It's hard to come off macho when you sing falsetto like Four Seasons lead vocalist Frankie Valli
. Despite their high-frequency lead singer, the group didn't want to come off too soft - after all, they were from New Jersey. Their previous #1 hits, "Sherry
" and "Big Girls Don't Cry
," explored a sensitive side, so they needed a change in subject matter if they were going to toughen up their image.
The solution was "Walk Like a Man," written by their ace songwriting team: producer Bob Crew and keyboard player/tenor vocalist Bob Gaudio. In the song, Valli mans up, telling his girl that he's not going to put up with her dirty lies.
Despite the contrast between the vocal style and the lyric, the song worked, becoming their third chart-topper. In our interview with Gaudio
, he said: "When the smoke cleared, it was just a good record. And the good records, they're hard to bury."