Walk On By (Leroy Van Dyke song)

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"Walk On By"
Single by Leroy Van Dyke
from the album Walk On By
B-side "My World Is Caving In"
Released August 1961
Genre Country
Length 2:19
Label Mercury
Writer(s) Kendall Hayes
Gary Walker
Producer(s) Shelby Singleton[1]
Leroy Van Dyke singles chronology
"Walk On By"
"If a Woman Answers (Hang Up the Phone)"

"Walk on By" is a 1961 song written by Kendall Hayes and Gary Walker and performed by Leroy Van Dyke. It was Van Dyke's most successful single, spending 37 weeks on the country chart and a record-breaking 19 at the number-one position.[2] "Walk on By" crossed over to the pop chart peaking at number five,[3] and was named by Billboard magazine as the biggest country music record in history.[4]

The 19-week run of "Walk On By" is a record that stood for 51 years until "Cruise" by Florida Georgia Line reached its 19th week at No. 1 on July 20, 2013; the following week, "Cruise" surpassed the standard when it recorded its 20th week at No. 1. Until Florida Georgia Line surpassed it in total weeks at No. 1, "Walk On By" held the record for most weeks at No. 1 since the introduction of the all-encompassing Hot Country Songs (then called Hot C&W Sides) chart in October 1958; the all-time record for most weeks at No. 1 (21 weeks) is held jointly by three songs: "I'll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms)" by Eddy Arnold (1947); "I'm Movin' On" by Hank Snow (1950); and "In the Jailhouse Now" by Webb Pierce (1955).


  • Hank "Sugarfoot" Garland - guitar
  • Hargus "Pig" Robbins - piano
  • Buddy Killen - bass
  • Kennedy, Harold Bradley and Kelso Herston - guitars
  • Willie Ackerman - drums
  • Margie Singleton - background vocals

Mort Thomasson - recording engineer[1]

Cover versions[edit]

  • Donna Fargo covered the song in 1980. Fargo's version peaked at 43 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. A 1988 cover by Asleep at the Wheel made number 55 on the same chart.
  • In 1983 Kikki Danielsson recorded the song on her Singles Bar album.[5]
  • Martina McBride covered this song on her 2005 album Timeless.
  • A Finnish-language cover version of this song has the title Käy Ohitsein, and has been performed and recorded by several artists, including Laila Kinnunen. Another version, with slightly different lyrics, had the title Kun Ohi Käyt, and was performed by Irmeli Mäkelä.
  • The Swedish-language cover version of this song has the title Du Kom För Sent, and was recorded by Hakan Ståhre.
  • The Estonian-language cover version of this song has the title Sa möödu vaid, lyrics by Heldur Karmo[6] and was recorded by Anu Anton, later by Uno Loop and Heidy Tamme. Song also recorded by Ivo Linna with Rock Hotel. Also some other Estonian artists performed covers with the same title and words.

Chart performance[edit]

Leroy Van Dyke[edit]

Chart (1961-2) Peak
Norwegian Singles Chart 1
U.S. Billboard Hot C&W Sides 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 5
UK Singles Chart 5

Donna Fargo[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 43
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 53

Asleep at the Wheel[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 55


  1. ^ a b "Leroy Van Dyke". leroyvandyke.com. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 364. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 655. 
  4. ^ "Leroy Van Dyke". Leroy Van Dyke. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  5. ^ Information at Svensk mediedatabas
  6. ^ http://heldurkarmo.net.ee/?qry=1,522
Preceded by
"Tender Years" by George Jones
"Tender Years" by George Jones
"Big Bad John" by Jimmy Dean
Billboard Hot C&W Sides number-one single
September 25, 1961
October 16 - November 13, 1961
December 4, 1961 - March 3, 1962
Succeeded by
"Tender Years" by George Jones
"Big Bad John" by Jimmy Dean
"Misery Loves Company" by Porter Wagoner