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"
ReleasedNovember 23, 1963 (1963-11-23)
Format7" vinyl
GenrePop
Length2:35
LabelLiberty 55645
Songwriter(s)Jackie DeShannon
Producer(s)Dick Glasser
Jackie DeShannon singles chronology
"Little Yellow Roses"
(1963)
"Till You Say You'll Be Mine" / "When You Walk in the Room"
(1963)
"Oh Boy"
(1964)

"When You Walk in the Room" is a song written and recorded by Jackie DeShannon, released as a single on November 23, 1963[1] as the B-Side to "Till You Say You'll Be Mine".

It was re-released as an A-side in September 1964, and later included on the album Breakin' It Up on the Beatles Tour. The single charted on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #99.[2] The song has since been covered by many other artists.

Content[edit]

The song's lyrics 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.

The Searchers version[edit]

"When You Walk in the Room"
Single by The Searchers
B-side"I'll Be Missing You"
ReleasedSeptember 1964 (1964-09)
January 1988 (1988-01) (re-release)
Format7" vinyl
GenreMerseybeat, pop rock
Length2:22
Label
Songwriter(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" was recorded by The Searchers in 1964, reaching #35 in the US and #3 in the UK.

A German version by The Searchers is called Wenn ich dich seh. [1]

The Searchers' version of the song would be covered by The Young Veins.[citation needed]

The Sports version[edit]

"When You Walk in the Room"
Single by The Sports
from the album 'Reckless'
B-side"True Stories"/"Taxi Rank"
ReleasedJuly 1978 (1978-07)
Format7" vinyl
StudioArmstrong Studios, Melbourne
GenrePop Rock
Length2:32
LabelMushroom Records
Songwriter(s)Jackie DeShannon
Producer(s)Joe Camilleri
The Sports singles chronology
"Boys! (What Did the Detective Say?)"
(1978)
"When You Walk in the Room"
(1978)
"Who Listens to the Radio"
(1978)

Australian rock band The Sports released a version of the song as the second single from their debut studio album, Reckless. It reached #42 on the Australian Kent Music Report chart.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  • Side A "When You Walk in the Room" - 2:32
  • Side B1 "True Stories" - 2:34
  • Side B2 "Taxi Rank" - 2:25

Charts[edit]

Chart (1978) Position
Australian Kent Music Report 42

Stephanie Winslow version[edit]

"When You Walk in the Room"
Single by Stephanie Winslow
B-side"Somebody to Love"
ReleasedOctober 1981 (1981-10)
Format7" vinyl
GenreCountry
Length2:27
LabelWarner Bros./Curb
Songwriter(s)Jackie DeShannon
Producer(s)Ray Ruff
Stephanie Winslow singles chronology
"I've Been a Fool"
(1981)
"When You Walk in the Room"
(1981)
"Slippin' and Slidin'"
(1982)

The American country music artist Stephanie Winslow recorded a version of the song, reaching #29 on the US country singles chart.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
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"
ReleasedApril 1987 (1987-04)
Format
GenreRock
Length3:25
LabelChrysalis CHS 3109
Songwriter(s)Jackie DeShannon
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 #90 in the US and #48 in the UK.

It was also a Top Ten hit in Australia, peaking at Number 7.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1987–88) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[4] 48
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 90

Pam Tillis version[edit]

"When You Walk in the Room"
Pam Tills - When You Walk In.png
Single by Pam Tillis
from the album Sweetheart's Dance
B-side"'Til All the Lonely's Gone"
ReleasedAugust 6, 1994 (1994-08-06)
Format
GenreCountry
Length2:43
LabelArista Nashville 07822-12726-7
Songwriter(s)Jackie DeShannon
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 album Sweetheart's Dance. It was released as a single, peaking at #2 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. 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)[6] 13
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 51

Personnel[edit]

Compiled from liner notes.[9]

Agnetha Fältskog version[edit]

"When You Walk in the Room"
Whenyouwalk.jpg
Single by Agnetha Fältskog
from the album My Colouring Book
ReleasedJune 14, 2004
FormatCD single
GenreEuropop, pop
Length3:36
LabelWEA
Songwriter(s)Jackie DeShannon
Producer(s)
  • Agnetha Fältskog
  • Anders Neglin
  • Dan Strömkvist
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)

Former ABBA singer Agnetha Fältskog released her version of "When You Walk in the Room" as the second single from her 2004 album, My Colouring Book. The track peaked 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.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
UK (UK Singles Chart)[10] 34
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[10] 11
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[10] 53

Other notable covers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ RCS Chronological Index For November 1963
  2. ^ "Jackie DeShannon: Charted Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 September 2010.
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. p. 288. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. NOTE: Used for Australian singles and albums charting from 1970 until ARIA created their own charts in mid-1988.
  4. ^ Paul Carrack UK chart history, The Official Charts. Retrieved December 16, 2011.
  5. ^ Paul Carrack version USA chart history, Billboard. Retrieved December 16, 2011.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2653." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. November 14, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  7. ^ "Pam Tillis Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  8. ^ "Best of 1994: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  9. ^ Sweetheart's Dance (CD booklet). Pam Tillis. Arista Records. 1994. 18758.
  10. ^ a b c "top40-charts: Agnetha Faltskog - When You Walk In The Room". Monitor Latino Top 20. Retrieved September 22, 2017.