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.
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 – 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.