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)
LabelLiberty 55645
Songwriter(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, 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 number 99.[2] The song has since been covered by many other artists.


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 song was produced using the "Wall of Sound" method of Phil Spector.[3]

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)
GenreMerseybeat, pop rock
Songwriter(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"

"When You Walk in the Room" was recorded by The Searchers in 1964, reaching #35 in the US and #3 in the UK. The group also recorded a German version titled "Wenn ich dich seh".[4]

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)
StudioArmstrong Studios, Melbourne
GenrePop rock
LabelMushroom Records
Songwriter(s)Jackie DeShannon
Producer(s)Joe Camilleri
The Sports singles chronology
"Boys! (What Did the Detective Say?)"
"When You Walk in the Room"
"Who Listens to the Radio"

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.[5]

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


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)
LabelWarner Bros./Curb
Songwriter(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'"

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
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
ReleasedApril 1987
LabelChrysalis CHS 3109
Songwriter(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 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
Australia (Kent Music Report) 7
Switzerland 18
UK Singles Chart[6] 48
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 90

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1987) Position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[8] 33

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)
LabelArista Nashville 07822-12726-7
Songwriter(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 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
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[9] 13
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[10] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[11] 51


Compiled from liner notes.[12]

Agnetha Fältskog version[edit]

"When You Walk in the Room"
Single by Agnetha Fältskog
from the album My Colouring Book
ReleasedJune 14, 2004 (2004-06-14)[13][14]
Songwriter(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"

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 number 11 in Sweden and number 34 in the UK, where it remained in the chart for only two weeks. It was remixed by Almighty and SoundFactory.


Chart (2004) Peak
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[14] 11
UK Singles (OCC)[15] 34


  1. ^ RCS Chronological Index For November 1963
  2. ^ "Jackie DeShannon: Charted Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 September 2010.
  3. ^ Leggett, Steve. "Jackie DeShannon Biography, Songs, & Albums". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 January 2022.
  4. ^ "The Searchers - Wenn ich dich seh - Deutsch - YouTube". YouTube.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Paul Carrack UK chart history, The Official Charts. Retrieved December 16, 2011.
  7. ^ Paul Carrack version USA chart history, Billboard. Retrieved December 16, 2011.
  8. ^ "Australian Music Report No 701 – 28 December 1987 > National Top 100 Singles for 1987". Australian Music Report. Retrieved 11 December 2019 – via Imgur.
  9. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2653." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. November 14, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  10. ^ "Pam Tillis Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Best of 1994: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  12. ^ Sweetheart's Dance (CD booklet). Pam Tillis. Arista Records. 1994. 18758.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  13. ^ "New Releases: Singles". Music Week. June 12, 2004. p. 27.
  14. ^ a b "Agnetha Fältskog – When You Walk in the Room". Singles Top 100. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  15. ^ "Agnetha Fältskog: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 23, 2020.