Walkin’ My Baby Back Home


Roy Turk and Fred Ahlert

Walkin’ My Baby Back Home (m. Fred Ahlert, w. Roy Turk) — Early versions included 1931 hits by Nick Lucas, Ted Weems, The Charleston Chasers, and Lee Morse.

From Wikipedia:

A recording made by Jo Stafford on November 9, 1945, was released by Capitol Records as catalog number 20049, and on her album, Songs by Jo Stafford (catalog number B-D23).

Harry Richman recorded the song on November 4, 1947. This version was released by Decca Records as catalog number 24391.

A major hit version of it was recorded by Nat King Cole, on September 4, 1951 and released by Capitol Records as catalog number 2130. It went to #8 in 1952. The song also charted in 1952 at # 4 in a version recorded in February 1952 by Johnnie Ray, released by Columbia Records as catalog number 39750, and was the title song from the 1953 film starring Donald O’Connor, Janet Leigh, Buddy Hackett, and Scatman Crothers. In the film the song was performed by Donald O’Connor.

Tom Barratt (UK) – 1930


Nick Lucas-The Crooning Troubadour-1930s

Nick Lucas – 1931


Lucas must have liked the song because he was still doing it in 1951


The Charleston Chasers — recorded 1930 or ’31, says the video provider


(above, left) Annette Hanshaw, (right) Lee Morse

Annette Hanshaw – 1931


(below) This video splices together versions by Annette Hanshaw and Lee Morse, each recorded in 1931.


Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra – 1931

Louis Armstrong, t, v, ldr, speech / Zilmer Randolph, t / Preston Jackson, tb / Lester Boone, cl, as / George James, cl, ss, as / Alber t Washington, cl, ts / Charlie Alexander, p, speech / Mike McKendrick, bj, g / John Lindsay, sb / Tubby Hall, d. Chicago, 20 April 1931


Jo Stafford with Paul Weston and his Orchestra – 1945


Nat King Cole had a hit with a 1951 recording. But this one sounds like late 50s to me.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. David Shiffer
    Sep 21, 2016 @ 05:35:45

    I just discovered the sheet music recorded by Lonnie Ray and words & music by Roy Turk and Fred E. Ahlert in a collection from an estate that I purchased and am trying to find out if there’s any collection value.


  2. David Shiffer
    Sep 22, 2016 @ 17:25:28

    Johnnie Ray


  3. doc
    Sep 26, 2016 @ 16:11:13


    Probably not worth much, unless he signed it, or it’s a rare version. In a quick Google search I found many for sale at eBay, Amazon, etc., with prices ranging from $1.44 (+ shipping) to $9.99 (free shipping).



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