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This song owed its creation to a “street urchin” and a lack of pocket change…
The writer remembers it this way:
“I was heading down the Westside Highway in NYC where there is the longest traffic light of all time. When you stop at the light, a bunch of kids run out and clean your windows and get a couple of cents. I was headed into the studio waiting for the light to change when a little girl came up to the car and started on my windshield. I saw her dirty face and her tattered clothes with holes in her socks and a tattered cap. When she finished, I couldn’t find any change and ended up giving her the smallest bill I had – a five dollar bill. When I pulled away, she stood stunned, in the middle of the street, clutching that bill. I couldn’t get the image out of my mind.”
That is what led to today’s 101 #1 Song of the Day – from Bob Gaudio (the writer) and the Four Seasons. “Rag Doll” was number one on this day in 1964.