When You Walk in the Room

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"When You Walk in the Room"
Single by Jackie DeShannon
from the album Breakin' It Up on The Beatles Tour!
A-side "Till You Say You'll Be Mine"
Released November 23, 1963 (1963-11-23)
Format 7" vinyl
Genre Pop
Length 2:35
Label Liberty 55645
Writer(s) Jackie DeShannon
Producer(s) Dick Glasser
Jackie DeShannon singles chronology
"Little Yellow Roses"
"Till You Say You'll Be Mine" / "When You Walk in the Room"
"Oh Boy"

"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]

"When You Walk in the Room"
Single by The Searchers
B-side "I'll Be Missing You"
Released September 1964 (1964-09)
January 1988 (1988-01) (re-release)
Format 7" vinyl
Genre Merseybeat, pop rock
Length 2:22
  • Pye 7N.15694 (UK)
  • Kapp K-618 (USA)
Writer(s) Jackie DeShannon
The Searchers singles chronology
"Someday We're Gonna Love Again"
"When You Walk in the Room"
"What Have They Done to the Rain"

The song was recorded by The Searchers in 1964. This version became an international hit, reaching #35 in the US and #3 in the UK.

Another early hit for Jackie DeShannon, "Needles and Pins", written by Jack Nitzche and a little known at the time songwriter from Detroit by the name of Sonny Bono, was covered by the Searchers also.

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
B-side "Somebody to Love"
Released October 1981 (1981-10)
Format 7" vinyl
Genre Country
Length 2:27
Label Warner Bros./Curb
Writer(s) Jackie DeShannon
Producer(s) Ray Ruff
Stephanie Winslow singles chronology
"I've Been a Fool"
"When You Walk in the Room"
"Slippin' and Slidin'"

Stephanie Winslow, is an American country music artist. Her version reached #29 on the U.S. country singles charts.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
US Billboard Hot Country Songs 29

Paul Carrack version[edit]

"When You Walk in the Room"
Single by Paul Carrack
from the album One Good Reason
B-side "Collrane"
Released April 1987 (1987-04)
Genre Rock
Length 3:25
Label Chrysalis CHS 3109
Writer(s) Jackie DeShannon
Producer(s) Christopher Neil
Paul Carrack singles chronology
"A Little Unkind"
"When You Walk in the Room"
"Don't Shed a Tear"

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

Pam Tillis version[edit]

"When You Walk in the Room"
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Single by Pam Tillis
from the album Sweetheart's Dance
B-side "'Til All the Lonely's Gone"
Released July 1994 (1994-07)
Genre Country
Length 2:43
Label Arista Nashville 07822-12726-7
Writer(s) Jackie DeShannon
  • Pam Tillis
  • Steve Fishell
Pam Tillis singles chronology
"Spilled Perfume"
"When You Walk in the Room"
"Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)"

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
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


Compiled from liner notes.[8]

Agnetha Fältskog version[edit]

"When You Walk in the Room"
Single by Agnetha Fältskog
from the album My Colouring Book
Released June 14, 2004 (2004-06-14)
Format CD single
Genre Europop, pop
Length 3:36
Label WEA
Writer(s) Jackie DeShannon
  • Agnetha Fältskog
  • Anders Neglin
  • Dan Strömkvist
Agnetha Fältskog singles chronology
"If I Thought You'd Ever Change Your Mind"
"When You Walk in the Room"
"Sometimes When I'm Dreaming"

"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 #11 in Sweden and #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]


  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 – 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.