Working My Way Back to You

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"Working My Way Back to You"
Single by The Four Seasons
from the album Working My Way Back to You
B-sideToo Many Memories (from the same album)
ReleasedJanuary 1966
Format7"
GenreRock
Length2:33
LabelPhilips
Writer(s)Denny Randell-Sandy Linzer
ProducerBob Crewe
The Four Seasons singles chronology
"Little Boy (in Grown-Up Clothes)"
(1965)
"Working My Way Back to You"
(1966)
"Opus 17 (Don't You Worry 'Bout Me)"
(1966)
 
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"Working My Way Back to You"
Single by The Four Seasons
from the album Working My Way Back to You
B-sideToo Many Memories (from the same album)
ReleasedJanuary 1966
Format7"
GenreRock
Length2:33
LabelPhilips
Writer(s)Denny Randell-Sandy Linzer
ProducerBob Crewe
The Four Seasons singles chronology
"Little Boy (in Grown-Up Clothes)"
(1965)
"Working My Way Back to You"
(1966)
"Opus 17 (Don't You Worry 'Bout Me)"
(1966)

"Working My Way Back to You" is a song made popular by The Four Seasons in 1966 and The Spinners in 1979.

Written by Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell, the song was originally recorded by The Four Seasons in 1966, reaching number nine on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. In the UK Top 50 chart it spent three weeks - all at No. 50. It is the only hit to feature the group's arranger Charles Calello in the temporary role of bassist/bass vocalist, having replaced original member Nick Massi.

The song is about a man who cheated on his girlfriend and also emotionally abused her. When she leaves, he realizes that he did love her and is very remorseful about his past actions. He vows to win her love back. It is in some ways a re-casting of the melody from their previous hit, "Let's Hang On," although "Working My Way" is much better known nowadays due to the Spinners' cover.

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Charts

Chart (1966)Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 1009
UK Singles Chart50

The Spinners version

"Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me, Girl"
Single by The Spinners
from the album Dancin' And Lovin'
ReleasedDecember 14, 1979
Recorded1979
GenreR&B, soul
Length4:01 (single)
6:04 (album)
LabelAtlantic
ProducerMichael Zager
The Spinners singles chronology
"Body Language"
(1979)
"Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me, Girl"
(1980)
"Cupid"/"I've Loved You for a Long Time"
(1980)

In 1980, The Spinners' (Detroit Spinners in the UK, to avoid confusion with a Liverpool-based folk group of that name) medley of "Working My Way Back to You" and Michael Zager's "Forgive Me Girl" topped the UK singles chart for two weeks in April. On the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, the medley (released the previous November in the U.S.) peaked at the number two position in March for two weeks, behind Another Brick In The Wall by Pink Floyd. The Spinners version also made it to number six on the Soul Singles chart[1] and number eight on the disco/dance chart.[2]

Charts

Chart (1979/80)Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 1002
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles6
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Disco8
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks5
UK Singles Chart1
German Singles Chart12[3]
Swiss Singles Chart8[4]
Dutch Top 402
New Zealand Singles Chart3
Preceded by
"Going Underground" by The Jam
UK number one single
12 April 1980 - 25 April 1980
Succeeded by
"Call Me" by Blondie

Boyzone version

"Working My Way Back to You"
Single by Boyzone
ReleasedMay 1994
FormatCD single, Cassette
Recorded1994
GenrePop
Length3:41
LabelPolyGram
Writer(s)Sandy Linzer
Denny Randell
ProducerSteve Mac
Boyzone singles chronology
"Working My Way Back to You"
(1994)
"Love Me for a Reason"
(1994)

"Working My Way Back to You" is the debut single from Irish Boyband Boyzone. It was released in May 1994. The song reached #3 on the Irish Singles Chart. It is one of the few songs to feature Mikey Graham on lead vocals. The band recorded two versions the song, one of which was a collaboration with Alliage. The track is credited as being a major turning point in the career of producer-songwriter Steve Mac.[5] A lack of interest from the "usual producers" led to Polydor phoning up Mac and asking him to take on the role, and by doing he effectively made a decisive progression from his early Dance-pop singles to the mature balladry he has since made a very successful career out of.[5]

Tracklisting

  1. "Working My Way Back To You" - 4:12
  2. "Working My Way Back To You" (POD 12" Mix) - 8:13
  3. "Father And Son" - 2:49
  1. "Te Garder Près De Moi" (Featuring Alliage) - 4:41
  2. "Te Garder Près De Moi" (Instrumental) - 4:41

Charts

Chart (1994)Peak
position
Irish Singles Chart3
Chart (1997)Peak
position
UK Singles Chart129
France Singles Chart3

Personnel

The Four Seasons' version

The (Detroit) Spinners' version

Boyzone version

References

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 545. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 243. 
  3. ^ musicline.de
  4. ^ hitparade.ch
  5. ^ a b "Interview With Steve Mac". HitQuarters. April 12, 2010. http://www.hitquarters.com/index.php3?page=intrview/opar/intrview_Steve_Mac_Interview.html. Retrieved April 13, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Boyzone Working My Way Back To You Ireland (republic of) 5" CD SINGLE (309437)". Eil.com. 2004-11-11. http://eil.com/shop/moreinfo.asp?catalogid=309437. Retrieved 2012-01-12.