Who Loves You

Album: Who Loves You (1975)
Charted: 6 3
  • In this song, Four Seasons frontman Frankie Valli is addressing a girl who is clearly in a funk. He's asking her to think about who really loves her and who is going to get her through these tough times, hoping she'll finally realize it's him.

    The song was written by original Four Seasons member Bob Gaudio and a songwriter named Judy Parker, who later became his wife. Like many of the song Gaudio wrote for the group, the upbeat melody contrasts with a somber, lovelorn lyric. However, there is a bright spot. In our interview with Gaudio, he said: "'Who Loves You' is a dark lyric with a positive outcome: There's someone here for you, I'll take care of you. "
  • "Who Loves Ya, Baby" was the catchphrase of the actor Telly Savalas, who starred in the popular detective show Kojak from 1973-1978. Savalas also dabbled in music and released a single in 1975 called "Who Loves Ya Baby." Written by the Broadway composer Marvin Laird, the song finds Savalas imparting a sentiment similar to the Four Seasons song, as he sings:

    When you're needing it bad 'cause rough times you've had
    I'm gonna look at you and say, Who loves ya baby?

    So was the Four Seasons song inspired by Savalas and his famous phrase? Bob Gaudio told us: "Everything that goes in my brain, in my ear, gets processed. Did I hear that phrase? Sure. There's all kinds of inspiration. Did I specifically sit down and say, I'm going to write a song, 'Who Loves You,' because of Telly Savalas? No.

    I think John Lennon once said good songwriters don't borrow, they steal. And if he didn't say it, I said it. I'll take it."
  • In the '60s, The Four Seasons were one of the most successful groups in America, with a retro sound featuring Frankie Valli's falsetto. That sound fell out of favor late in the decade, and in 1972 the group signed a deal with Motown Records. Their Motown output had little success, and in 1974 they split from the label.

    By 1975, disco was starting its ascent and The Four Seasons were ready to ride that train. The group's '50s sound that was retro in the mid-'60s was now cutting-edge a decade later, as Valli's falsetto suited the disco groove perfectly. Now signed to Curb Records, "Who Loves You" was the group's first post-Motown single, and it brought them back in a big way. Their next single was an even bigger hit and just as groovy: "December 1963 (Oh What a Night)."
  • Various versions of this song were released. The single runs 4:04 and is backed by a disco version that goes 5:28. A Spanish version was also released called "Quien Te Ama."
  • The Who Loves You marked a new lineup for the group, which now had five members and played their own instruments (previous lineups used session musicians to back the vocalists). Original member Bob Gaudio was no longer performing with the group, but was their producer and contributed vocals and keyboards to their studio output. The lineup for this song was:

    Frankie Valli - vocals
    John Paiva - guitar, vocals
    Don Ciccone - bass, vocals
    Gerry Polci - drums, vocals
    Lee Shapiro - keyboards, string arrangement on this track

Comments: 2

  • Jim Castro from Rowland Heights. CaSo awesome - I forgot it was so great - Those great bass lines - Believe that's Don - I never heard bass lines like that on The Four Seasons records - Masterpiece.
  • Sim from Cleveland RocksA musical masterpiece... Tight musically with great harmonies. And topped of with Valli's lead vocal. They don't make 'm like they used to.
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