Working My Way Back to You

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"Working My Way Back to You"
side-A label by Philips Records
Side A of the US single
Single by the Four Seasons
from the album Working My Way Back to You
B-side"Too Many Memories"
ReleasedJanuary 1966[1]
Songwriter(s)Denny Randell, Sandy Linzer
Producer(s)Bob Crewe
The Four Seasons singles chronology
"Little Boy (in Grown-Up Clothes)"
"Working My Way Back to You"
"Opus 17 (Don't You Worry 'Bout Me)"

"Working My Way Back to You" is a song made popular by the Four Seasons in 1966 and the Spinners in 1980.

Written by Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell, the song was originally recorded by The Four Seasons in 1966, reaching No. 9 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. In the UK Top 50 chart it spent three weeks – all at No. 50. It is the only hit to feature the group's arranger Charles Calello in the temporary role of bassist/bass vocalist, having replaced original member Nick Massi.

The lyrics tell about a man who cheated on his girlfriend. When she leaves, he realizes that he did love her and is very remorseful about his past actions. He vows to win her love back. It is in some ways a re-casting of the melody from their previous hit, "Let's Hang On!".

Cash Box described it as a "raunchy, blues-drenched ode about a love-sick fella who hopes to be re-united with his ex-gal," and said that it has "money-in-the-bank-sound."[4]


Chart (1966) Peak
Canada RPM Top Singles[5] 26
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 9
U.S. Cash Box Top 100[6] 10
UK 50[citation needed]

The Spinners version[edit]

"Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me, Girl"
Side-A label by Atlantic Records
One of side-A labels of the US single
Single by the Spinners
from the album Dancin' and Lovin'
B-side"Disco Ride"
ReleasedDecember 1979 (U.S.)
GenreR&B, soul, disco
Length4:02 (single)
6:03 (album version)
Songwriter(s)Denny Randell, Sandy Linzer
Producer(s)Michael Zager
The Spinners singles chronology
"Body Language"
"Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me, Girl"
"Cupid" / "I've Loved You for a Long Time"

In 1979 American soul and R&B group the Spinners recorded a medley of "Working My Way Back to You" and Michael Zager's "Forgive Me Girl," staying at No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in April 1980.[7] On the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, the medley (released in December 1979 in the U.S.) peaked at the No. 2 position in March and April 1980 for two weeks, behind "Another Brick in the Wall" by Pink Floyd. The Spinners' version also made it to No. 6 on the Soul Singles chart[8] and No. 8 on the disco/dance chart.[9] The version of the Spinners was taken up in French by the French Canadian singer Jean Nichol under the title "Je voudrais te retrouver" (I want to find you).[10]

Chart performance[edit]

Boyzone version[edit]

"Working My Way Back to You"
Single by Boyzone
ReleasedMay 1994
Songwriter(s)Sandy Linzer, Denny Randell
Producer(s)Ian Levine
Boyzone singles chronology
"Working My Way Back to You"
"Love Me for a Reason"

The Irish boyband Boyzone released a cover version of "Working My Way Back to You" as their debut single in May 1994. The song reached No. 3 on the Irish Singles Chart. It is one of their only singles to feature Mikey Graham on lead vocals.

The band later recorded a French version in collaboration with Alliage. This French version of the track is credited as being a major turning point in the career of producer-songwriter Steve Mac.[21] A lack of interest from the "usual producers" led to Polydor phoning up Mac and asking him to take on the role, and by doing he effectively made a decisive progression from his early dance-pop singles to the mature balladry he has since made a very successful career out of.[21]

Track listing[edit]

  • Working My Way Back To You[22]
  1. "Working My Way Back To You" – 4:12
  2. "Working My Way Back To You" (POD 12" Mix) – 8:13
  3. "Father And Son" – 2:49
  • Te Garder Pres De Moi
  1. "Te Garder Près De Moi" (Featuring Alliage) – 4:41
  2. "Te Garder Près De Moi" (Instrumental) – 4:41


  • Working My Way Back to You
Chart (1994) Peak
Irish Singles Chart 3[citation needed]
  • Te Garder Près De Moi (with Alliage)
Chart (1998) Peak
UK Singles Chart 90[23]
France Singles Chart 3[citation needed]


The Four Seasons' version[edit]

The (Detroit) Spinners' version[edit]

Boyzone version[edit]


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  6. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, February 26, 1966
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  11. ^ a b "National Top 100 Singles for 1980". Kent Music Report. January 5, 1981. Retrieved January 17, 2022 – via Imgur.
  12. ^ RPM Adult Contemporary, April 26, 1980
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  18. ^ "The Official New Zealand Music Chart". THE OFFICIAL NZ MUSIC CHART.
  19. ^ "UK Singles of the Year" (PDF). Record Mirror. London: Spotlight Publications. December 27, 1980. p. 30. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
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  21. ^ a b "Interview With Steve Mac". HitQuarters. April 12, 2010. Retrieved April 13, 2010.
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  23. ^ "te garder pres de moi | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2020-04-10.