Walkin' My Baby Back Home (song)

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"Walkin' My Baby Back Home"
Song
LanguageEnglish
Published1930
GenreJazz
Composer(s)Fred E. Ahlert
Lyricist(s)Roy Turk

"Walkin' My Baby Back Home" is a popular song written in 1930 by Roy Turk (lyrics) and Fred E. Ahlert (music).[1]

The song first charted in 1931 with versions by Nick Lucas (#8), Ted Weems (also #8), The Charleston Chasers (#15), and Lee Morse (#18).

Other recordings[edit]

  • A recording made by Jo Stafford on November 9, 1945, was released by Capitol Records as catalog number 20049, and on her album, Songs by Jo Stafford (catalog number B-D23).
  • Harry Richman recorded the song on November 4, 1947. This version was released by Decca Records as catalog number 24391.
  • Maurice Chevalier recorded the song on February 22, 1931 for Victor Recirds in New York
  • A major hit version of it was recorded by Nat King Cole, on September 4, 1951 and released by Capitol Records as catalog number 2130. It went to #8 in 1952.
  • The song charted again in 1952 at #4 in a version recorded in February 1952 by Johnnie Ray, released by Columbia Records as catalog number 39750. Ray's version peaked at number 12 in the UK Singles Chart in November 1952.[2]
  • It was used as the title song for the 1953 film Walking My Baby Back Home, starring Donald O'Connor, Janet Leigh, Buddy Hackett, and Scatman Crothers.[3] In the film the song was performed by O'Connor.[4]
  • In 1962, Monica Zetterlund with Georg Riedel's Orchestra recorded a version of this song with Swedish lyrics by Beppe Wolgers entitled Sakta vi gå genom stan (lit. "Slowly we walk through the city"). It is a subtle tribute to Stockholm, and has in recent years been voted the most popular song about the Swedish capital (in a poll by Radio Stockholm). Zetterlund has had a Stockholm park named after her. The song was released on the Philips label.
  • In 1967, Ronnie Dove covered the song for his album Cry.
  • In 2008, Natalie Cole recorded the song as a virtual duet with her father and it was the first single for her album Still Unforgettable, released on September 9, 2008.
  • Elvis Costello (with acoustic guitar) performed a version as an encore in his Auckland, New Zealand concert, January 19, 2013 and in Troy, New York on November 6, 2013.

Other notable recorded versions[edit]

Popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://secondhandsongs.com/work/84373
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 451. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Record Research.
  4. ^ Walking My Baby Back Home (1953) - Soundtracks from Internet Movie Database