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Top of the Charts: “Big Girls Don’t Cry”

Nov. 17, 1962 - Hitting No. 1 today on the Billboard Hot 100 is “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” a recording by The Four Seasons (pictured). The song was written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio. Like the group’s previous No. 1 hit, “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” is sung mostly in falsetto. According to Crewe, he was dozing off in his Manhattan home with the television on when he awoke to see actor John Payne manhandling Rhonda Fleming in “Slightly Scarlet,” a 1956 crime film based on a James M. Cain story. The line “big girls don’t cry” is heard in that film.


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