The melody was adapted from "Minuet In G," a composition written by Christian Petzold. "Minuet In G" is often thought to be by Johann Sebastian Bach because it was included in a book of sheet music kept by Bach's wife Anna Magdalena.
The song was written by Denny Randell
and Sandy Linzer, who wrote all the original songs on the album and went to write some of the biggest hits for The Four Seasons. In a Songfacts interview with Denny Randell, he explained that he started listening to "Minuet In G" at an early age. "I must have been about five, six," said Randell. "I was taking lessons at a very early age, and I loved that piece. It stuck with me. Over the years, I grew up and got more into music from a creative point of view. It's really interesting, throughout all my later teen years and when I first got into the business, I always had it on my mind that it would make a wonderful grounds for a pop song if done in the right way. At some point, finally, I just decided to write the song; it was time to put it together. It's in a different groove and it's a different time signature than the original piece; it was put into a form that could work for a pop record at that time."