Walk Like a Man" is a song written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio and originally recorded by The Four Seasons.
The song features the
counterpoint of Nick Massi's bass voice and the falsetto of lead singer Frankie Valli. It was their 3rd #1 hit, initially reaching the top of the Billboard Hot 100 on March 2, 1963, remaining there for three weeks.
During the sessions that produced the hit recording, the fire department received an emergency call from the Abbey Victoria Hotel (the building that housed the Stea-Phillips Recording Studios). As producer
Bob Crewe was insisting upon recording the perfect take, smoke and water started to seep into the studio as the group repeated their efforts upon Crewe's insistence: the room directly above the studio was on fire, yet Crewe blocked the studio door and continued recording until a few firemen used their axes on it and pulled Crewe out. [1 ] Cover versions of the song have been recorded by other musicians such as the Mary Jane Girls, Dreamhouse and Jan & Dean off the album "Jan & Dean Take Linda Surfin".
The song "Walk Like a Man" is part of the
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list. [2 ] Divine cover [edit ] Divine covered "Walk Like a Man" and released it as a single from the album in 1985. Maid in England Track listing [edit ] "Walk Like a Man" - 3:50 "Man Talk" - 3:23 Charts [edit ] Cultural References [edit ]
The song is featured in the opening scene of the 1979 film "The Wanderers" starring Ken Wahl and Karen Allen
The song is featured prominently in the film
Heart and Souls(1993) starring Robert Downey Jr, Elisabeth Shue, Kyra Sedgwick, Charles Grodin, Alfre Woodard and Tom Sizemore. The song is heard four times throughout the film and is not only used as a soundtrack theme, but by the characters themselves for plot purposes. The ghosts use the song as a mediator for breakthrough contact with the stories main character. [6 ] [7 ]
The song was played during an episode of David E. Kelley's medical drama
Chicago Hope when Adam Arkin's character hallucinates from a brain aneurysm.
The song is also part of the film
Sleepers (1996), John, Tommy, Michael, Shakes und Carol sing the song at the end of the movie.
The song is also features in the soundtrack to 1993's
Mrs Doubtfire and is used in a scene where the title character is walking.
An Instrumental version can be heard in "
Bar Mitzvah Hustle" a, Season 4 episode during the scene where Ethan Cohen is introduced at his Bar Mitzvah. American Dad!
The song's title was used to name a 2007 episode of the HBO TV series
- " The Sopranos Walk Like a Man." References [edit ]