Walk On By (3:46)

Cover of The Bacharach & David Songbook

From The Bacharach & David Songbook and 205 other releases

“Walk on By” is a song composed by Burt Bacharach, with lyrics by Hal David for Dionne Warwick. It was recorded at the same December 1963 session that yielded “Anyone Who Had a Heart”, which, in 1964, became Warwick’s second Top Ten hit. Released in April of that year, “Walk on By” became a landmark single, reaching #6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The song also reached the top 10 in a brief run on Billboard’s easy listening survey, and was a Number One hit on Cashbox’s chart (Billboard did not print charts during 1964, the year of the song’s peak performance.)

Like many of Warwick’s 1960s Bacharach-composed singles, “Walk on By” was heavily covered in different ways, some of which gained significant chart success. One notable version was by / musician Isaac Hayes, whose 1969 cover on his groundbreaking album Hot Buttered Soul was transformed into a twelve-and-a-half minute funk vamp, breaking ground for singers to release songs surpassing five minutes. In 1978, The Stranglers recorded a gritty punk-inspired version that hit #21 on the UK charts. In 1982, singer D-Train recorded a US-only R&B hit with the song mixing up Warwick and Hayes’ versions. In 1990, singer Sybil, who had scored her biggest hit a year prior with a cover of Warwick’s “Don’t Make Me Over”, also scored a US R&B hit with this song.

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  • kissmylips22

    Keep on Walkin!!!!

    9 Apr 7:58pm Reply
  • Mangorei

    My, oh my, those sixties dance steps. Makes me long for reruns of Dean Martin and Flip Wilson variety shows.

    1 Apr 5:21pm Reply
  • smoothwoman

    "Walk On By">>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Walk

    24 Mar 12:47am Reply
  • mauroky_333

    A masterpiece

    17 Feb 6:54pm Reply
  • northstar1299

    So glad that the issue of inferior re-issues and re-takes has been resolved. Revel in the glory of this early '60s cut and the artistry of Dionne's phrasing. Passion and restraint have rarely been blended so tastefullly in the past 50 years!

    2 Oct 2013 Reply
  • becky1936

    Not the one I remember walking by to. ???

    8 Aug 2013 Reply
  • TWHsr

    Boy she is so good.

    11 Jul 2013 Reply
  • CanYouBlush

    some where on a two way street haha slow motion baby...i beat you to the Punch

    14 Jun 2013 Reply
  • ShielaAbrams

    Not feeling this version

    31 May 2013 Reply
  • justnice61

    This is not the original.

    23 May 2013 Reply
  • rikrijean

    ***A GOOD ONE~~THANKS MICKEY***

    3 Apr 2013 Reply
  • TWHsr

    So good.

    23 Mar 2013 Reply
  • JonathanWadman

    This is definitely not the version from the Bacharach and David Songbook.

    22 Mar 2013 Reply
  • discotequedude

    I want to listen to the fabulous original version of this song from 1963 not this unflattering, needless cover from 2006!

    28 Feb 2013 Reply
  • johnhsaab

    Fabulous Dionne a superstar have been a fan for decades

    21 Feb 2013 Reply
  • TWHsr

    So glad you did and liked it, so do I.

    5 Feb 2013 Reply
  • mountainrain

    got this amazing song from listening to your radio Ted :)

    26 Jan 2013 Reply
  • TWHsr

    Your so right Annea.

    18 Jan 2013 Reply
  • sunshinegirl979

    this is classic it will be eternal and so will dionne burt and hal

    16 Jan 2013 Reply
  • TWHsr

    And it's just as good in 2013 and probably always be. Happy New Year everyone.

    4 Jan 2013 Reply
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