Walking the Dog
|"Walking the Dog"|
|Single by Rufus Thomas|
|from the album Walking the Dog|
"Walking the Dog" (or "Walkin' the Dog") is a Rufus Thomas song. It was released on his 1963 album Walking the Dog. It was his signature hit and also his biggest, reaching number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1963 and remaining on the Hot 100 for 14 weeks. The lyrics make frequent references to children's nursery rhymes.
The song was covered by The Rolling Stones in 1964. Unlike most Stones' recordings, the songs features harmony vocals on the chorus solely by Brian Jones and Mick Jagger (most early Stones songs feature either Keith Richards and Bill Wyman joining on backing vocals) making their recording of the song unique among their catalogue.
Many other artists have covered the song, including Aerosmith, Roger Daltrey, Green Day, Hans Theessink, The Flamin' Groovies, The Sonics, The Trashmen, Luv'd Ones, Bob Paisley and the Southern Grass and Ratt. It was performed live occasionally by the Grateful Dead in 1966, 1970, and the mid-eighties.
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