff


Chart (1963) Peak
New Zealand (Lever Hit Parade)[7] 1
UK[8] 12
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 1
US Billboard R&B[10] 3

Divine version[edit]

"Walk Like a Man"
Single by Divine
from the album Maid in England
LabelProto Records, Liberation Records
Songwriter(s)Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio
Divine singles chronology
"T Shirts and Tight Blue Jeans"
"Walk Like a Man"
"Twistin' The Night Away"

Divine recorded "Walk Like a Man" and released it as a single from the album Maid in England in 1985.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Walk Like a Man" – 3:50
  2. "Man Talk" – 3:23


Chart (1985) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[12] 75
German Singles Chart[13] 52
Irish Singles Chart 23
Swiss Singles Chart[14] 28
UK Singles Chart[15] 23


  1. ^ The Four Seasons interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969)
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 212.
  3. ^ "CashBox Record Reviews" (PDF). Cash Box. January 19, 1963. p. 10. Retrieved 2022-01-12.
  4. ^ Sasfy, Joe. Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons: 1961-1967, Time-Life Records "The Rock 'N' Roll Era" (1987)
  5. ^ "500 Songs That Shaped Rock". Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  6. ^ "Panama Francis - DRUMMERWORLD".
  7. ^ Flavour of New Zealand, 28 March 1963
  8. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 210. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  9. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  10. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 212.
  11. ^ Eddy, Chuck (15 January 2012). "The 25 Best "Bad" Cover Songs – 9. Divine "Walk Like A Man" (1985)". Complex. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  12. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 91. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid 1983 and 19 June 1988.
  13. ^ Divine - Singles Archived 2017-10-09 at the Wayback Machine Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2010-06-12.
  14. ^ Divine - Discography Swiss Charts Online. Retrieved 2010-06-12.
  15. ^ "Divine". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2010-06-12.