I Walk Alone (Marty Robbins song)

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For the popular song composed by Jule Styne with lyrics by Sammy Cahn, first recorded by Dinah Shore in 1944, see I'll Walk Alone. For other uses see I Walk Alone (disambiguation).
"I Walk Alone"
Single by Marty Robbins
from the album I Walk Alone
B-side "Lily of the Valley"
Released August 27, 1968
Genre Country
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Herbert W. Wilson
Producer(s) Bob Johnston
Marty Robbins singles chronology
"Love Is in the Air"
(1968)
"I Walk Alone"
(1968)
"It's a Sin"
(1969)

"I Walk Alone" is a country song written by Herbert Wilson that was recorded by Marty Robbins in 1968.[1] It was Robbins' thirteenth number one on the U.S. country singles chart. The single spent two weeks at number one and a total of fifteen weeks on the chart.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1968) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 65
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 3
Canadian RPM Top Singles 96
Preceded by
"Next in Line"
by Conway Twitty
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

November 9-November 16, 1968
Succeeded by
"Stand by Your Man"
by Tammy Wynette

Other versions[edit]

Eddy Arnold recorded "I Walk Alone" as the B-side of his 78 rpm single "Did You See My Daddy Over There" (1945),[3] and later for his compilation album Eddy Arnold Sings Them Again (1960).[4][5][6]

Ernest Tubb recorded the song during a May 24, 1945 session;[7] but it was unreleased until 1996, when it was included in the CD box set Walking the Floor Over You.[8]

Don Gibson released his version about the same time as Marty Robbins, on the 1968 album More Country Soul.[9][10]

Following the success of the Marty Robbins single, at least four other country artists recorded "I Walk Alone" for albums released in 1969: Loretta Lynn's Your Squaw Is on the Warpath,[11] Kitty Wells' Guilty Street,[12][13][14] David Houston's Where Love Used to Live,[15][16][17] and Willie Nelson's My Own Peculiar Way.[18][19] Nelson had earlier recorded the song for Liberty Records, but that version wasn't released until 1975 on the compilation album Country Willie under the title "I'll Walk Alone."[20][21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic "I Walk Alone" Marty Robbins with music sample Retrieved 6 January 2012
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 294. 
  3. ^ Chanteurs Eddy Arnold Discography 08/1945, RCA 33-0535. Retrieved 6 January 2012
  4. ^ Allmusic "I Walk Alone" Eddy Arnold with music sample Retrieved 6 January 2012
  5. ^ Discogs Eddy Arnold Sings Them Again Retrieved 6 January 2012
  6. ^ LP Discography Eddy Arnold Retrieved 6 January 2012
  7. ^ Praguefrank's Country Music Discographies Tubb Ernest Retrieved 6 January 2012
  8. ^ Allmusic Walking the Floor Over You (Box Set) Disc 6, track 13. Retrieved 6 January 2012
  9. ^ Allmusic More Country Soul Don Gibson Retrieved 6 January 2012
  10. ^ LP Discography Don Gibson Sep 1968 Retrieved 6 January 2012
  11. ^ Allmusic Your Squaw Is on the Warpath Loretta Lynn Retrieved 6 January 2012
  12. ^ Allmusic Guilty Street Kitty Wells Retrieved 6 January 2012
  13. ^ Discogs Kitty Wells Guilty Street Retrieved 6 January 2012
  14. ^ LP Discography Kitty Wells Retrieved 6 January 2012
  15. ^ Allmusic Where Love Used to Live David Houston Retrieved 6 January 2012
  16. ^ LP Discography David Houston Retrieved 6 January 2012
  17. ^ Discogs David Houston Where Love Used To Live / My Woman's Good To Me Retrieved 6 January 2012
  18. ^ Allmusic "I Walk Alone" Willie Nelson with music sample Retrieved 6 January 2012
  19. ^ LP Discography Willie Nelson Retrieved 6 January 2012
  20. ^ Allmusic The Early Years: The Complete Liberty Recordings Plus More Review Disc 2, track 27 (wrong composer). Retrieved 6 January 2012
  21. ^ Amazon "I'll Walk Alone" Willie Nelson MP3 with music sample Retrieved 6 January 2012

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