Song of the Day: The Ventures, “Walk Don’t Run”

“Walk Don’t Run” was written by jazz legend Johnny Smith in 1954. Two years later, it was covered by Chet Atkins, and in 1960 The Ventures decided to adapt it to their unique style. It peaked at #2 on the Hot 100, kept from the top spot by Elvis Presley’s “It’s Now Or Never.”

The Ventures did an updated version in 1964, calling it “Walk Don’t Run ’64,” which reached #8 on the Hot 100 and #9 on the Cash Box survey.

11 thoughts on “Song of the Day: The Ventures, “Walk Don’t Run”

  1. There was a nightclub not far from where I lived in San Rafael; it was literally a matter of walking down a street and turning a corner to get there. In said nightclub, I had the pleasure of seeing the Ventures perform. They would take any request the audience had from their repertoire … including mine, for the somewhat obscure “Slaughter on 10th Avenue.” Of course, the show culminated with “Walk, Don’t Run.” It was splendid.


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