Monday’s Music Moves Me: Walking

Athena the Cat Goddess wants songs about walking, and I bet most of us wouldn’t mind taking a walk. Here are ten songs about walking.

  1. Patsy Cline, "Walkin’ After Midnight" One of the great ladies of Country music, Patsy had a #2 hit on the Country chart with this in 1957. It also reached #12 on the Pop chart.
  2. Muddy Waters with George "Harmonica" Smith, "Walkin’ Thru The Park" From a 1971 performance.
  3. Paul Butterfield Blues Band, "Walkin’ Blues" Paul originally recorded this on his 1966 album East-West, then recorded it again on his 1972 album Better Days. This is a live performance from 1978.
  4. Kyu Sakamoto, "Sukiyaki (Ue O Muite Arokou) The Japanese title means "I Look Up As I Walk," but the record company, reasoning the American audience wouldn’t be able to pronounce the Japanese title, named it "Sukiyaki." Must have worked, because it was a #1 hit for three weeks here in 1963.
  5. The Rooftop Singers, "Walk Right In" A cover of a Gus Cannon song from 1929, it reached #1 for two weeks in 1963 and sold a lot of 12-string guitars.
  6. Johnny Smith, "Walk Don’t Run!" Usually I use The Ventures’ cover, but this is the original from 1954. There’s a story that someone arranged for Johnny to have dinner with The Ventures, who didn’t know that he had written their biggest hit, and he never let on. Chet Atkins has also covered this.
  7. Nancy Sinatra, "These Boots Are Made For Walkin’" Legend has it that Frank was less than thrilled that "Nancy With The Laughing Face" was dressed like this. It was an international #1 hit in 1966.
  8. The Four Seasons, "Walk Like A Man" The Jersey Boys recorded this in 1963 on Vee Jay Records, and it was their third consecutive #1 hit (after "Sherry" and "Big Girls Don’t Cry").
  9. The Four Tops, "Walk Away Renee" I was going to use The Left Banke’s original, then saw this and liked it better. It only went to #14 on the Hot 100 and #15 on the R&B chart, but went to #2 in Canada, #3 in the UK, and #5 in Ireland.
  10. Fats Domino, "I Want To Walk You Home" Fats did several songs about walking, and this might be the least well-known of them. It was a #1 hit on the R&B chart and a #8 on the Hot 100 in 1959.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for March 30, 2020.

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26 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Walking

  1. John,

    We shared two of the same song titles but I didn’t know The Ventures “Walk Don’t Run” was a cover. You have a fabulous playlist. “Walk Away Renee” is a great oldie. Thanks for joining the 4M crew on the dance floor this week. Be safe and well, my friend. Have a boogietastic week!

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  2. You came up with another great list. I had forgotten (face slap, except we aren’t supposed to touch our faces) about Walk Right In and the Four Tops covering Walk Away, Renee. (Yes, equal, if not better, than the original.) Sukiyaki is a song from my preteen years I had on my blog some time back and I found out how Kyu Sakamoto tragically died in the worst plane crash in aviation history, at the age of 43. When my husband heard me playing these songs he started to yell out other walking song titles and I may do another walking themed post after A to Z.

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    1. There are a ton of walking songs. That’ll be my theme for the rest of the week on Song of the Day, so feel free to use anything I put up. You know me, I look for some of the more obscure songs…

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  3. Love your tunes John. Starting with Patsy Cline the greatest country singer and I learned something today & that is what “Sukiyaki” meant. hahahaha Cute tune though I always liked it. And of course it’s nice to have money backing you because I don’t think Ms. Sinatra would have made it in the singing world. hahaha Ahhhh and of course The Four Seasons my favorite of course. They were amazing and Frankie Vali hmmm wondering what he’s doing nowadays. I saw him in Vegas when my mom lived out there. Now The Four Tops was another favorite of mine, so that’s another favorite & last, but not least Mr. Fats Domino. That was my brother’s era so we had a very musical family to say the least. Oh & by the way if my very musical mama would have been here yesterday it was her 99th birthday. HB to my Mom. Stay healthy John & to your lovely wife & family too. hugs

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    1. My mom would have been 88 last Thursday. She died way too young.

      Frankie Valli showed up a couple of times on the new “Hawaii Five-O” as a boyfriend to McGarrett’s aunt, played by Carol Burnett.

      There were several Fats Domino songs that would have fit, I just picked the one everybody would be least likely to pick. And the reason I picked “Sukiyaki” was because the words have nothing to do with food. Patsy Cline… I think I fall in love with her every time I hear her sing. Her voice was pefect for the genre.

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  4. Good list of walking songs. “Walk Away Renee” is a big favorite of mine. I still remember when the Left Banke’s version came out. I was very drawn to the classical sound of the strings and the haunting melody. I have a greatest hits CD by Left Banke–they did some nice music.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  5. man that is one heck of a walkin list.I’ve always enjoyed the Late Patsy Cline.so thanks for the walk down memoory lane with the other artistsd as well!!

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    1. I had a choice of three for Fats: “I Want To Walk you Home,” “Walkin’ To New Orleans,” and the one I chose. All are great songs, and could have put all of them in, but figured that was too easy. I generally don’t like to put more than one song by an artist into a list, though I do it on occasion.

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    1. I was surprised when I learned what the lyrics meant what a beautiful song it was. There are some artists (A Taste Of Honey, for example) who have done a version with English lyrics, but something gets lost in the translation.

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  6. Great list and a couple I didn’t know and others I knew but didn’t know the title. The song with the refrain “Walk on by…” I also couldn’t help but recall the scene with Gene Wilder and Marty Feldman in Young Frankenstein…”Walk this way”

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    1. I think you’re thinking of “Walk On By” by Dionne Warwick, another collaboration between her and Bacharach/David. That’s a winning combination.

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