When You Walk in the Room

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"When You Walk in the Room"
Single by The Searchers
B-side "I'll Be Missing You"
Released September 1964
January 1988 (re-release)
Format 7" single
Genre Pop
Length 2:22
Label Pye 7N 15694 (UK)
Kapp (USA)
Writer(s) Jackie DeShannon
The Searchers singles chronology
"Someday We're Gonna Love Again"
(1964)
"When You Walk in the Room"
(1964)
"What Have They Done to the Rain"
(1964)

"When You Walk in the Room" is a song written and recorded by Jackie DeShannon, first released by her in 1963 but covered by many artists. The lyrics of the song attempt to detail the singer's emotions when in the presence of the person he or she loves. There is also an expression of frustration by the singer that he or she cannot manage to tell that person of his or her love.

DeShannon's original version was released as a single on November 23, 1963.[1] as the B-Side to "Till You Say You'll Be Mine". It was later rereleased as a single A-side in September 1964, and later included on the album Breakin' It Up on the Beatles Tour. The single charted on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, peaking at #99.[2]

The Searchers version[edit]

The song was recorded by The Searchers in 1964 after they had already had success with another DeShannon song, "Needles and Pins". This version became an international hit, reaching #35 in the US and #5 in the UK. Though "Needles and Pins" was an early hit for Jackie DeShannon, it was written by Jack Nitzche and a little known at the time song writer from Detroit by the name of Sony Bono.

The Searchers' version of the song would be covered by The Young Veins.

Stephanie Winslow version[edit]

"When You Walk in the Room"
Single by Stephanie Winslow
from the album Dakota
Released 1981
Format 7" single
Genre Country
Label Warner Bros. Records/Curb
Stephanie Winslow singles chronology
"I've Been a Fool"
(1981)
"When You Walk in the Room"
(1981)
"Slippin' and Slidin'"
(1982)

Stephanie Winslow, an American country music artist, recorded a version on her 1981 album Dakota. This version reached #29 on the U.S. country singles charts.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks 29


Paul Carrack version[edit]

"When You Walk in the Room"
Single by Paul Carrack
from the album One Good Reason
Released 1987
Format 7" single
Genre Rock
Label Chrysalis
Producer(s) Christopher Neil
Paul Carrack singles chronology
"A Little Unkind"
(1983)
"When You Walk in the Room"
(1987)
"Don't Shed a Tear"
(1987)

Paul Carrack's version, from his 1987 album One Good Reason, reached number 90 in the U.S.[3] and number 48 in the UK.[4]

Pam Tillis version[edit]

"When You Walk in the Room"
Single by Pam Tillis
from the album Sweetheart's Dance
B-side "'Til All the Lonely's Gone"
Released 1994
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 2:44
Label Arista Nashville
Producer(s) Pam Tillis, Steve Fishell
Pam Tillis singles chronology
"Spilled Perfume"
(1994)
"When You Walk in the Room"
(1994)
"Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)"
(1994)

In 1994, country music artist Pam Tillis recorded a version for her 1994 album Sweetheart's Dance. Tillis' version was released as a single, reaching a peak of #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. It was accompanied by a music video, featuring Dick Clark, and depicting Tillis in a mid-1960s appearance on American Bandstand.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 13
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 51

Personnel[edit]

Compiled from liner notes.[8]

  • Mike Brignardello — bass guitar
  • Mary Chapin Carpenter — background vocals
  • Rob Hajacos — fiddle
  • Bob DiPiero — 12-string guitar
  • Paul Franklin — steel guitar
  • George Marinelli — electric guitar
  • Steve Nathan — piano
  • Brent Mason — electric guitar
  • Kim Richey — background vocals
  • Biff Watson — acoustic guitar
  • Lonnie Wilson — drums


Agnetha Fältskog version[edit]

"When You Walk in the Room"
Single by Agnetha Fältskog
from the album My Colouring Book
Released 2004
Format CD single
Genre Europop, pop
Length 3:36
Label WEA
Producer(s) Agnetha Fältskog, Anders Neglin
Agnetha Fältskog singles chronology
"If I Thought You'd Ever Change Your Mind"
(2004)
"When You Walk in the Room"
(2004)
"Sometimes When I'm Dreaming"
(2004)

"When You Walk in the Room" was the second single from Agnetha Fältskog's 2004 album, My Colouring Book, her first in 17 years. The single was not as successful as "If I Thought You'd Ever Change Your Mind", peaking at No. 11 in Sweden and a No. 34 in the UK, where it remained in the chart for only two weeks. It was remixed by Almighty and Soundfactory.

Other notable covers[edit]

  • The pop band Child released the song as a single in 1978, reaching number-38 in the UK Charts.
  • Cilla Black recorded her version in the 70s.
  • South African singer Ray Dylan covered it on his album "Goeie Ou Country vol 3" [9]
  • Australian indie pop band Architecture in Helsinki covered the song on their 2014 album NOW + 4EVA.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ RCS Chronological Index For November 1963
  2. ^ "Jackie DeShannon: Charted Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Paul Carrack version USA chart history, Billboard. Retrieved December 16, 2011.
  4. ^ Paul Carrack UK chart history, The Official Charts. Retrieved December 16, 2011.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2653." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. November 14, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  6. ^ "Pam Tillis Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Pam Tillis.
  7. ^ "Best of 1994: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  8. ^ Sweetheart's Dance (CD booklet). Pam Tillis. Arista Records. 1994. 18758. 
  9. ^ http://www.musica.co.za/cd/id/6005298031754/Ray_Dylan-Goeie_Ou_Country_-_Vol3 Retrieved 10 January 2014