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Leroy Van Dyke - Walk On By

Reached number # 1 on the US Billboard Hot C&W Sides charts, for 19 weeks it remained at number one, and remained a total of 37 weeks on the charts. The song was included in Leroy Van Dyke's debut album, “Walk on By” (Mercury 1961)

Walk On By

“Walk on By”, a song written by Kendall Hayes, was recorded by Leroy Van Dyke for the Mercury label, on May 12, 1961, in Bradley Film and Recording Studio, 804 16th Ave. South, Nashville, TN, in the session three other songs were recorded: “save me the moonlight”, my world is caving in “and” a broken promise “Leroy Van Dyke was joined in this recording session by: Hank Garland (guitar), Kelso Herston (guitar), Jerry Kennedy (guitar), Harold Bradley (bass guitar), Buddy Killen (bass), William Ackerman (drums), Hargus Robbins (piano) and Margie Singleton (vocal harmony). With the production of Shelby Singleton, the song was launched in August 1961, on September 25, 1961, reached number # 1 on the US Billboard Hot C&W Sides charts, for 19 weeks it remained at number one, and remained a total of 37 weeks on the charts.It the first and only number one in the career of Leroy Van Dyke.

 

The song was included in Leroy Van Dyke's debut album, “Walk on By” (Mercury 1961).

 

About Song:

 

“Walk on By” , was named by Billboard magazine as the greatest country music record in history.

The 19-week run of “Walk On By” is a record that stood for 51 years until “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line reached its 19th week at No. 1 on July 20, 2013; the following week, “Cruise” surpassed the standard when it recorded its 20th week at No. 1. Until Florida Georgia Line surpassed it in totals weeks at No. 1, “Walk On By” held the record for most weeks at No. 1 since the introduction of the all-encompassing Hot Country Songs (then called Hot C&W Sides) chart in October 1958; the all-time record for most weeks at No. 1 (50 weeks) is held by Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line's

 Some versions:

 Conway Twitty 1962 (MGM)

Paul Rich 1962 (Embassy)

The Cliffters 1962 (Philips)

Johnny Burnette 1962 (Liberty)

Roy Drusky 1962 (Decca)

Kay Starr 1962 (Capitol)

Patti Page 1962 (Mercury)

Warner Mack 1962 (Kapp Records)

Webb Pierce 1963 (Decca)

Cowboy Cups 1963 (Starday Records)

Connie Francis & Hank Williams, Jr 1964 (MGM)

Asleep at the Wheel 1988 (Epic)

Martina McBride 2006 (RCA)

And many more …………….

Miquel Batlle Garriga
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Leroy Van Dyke - Walk On By Lyrics

 

If I see you tomorrow on some street in town

Pardon me if I don't say hello (hello)

I be long to an other, it wouldn't look so good

To know someone I'm not supposed to know

 

Just walk on by, wait on the corner

I love you, but we're strangers when we meet

Just walk on by, wait on the corner

I love you, but we're strangers when we meet

 

In a dimly lit corner in a place outside of town

Tonight we'll try to say goodbye again (goodbye)

But I know it's not over, I'll call tomorrow night

I can't let you go, so why pretend



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