December 29, 2007

Rap Version of “Beggin’”

December 29th, 2007

Along with “Cry For Me,” I can’t get enough of listening to “Beggin’” on Jersey Boys Original Cast Recording! Well, it looks like “Beggin’” has become a hit in the Rap world! Here’s Madcon, a Norwegian rap group’s rendition of this amazing song!


  1. Well, now we know what the opening number of JBII will be, don’t we? The stars must be in alignment, because this song came to the forefront for two other reasons as well: Taylor Sternberg just mentioned on his blog that this was his favorite JB song (interesting choice, huh? I wonder why), and I just put a rewrite of it up on my parody blog commemorating Erich Bergen’s 12/31/07 departure from the Tour (which I tongue-in-cheek sent to CKJ in case he wanted to serenade EB at his Bye Bye Bergen [Bergen Don't Cry]). (if you want to see it click on my name above).

    Comment by stubbleyou — December 29, 2007 @ 2:46 pm

  2. It should be noted here for those who don’t know that “Beggin’” was co-written by Bob Gaudio and original Angel Peggy Santiglia (as in, “He went away and you hung around and bothered me every night!)

    Comment by Gary — December 29, 2007 @ 3:53 pm

  3. Stubble, your site is terrific. I especially like the “On Broadway”, dedicated to the Gooter (Eric Gutman). “Pia Zadora” is also great–and we’re the same age, Stubs, so we both remember her 1980 Golden Globe win for “most promising newcomer.” And your “Schlep Like a Mensch” and “Big Girls Don’t Kvetch” made me laugh out loud. Now, where can we find the “Schmatta Doll”?

    Stubby, you gotta contact Gerard Alessandrini, founder and director of “Forbidden Broadway”…your schtick is hilarious.

    And Gary, interesting piece of info…so one of the Chinese twins went away and the other hung around and bothered her and she begged him to stop…interesting genesis.

    Comment by Howard Tucker — December 29, 2007 @ 7:47 pm

  4. Peggy Santiglia is credited as Peggy Farina on “Beggin’”. She also had a double life as “Jessica James”, a session singer who was on Lou Christie’s “Rhapsody In The Rain”, produced by Four Seasons 1965 member and long time arranger Charles Calello. Remember, the windshield wipers seemed to say “Together Together Together”? That was her. She also sang the clever line “Angels keep crying for me”, reminiscent of the reference to and snippet of Ronnie Spector, “Just like Ronnie Said ‘Be My Little Baby’” in “Take Me Home Tonight” by Eddie Money.

    This version seems like it could be a hit, though I would hope for a G-rated lyrical edit.

    Comment by Ted Hammond — December 30, 2007 @ 12:46 am

  5. Whoa…this boy Ted knows his stuff! Leanna, look out…you got yourself some competition! hehe

    Comment by Gary — December 30, 2007 @ 1:20 am

  6. Madcon has to be given credit for putting a unique spin on this song, that really works. And how great is it that The Four Seasons’ music is still having such an impact on contemporary music worldwide?!!!

    Comment by Pamela — December 30, 2007 @ 6:27 pm

  7. Beggin’ by Madcon was #1 on the Norway Billboard charts for at least five weeks. That’s as far back as I could find on the Billboard web site. It has fallen to #2 this week.

    Comment by Ted Hammond — January 1, 2008 @ 2:19 pm

  8. Madcon’s Beggin is now being played in Milwaukee on a popular radio station. This song has US hit written all over it….

    Comment by Jallex — February 3, 2009 @ 10:39 pm

  9. What station is that Jallex? Is the format CHR (Top 40)? That is good news, but we still need a Valli solo or 4 Seasons song to hit the charts this year, to borrow a 70s lyric, to not “break the chain” of decades with FV4S Hot 100 Hit.

    Comment by Ted Hammond — February 4, 2009 @ 9:18 am

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