Walk On By (Leroy Van Dyke song)

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"Walk On By"
Single by Leroy Van Dyke
from the album Walk On By
B-side "My World Is Caving In"
Released August 1961 (1961-08)
Genre Country
Length 2:19
Label Mercury
Songwriter(s)
  • Kendall Hayes
  • Gary Walker
Producer(s) Shelby Singleton[1]
Leroy Van Dyke singles chronology
"The Auctioneer"
(1956)
"Walk On By"
(1961)
"If a Woman Answers (Hang Up the Phone)"
(1962)
"The Auctioneer"
(1956)
"Walk On By"
(1961)
"If a Woman Answers (Hang Up the Phone)"
(1962)

"Walk on By" is a song written by Kendall Hayes and performed by American country music artist Leroy Van Dyke. It was released in June 1961 as the first single and title track from the album Walk On By. The song was Van Dyke's most successful single, spending 37 weeks on the country chart and a record-breaking 19 at the number-one position.[2] "Walk on By" crossed over to the pop chart peaking at number five,[3] and was named by Billboard magazine as the biggest country music record in history.[4]

The 19-week run of "Walk On By" is a record that stood for 51 years until "Cruise" by Florida Georgia Line reached its 19th week at No. 1 on July 20, 2013; the following week, "Cruise" surpassed the standard when it recorded its 20th week at No. 1. Until Florida Georgia Line surpassed it in total weeks at No. 1, "Walk On By" held the record for most weeks at No. 1 since the introduction of the all-encompassing Hot Country Songs (then called Hot C&W Sides) chart in October 1958; the all-time record for most weeks at No. 1 (34 weeks) is held by Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road."

Synopsis

A two-timing man has begun a new relationship but never fully cut off the previous one. While the old girlfriend is aware of his new flame, the new one does not know about it, and he intends to keep it that way by not acknowledging his old girlfriend in public. He advises the old girlfriend to treat him as a stranger—“just walk on by, wait on the corner—” and that he will continue meeting with her in back alleys and on the telephone.[5]

Musicians

  • Hank "Sugarfoot" Garland – guitar
  • Hargus "Pig" Robbins – piano
  • Buddy Killen – bass
  • Kennedy, Harold Bradley and Kelso Herston – guitars
  • Willie Ackerman – drums
  • Margie Singleton – background vocals

Production

  • Mort Thomasson – recording engineer[1]

Cover versions

Chart performance

Leroy Van Dyke

Chart (1961–62) Peak
position
Norwegian Singles Chart 1
U.S. Billboard Hot C&W Sides 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 5
UK Singles Chart 5

Donna Fargo

Chart (1980) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 43
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 53

Asleep at the Wheel

Chart (1988) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 55

References

  1. ^ a b "Leroy Van Dyke". leroyvandyke.com. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 364. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 655. 
  4. ^ "Leroy Van Dyke". Leroy Van Dyke. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  5. ^ http://www.metrolyrics.com/walk-on-by-leroy-van-dyke-lyrics-classic-country.html
  6. ^ Information at Svensk mediedatabas
  7. ^ Cooper, Daniel (1998). Kingsbury, Paul, ed. The Encyclopedia of Country Music: The Ultimate Guide to the Music. Oxford University Press. p. 234. ISBN 978-0195116717. 
  8. ^ "Heldur Karmo". Heldur Karmo. Retrieved 2016-09-26. 
Preceded by
"Tender Years" by George Jones
"Tender Years" by George Jones
"Big Bad John" by Jimmy Dean
Billboard Hot C&W Sides number-one single
September 25, 1961
October 16 – November 13, 1961
December 4, 1961 – March 3, 1962
Succeeded by
"Tender Years" by George Jones
"Big Bad John" by Jimmy Dean
"Misery Loves Company" by Porter Wagoner
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