This doo-wop-tinged pop classic brought the Four Seasons their third consecutive #1 hit in 1962 as well as solidifying the style of the group’s hit-making songwriter team, Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio. The lyrics strike a macho stance as they present a young man turning to his father for advice on how to handle a lying girlfriend and getting the following words of wisdom: “Walk like a man, talk like a man/Walk like a man, my son/No woman’s worth crawling on the earth/So walk like a man, my son.” The music backs this narrative up in a tough but stirring style, combining verses that bounce high and low in a percolating style with a soaring chorus that adds plenty of dramatic punch. The Four Seasons’ recording of “Walk Like A Man” benefits from a taut arrangement that combines gutsy rhythms and vocal power in equal measure: after a pair of bone-rattling drum rolls, the song kicks into a jazzy, shuffling rhythm anchored by a syncopated combination of percussion and hand claps and fleshed out with scratchy rhythm guitar hooks. The group adds a sophisticated vocal arrangement that adds hooks galore to an already catchy tune: the unforgettable intro layers Frankie Valli’s soaring falsetto wail over rhythmic chants of ‘walk’ and the rest of the group provides “ooh-wah” counter harmonies that enrich Valli’s lead on the verses. All these touches added up to a can’t-miss slice of vocal pop that topped the pop charts and shot to #3 on the R&B charts. “Walk Like A Man” was also given a memorable cover in the mid-1980's by the Mary Jane Girls, whose stylish, synth-laden version provided an interesting female variation on this macho classic.