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This was recorded under extraordinary circumstances - they recorded it in a burning building! According to guitarist Vinne Bell, their producer, Bob Crewe, locked the door to the studio (a standard practice on recording day), then after a while - and a couple of bad takes - the musicians smelled smoke and there was a pounding on the studio door. Crewe refused to unlock it, even though plaster was falling from the ceiling, because he wanted one more take to perfect the song. The musicians were afraid of electrocution as water leaked into the studio. The session ended when firemen axed open the studio door and knocked Crewe to the floor in the process.
This was the third US #1 hit for The Four Seasons. Like their previous 2, "Sherry" and "Big Girls Don't Cry," it featured Frankie Valli's high-pitched vocals. (thanks, Brad Wind - Miami, FL, for above 2)
Many baseball stadiums play this when their team draws a walk. The title has also been seen on aprons of Chinese chefs as "Wok Like A Man."
This was used as the title to a Howie Mandel movie about a man raised by wolves and returned to his family just as his scheming brother is about to get hold of the lost brother's inheritance. Somehow, this film was overlooked for an Academy Award. (thanks, Michelle - Beaufort, NC)
Gary Louris of The Jayhawks
The Jayhawks' song "Big Star" has special meaning to Gary, who explains how longevity and inspiration have trumped adulation.
You may not recognize his name, but you will certainly recognize Peter Lord's songs. He wrote the bevy of hits from Paula Abdul's second album, Spellbound
, plus a collection of other classics for the likes of Aftershock, Ali and Goodfellaz.