Working My Way Back to You

Album: Working My Way Back to You (1966)
Charted: 50 9

Songfacts®:

  • This song was written by Denny Randell and Sandy Linzer, who were brought into the Four Seasons universe by their producer, Bob Crewe, when he was looking for a new sound for the group, who had enjoyed three years of hits but were looking to keep their music contemporary. Randell and Linzer wrote "Let's Hang On!," which hit #3 in the US, and their next song for the group was "Working My Way Back to You."

    The songs were similar in a lot of ways; Denny Randell told us, "although the tempo was different and the song was a totally different song, it was part of that same element of staying in that horns, R&B bag sort of thing. The interesting bass lines and so on and so forth."

    Lyrically, the song followed the Four Seasons tradition of upbeat songs where Frankie Valli is pleading with a girl. This one is a little extreme, with the guy admitting he cheated on her and enjoyed making her cry - bigger indiscretions than you usually find in "please take me back" songs. At least the guy here knows he'll have to work for it.
  • In 1979, The Spinners recorded a new version of this song with a section tacked on to the end called "Forgive Me Girl," making it kind of an "extended begging mix." The "Forgive Me Girl" part was written by Michael Zager, who was brought in to produce their album Dancin' And Lovin'. Zager was a disco specialist, and had a #36 hit in 1978 with "Let's All Chant." His "Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me Girl" concoction with The Spinners had just the right combination of disco-soul, and went to #2 in America and #1 in the UK. The song was a great showcase for Spinners bass man Pervis Jackson.
  • The Irish boy band Boyzone released a cover of this song as their first single in 1994.
  • The Spinners version of this song was used in the movies Donnie Brasco (1997) and My Date with Drew (2004).

Comments: 4

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1979 {December 14th} The Spinners performed "Working My Way Back To You" on the NBC-TV late-night musical variety program, 'The Midnight Special'...
    At the time "Working My Way Back To You" was in its first week on Billboard's Top 100 chart at position #82, fifteen weeks later it would peak at #2* {for 2 weeks} and it spent almost a half-year on the Top 100 {25 weeks}...
    "Working My Way Back To You" reached #1 {for 2 weeks} in April of 1980 on the United Kingdom's Single chart...
    Between 1961 and 1995 the Ferndale, Michigan quintet had thirty records on the Top 100 chart, six made the Top 10 with one reaching #1, "Then Came You" {a duet with Dionne Warwick}, for 1 week on October 20th, 1974...
    * For the two weeks "Working My Way Back To You" was at #2, the #1 record for both those weeks was "Another Brick In The Wall (Part Two)" by Pink Floyd...
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn May 15th 1966, "Opus 17 (Don't You Worry 'Bout Me)" by the Four Seasons entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; eventually it peaked at #13...
    It was preceded and succeeded on the Top 100 by Four Season's records that both peaked at #9; "Working My Way Back To You" and "I've Got You Under My Skin".
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 7th 1966, the Four Seasons performed "Working My Way Back To You" on the NBC-TV program 'Hullabaloo!'...
    Two weeks earlier on January 23rd it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #63; and on February 27th it peaked at #9 (for 1 week) and spent 9 weeks on the Top 100...
    In 1979 the Spinners combined it with "Forgive Me, Girl" and their version reached #2 (for 2 weeks) on the Top 100 (the two weeks it was at #2, "Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)" by Pink Floyd was #1 for both those weeks)...
    And in 1994 the boy band Boyzone covered it; their version peaked at #3 in the Irish Singles chart.
  • Drew from Birmingham, AlMuch like the Four Seasons probably modeled this song partially after their previous "Let's Hang On", Robert Night seems to have subtly modeled "Everlasting Love" after this song. The same rhythm and the same lyrical theme (pleading forgiveness and one more chance) are present in all three. Not to mention, both "Working My Way Back to You" and "Everlasting Love" have been covered by disco cover versions.
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