Walk Through This World with Me (song)

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"Walk Through This World with Me"
Single by George Jones
from the album Walk Through This World with Me
B-side "Developing My Pictures"
Released January 1967
Genre Country
Label Musicor
Writer(s) Sandy Seamons
Kaye Savage
Producer(s) Pappy Daily
George Jones singles chronology
"Close Together (As You and Me)"
(1966)
"Walk Through This World with Me"
(1967)
"I Can't Get There from Here"
(1967)

"Walk Through This World with Me" is a song written by Sandy Seamond and Kaye Savage and recorded by American country music artist George Jones. It was released in January 1967 as the title track of his twenty-fourth album. The single was George Jones' fifty-seventh release on the country chart and his fourth number one. "Walk Through This World With Me" stayed at number one for two weeks and spent a total of nineteen weeks on the country chart.[1]

Recording and composition[edit]

According to Bob Allen's book George Jones: The Life and Times of a Honky Tonk Legend, Jones was less than enthusiastic about the musically middle-of-the-road love ballad that was almost inspirational in its unabashedly optimistic and romantic sentiments, and it was only at his producer H.W. "Pappy" Daily's insistence that he recorded the song at all. In the 1994 retrospective Golden Hits, Jones states that he was unhappy with his singing on the LP version and, after the song started getting heavy airplay in Chicago, he told his manager Pappy Daily that he wanted to recut it. "The single record on it was different," he asserted in the documentary, "even though it was almost the same. I did a little better job singing the single than I did on the album." Two years later he elaborated in his autobiography I Lived to Tell It All:

"At first I fought Pappy, telling him consistently that i thought the song was weak. He kept pitching it to me, and I kept telling him no. He regularly brought it to me at recording sessions, which meant that he brought it to me often...I couldn't believe that a song I had resisted so much had done so well."

Interestingly, for all his dominance of the country charts for most of his career, Jones would only score nine solo #1 hits in his lifetime, with "Walk Through This World with Me" being his first since "She Thinks I Still Care" in 1962. Jones would not score another #1 until "The Grand Tour" in 1974.

British Pop star Engelbert Humperdinck included "Walk Through This World with Me" on his 1967 debut album, Release Me.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1967) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 181. 
Preceded by
"I Won't Come In While He's There"
by Jim Reeves
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

April 1-April 8, 1967
Succeeded by
"Lonely Again"
by Eddy Arnold