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.
- 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.
- Muddy Waters with George "Harmonica" Smith, "Walkin’ Thru The Park" From a 1971 performance.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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").
- 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.
- 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.