Walk On By: selected recordings, arranged by genre

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Walk On By (m. Burt Bacharach, w. Hal David)

From Wikipedia:

The original version of “Walk On By” was recorded at the same December 1963 session that yielded [Dionne Warwick’s] hit “Anyone Who Had a Heart”. “Walk On By” was the follow-up to that single, released in April 1964 and reaching #6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Cashbox’s R&B chart.[1]


Dionne Warwick – b/w “Any Old Time of Day” (Burt Bacharach & Hal David) — produced by Burt Bacharach & Hal David, arranged by Burt Bacharach, Scepter single 1274, April 1964 (#6)

(below) music video from French TV, taped on the roof of la Maison de la Radio à Paris (aired 12 October 1964) — A “concept video” where, despite the lovelorn state she sings about, Dionne finds herself surrounded by a large group of lurking men who alternately walk, sit, strike poses, and stare darkly at her while she remains aloof to their attentions and clings to a small stuffed animal

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Soul interpretations

Aretha Franklin — from her 1964 LP Runnin’ Out of Fools, Columbia CL 2281 (Mono), Columbia CS 9081 (Stereo), released on 16 November 1964

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Lou Johnson — issued in August 1967 on the single Big Top 104, b/w “Little Girl” (Allen Toussaint)

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Isaac Hayes — A twelve-minute interpretation of “Walk On By” became the first track on Hayes’s 1969 album Hot Buttered Soul, released in September 1969. Preceding the LP by a couple of months, a 4 minute, 20 second edit was issued in July 1969 as the B-side of the single By the Time I Get to Phoenix, on Enterprise Records ENA-9003. The single peaked at #30 on the Hot 100. About another minute was lopped off for the following television lip-synch performance.

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Rhetta Hughes — from her 1969 album Re-Light My Fire, Tetragrammaton Records ‎ T-111 — arranged by Mike Terry

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The Dells — from the 1972 LP The Dells Sing Dionne Warwicke’s Greatest Hits, Cadet Records CA 50017

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1973 Law of the Land-Undisputed Truth, Gordy G 963L (LP)-1-d45

The Undisputed Truth — from their 1973 LP Law of the Land, Gordy G 963L

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Laura Nyro — from the posthumous album Angel in the Dark, recorded in 1994-1995 and released in 2001

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Isaac Hayes — Live at the 2005 Montreux Jazz Festival, 2 July 2005

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Yazmin Soul — evidently incomplete, published at YouTube on 21 May 2014; an alternate version at SoundCloud has a longer introduction, but it’s incomplete and shorter than this one.

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Jazz, Jazz Fusion, and Smooth Jazz versions (artist name links to external video)

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Ska: Reggae and other Jamaican styles

1980 Walk On By-Motion-Blue Inc INCD 10Sugar Minott (2)

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Easy Listening, Vocal Pop, and Instrumental

vocal group and vocal solo

instrumental

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Funk-Soul

The Capprells with the Sul Brothers Band — B-side of the single “Close Your Eyes” (B. Petkere) Bano B-100, issued in 1975

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R&B Dance

1970s — Disco

Gloria Gaynor — single MGM 14808, b/w “Real Good People” — a longer version appeared on Gaynor’s 1975 LP Experience

1980s — Post-Disco, Electronic, Funk/Soul

D Train — 12″ 33 1/3 RPM single issued in August 1982, Prelude PRL D 638 (length 5:53)

Other released versions by D Train include:

  • track on 1982 LP You’re the One for Me, Prelude Records PRL-14105, PRL 14105 (5:17)
  • 7″ 45 RPM single Prelude Records PRL 8057, b/w “Tryin’ to Get Over,” issued in 1982 (3:17)

1980s — New Jack Swing

Sybil — 1989

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Choral

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