Walk On By (Burt Bacharach and Hal David song)
|"Walk On By"|
|Single by Dionne Warwick|
|from the album Make Way for Dionne Warwick|
|B-side||Any Old Time of Day (Bacharach & David)|
|Released||April 26, 1964|
|Recorded||1964 at Bell Sound Studios, November 1963|
|Dionne Warwick singles chronology|
- 1 Charting versions
- 1.1 Dionne Warwick version (1964)
- 1.2 Bobby Kris & The Imperials version (1965)
- 1.3 Isaac Hayes version (1969)
- 1.4 The Stranglers version (1978)
- 1.5 Average White Band version (1979)
- 1.6 D-Train version (1982)
- 1.7 Jo Jo Zep version (1983)
- 1.8 Melissa Manchester version (1989)
- 1.9 Sybil version (1990)
- 1.10 Gabrielle version (1997)
- 1.11 Cyndi Lauper version (2003)
- 1.12 Seal version (2005)
- 2 Other versions
- 3 References
- 4 External links
"Walk On By" has charted numerous times in various countries, with wildly different arrangements. The following entries discuss the chart versions of the song, in the order in which they appeared:
Dionne Warwick version (1964)
The original version of "Walk On By" was recorded at the same December 1963 session that yielded her hit "Anyone Who Had a Heart". "Walk On By" was the follow-up to that single, released in April 1964 and reaching #6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Cashbox's R&B chart. (Billboard did not print rhythm and blues charts during 1964, the year of the song's peak performance.) The song also reached the top 10 in a brief run on Billboard's easy listening survey. The song was ranked #70 on the Rolling Stone list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Warwick also recorded a German version of the song, entitled "Geh Vorbei".
|US Hot 100||6|
|UK Singles Chart||9|
Bobby Kris & The Imperials version (1965)
Toronto folk-rock group Bobby Kris & The Imperials released a fairly straight-ahead cover version late 1965. The track became a major hit in Canada, reaching #8 in early 1966, but "Walk On By" was to be the band's only hit.
|Canada RPM 100||8|
Isaac Hayes version (1969)
Funk/soul musician Isaac Hayes released a cover version in 1969 on his album Hot Buttered Soul and transformed the song into a twelve-and-a-half minute funk vamp. Edited for single release down to under 5 minutes, this single reached #30 on the U.S. charts.
|US Hot 100||30|
The Stranglers version (1978)
|UK Singles Chart||21|
Average White Band version (1979)
The Average White Band cut a lightly disco-tinged version of "Walk On By" (featuring reggae and funk underpinnings) that charted in 1979. Though AWB is primarily remembered as an instrumental band, their version of "Walk On By" was a vocal track -- as were many of their other songs.
|UK Singles Chart||46|
|US Hot 100||92|
D-Train version (1982)
|UK Singles Chart||44|
Jo Jo Zep version (1983)
In 1983, Australian act Jo Jo Zep covered the song in a slow, moody version that featured electronics and synthesizers. The track was a minor hit in Australia, peaking at #55, but was a major hit in New Zealand, hitting #6.
Melissa Manchester version (1989)
In 1989, sInger Melissa Manchester hit #6 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts with her version of the song.
Sybil version (1990)
|UK Singles Chart||6|
|US Hot 100||74|
Gabrielle version (1997)
|UK Singles Chart||7|
|Dutch Singles Chart||96|
Cyndi Lauper version (2003)
"Walk on By" was the first single from Cyndi Lauper's 2003 covers album, At Last. It was also included on Lauper's 2004 DVD Live at Last. It was released as a promo only. Remixes of the song reached #10 on the U.S. dance chart.
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play||10|
Seal version (2005)
Seal released a version of "Walk On By" as a single in January 2005. Though the song did not chart in his native UK, it made the lower reaches of the charts in several European countries.
- Alan Price
- Alicia Keys recorded a hip hop version of the song on 2003 mutli-platinum album The Diary of Alicia Keys
- Aretha Franklin
- The Beach Boys covered the song in a studio outtake for their 1969 album, 20/20.
- Bob Baldwin released a version of the song on his 1997 album, Cool Breeze.
- Brenda & the Tabulations on their 1967 album, Dry Your Eyes
- A 1960s garage rock version was recorded by The Outcasts from Manhasset, New York
- The Dells recorded a version on their 1972 album The Dells Sing Dionne Warwicke's Greatest Hits released on Cadet Records, produced by Charles Stepney
- Diana Krall recorded a jazzy version of the song on her 2009 album, Quiet Nights
- Florence Ballard after she left the Supremes
- George Benson released a jazz version of the song on his 1968 album, Gilbert Gravy
- Gloria Gaynor released her version on her 1975 album Experience Gloria Gaynor
- Grant Green recorded an instrumental version on his 1971 album Live at Club Mozambique.
- Kiki Dee recorded a version of the song in 1969 for Motown Records during her work on the Great Expectations album, but the song was not released until 2005 on the retrospective album Kiki Dee - Love Makes The World Go Round: The Motown Collection
- Peter Nero
- Laura Nyro recorded a version of the song that was included on her 2001 Angel in the Dark (posthumous album recorded 1994–1995)
- Peter White released a version of the song on his 1994 album, Reflections
- Roland Kirk recorded a version on his 1965 album Slightly Latin
- Ronan Keating recorded the song for his 2011 album, When Ronan Met Burt
- Vanilla Fudge on the 1984 album "Mystery (Vanilla Fudge album)"
- We Five
- The Undisputed Truth on the album Law of the Land
- Paul Carrack recorded a version on his 2001 Groovin' album
- Kendra Morris recorded a version for her 2013 album Mockingbird
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 609.
- "The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
- Geh Vorbei (Walk On By) on YouTube
- "Cool Breeze overview". *Allmusic.com.
- "CD Review of Bob Baldwin - Cool Breeze". JazzReview.com.
- The Outcasts from Manhasset, New York discography at Discogs
- "Reflections overview". Allmusic.com.
- "Reflections CD Sequel Is Next For Peter White". Allmusic.com.
- We Five, There Stands the Door: The Best of We Five Retrieved March 7, 2012.