Walk Right Now

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"Walk Right Now"
Single by The Jacksons
from the album Triumph
B-side "Your Ways"
Released January 17, 1981
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1980
Genre R&B, soul, disco
Length 6:27
Label Epic
Writer(s) Michael Jackson
Jackie Jackson
Randy Jackson
Producer(s) The Jacksons
The Jacksons singles chronology
"Can You Feel It"
(1980)
"Walk Right Now"
(1981)
"State of Shock"
(1984)
Triumph track listing
"Time Waits for No One"
(6)
"Walk Right Now"
(7)
"Give It Up"
(8)

"Walk Right Now" is a 1981 song written, produced and performed by The Jacksons and issued as the fourth and final single from the group's popular album, Triumph.

The song was written by Michael Jackson, Jackie Jackson and Randy Jackson and was a song in which a man was fed up with his lover's excuses about how they can resolve their relationship despite the woman's acts of infidelity towards him, therefore delivering the message, "walk right now/I'm not playing" in a chant-like phrase.

When released, the song performed only modestly on US pop radio, peaking at a number seventy-three, but the song became a hit in the UK, where it peaked at number seven on the UK pop charts.

Personnel[edit]

  • Written and composed by Michael Jackson, Jackie Jackson and Randy Jackson
  • Produced by The Jacksons
  • Arranged by Michael Jackson
  • Lead Vocals: Michael Jackson
  • Background Vocals: The Jacksons
  • Instrumentation:
    • Keyboards: Greg Phillinganes
    • Synthesizers: Greg Phillinganes, Webster Lewis, Michael Boddicker
    • Guitars: Tito Jackson, David Williams
    • Bass: Nathan Watts
    • Drums: Ollie E. Brown
    • Vibes: Gary Coleman
    • Percussion: Paulinho da Costa
    • Horns: Jerry Hey, Kim Hutchcroft, Bill Reichenbach, Larry Hall
    • Flute: Gary Herbig
Preceded by
"Shoot Your Best Shot" / "It Don't Hurt No More" by Linda Clifford
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single (with "Lovely One" and "Can You Feel It")
December 13, 1980
Succeeded by
"Celebration" / "Take It to the Top" by Kool & the Gang