Walk On By: 69 selected recordings, arranged by genre


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 — issued in April 1964 on the single Scepter 1274 (also S-1274), b/w “Any Old Time of Day” (Burt Bacharach & Hal David) — each side produced by Burt Bacharach & Hal David and arranged by Burt Bacharach

(below) music video from French TV, taped on the roof of la Maison de la Radio à Paris; originally broadcast on 12 October 1964


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


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


Isaac Hayes

12 minute version from the album Hot Buttured Soul, Enterprise Records ENS-1001, released in September 1969


Preceding the LP by a couple of months, a 4:20 edit was issued in July 1969 on the single Enterprise Records ENA-9003, as the B-side of a similarly shortened edit of “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.” Each side of the single became a top 40 hit on both the Hot 100 and R&B charts, with “Walk On By” peaking at #13 on the R&B chart the week of 25 October 1969. About another minute was lopped off for the following television lip-sync performance.


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


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


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


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


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


yazminsoul — published at SoundCloud, c. 2014


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


Ska: Reggae and other Jamaican styles

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




Easy Listening, Vocal Pop, and Instrumental

vocal group and vocal solo




Juice — issued in 1973 on the single Ebony Sounds Records ‎ES 182, b/w “Juice”


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


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



  • 2013 — Angelaires — East Angels Choir, of East High School, Denver


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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sem
    Aug 10, 2017 @ 20:23:18

    You missed the Stranglers version! It’s not bad.



  2. almerighi
    Mar 28, 2021 @ 00:27:52


    Liked by 1 person


  3. musicdoc1
    Apr 14, 2021 @ 00:44:24




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