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"Walk On By"
Walk On By Dionne Warwick.jpg
Single by Dionne Warwick
from the album Make Way for Dionne Warwick
B-sideAny Old Time of Day (Bacharach & David)
ReleasedApril 26, 1964
Format7" single
RecordedJuly 9, 1964 at Bell Sound Studios, November 22, 1963
GenreSoul, pop
LabelScepter 1274
Writer(s)Burt Bacharach
Hal David
Producer(s)Burt Bacharach
Hal David
Dionne Warwick singles chronology

"Walk On By" is a song composed by Burt Bacharach, with lyrics by Hal David. The song was originally recorded in 1964 by Dionne Warwick on her album, Make Way for Dionne Warwick. Warwick's version peaked at number 6 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for a 1965 Grammy Award for the Best Rhythm and Blues Recording. Isaac Hayes recorded the song five years later, in 1969, and reached number 30 on the Hot 100 chart and number 13 in the R&B charts[1] with his version. "Walk On By" has since charted numerous times in various countries, with wildly different arrangements. The following entries discuss the chart versions of the song, in the order in which they appeared.


  • 1 Dionne Warwick original version
    • 1.1 Chart performance
  • 2 Bobby Kris & The Imperials version
    • 2.1 Chart performance
  • 3 Isaac Hayes version
    • 3.1 Chart performance
  • 4 The Stranglers version
    • 4.1 Chart performance
  • 5 Average White Band version
    • 5.1 Chart performance
  • 6 D-Train version
    • 6.1 Chart performance
  • 7 Jo Jo Zep version
    • 7.1 Chart performance
  • 8 Melissa Manchester version
    • 8.1 Chart performance
  • 9 Sybil version
    • 9.1 Chart performance
  • 10 Gabrielle version
    • 10.1 Chart performance
  • 11 Cyndi Lauper version
    • 11.1 Chart performance
  • 12 Seal version
    • 12.1 Chart performance
  • 13 Versions
  • 14 References
  • 15 External links

Dionne Warwick original version

The original version of "Walk On By" by Dionne Warwick was recorded at the same December 1963 session that yielded her hit "Anyone Who Had a Heart". "Walk On By" was the follow-up to that single, released in April 1964 and reaching number 6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 on the Cashbox's R&B chart.[2] (Billboard did not print rhythm and blues charts during 1964, the year of the song's peak performance.) The song also reached the top 10 in a brief run on Billboard's easy listening survey. The song was ranked number 70 on the Rolling Stone list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, the second highest song by a solo female on the list after "Respect" by Aretha Franklin.[3]

Session drummer Gary Chester played on this recording.[4] Other musicians included Artie Butler and Paul Griffin on piano, George Duvivier on bass, Irwin Markowitz and Ernie Royal on trumpet, Bill Suyker and Allen Hanlon on guitar, Max Pollikoff, Charles McCracken, Eugene Orloff and Julius Held and George Ockner on violin, Harold Coletta on viola, Lucien Schmit on cello, Paul Winter on saxophone, and George Devens on percussion.

Warwick also recorded a German version of the song, entitled "Geh Vorbei".[5]

Bobby Kris & The Imperials version

The Toronto folk-rock group Bobby Kris & The Imperials released a fairly straight-ahead cover version in late 1965. The single became a major hit in Canada, reaching number 8 in early 1966, but "Walk On By" was to be the band's only hit.

Isaac Hayes version

"Walk On By"
Single by Isaac Hayes
from the album Hot Buttered Soul
B-side"By the Time I Get to Phoenix"
Released1969 (1969)
GenreFunk, soul, psychedelic soul
Writer(s)Burt Bacharach
Hal David
Isaac Hayes singles chronology

Funk/soul musician Isaac Hayes released a cover version of "Walk on By" in 1969 for his studio album Hot Buttered Soul and transformed the song into a twelve-minute funk vamp. Edited for single release down to under 5 minutes, this single reached number 30 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. This version was also featured in the film Dead Presidents and is sampled in 1996 by Hooverphonic in "2 Wicky" and in R&B singer Beyoncé's 2016 song "6 Inch".

The Stranglers version

In 1978, The Stranglers recorded a punk rock sounding version of "Walk on By" (with an extended organ solo) that hit No. 21 on the UK Singles Chart.[6] The video for the Stranglers' version was based on the 1966 movie "Blowup" and was filmed in the same location as the movie, Maryon Park in London.[7]

Average White Band version

The Average White Band cut a lightly disco-tinged version (featuring reggae and funk underpinnings) that charted in 1979. Though AWB is sometimes remembered as an instrumental band, their version of "Walk On By" was a vocal track—as were many of their other songs.

D-Train version

In 1982, "Walk on By" was covered by the funk duo D-Train who had a UK and U.S. R&B/dance hit with the song in a boogie/funk version.

Jo Jo Zep version

In 1983, Australian group Jo Jo Zep covered "Walk on By" in a slow, moody version that featured electronics and synthesizers. The track was a minor hit in Australia, peaking at number 55, but was a major hit in New Zealand, hitting number 6.

Melissa Manchester version

In 1989, "Walk On By" was covered by singer Melissa Manchester. Her version of the song hit number 6 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.

Sybil version

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 U.S. and UK hit with "Walk On By."

Gabrielle version

In 1997, UK singer Gabrielle released her version of "Walk on By" as the fifth and final single from her studio album, Gabrielle. It reached number 7 in the UK Singles Chart.

Cyndi Lauper version

"Walk on By" was the first single from Cyndi Lauper's 2003 covers album, At Last. It was also included on Lauper's 2004 DVD Live at Last. It was released as a promo only. Remixes of the song reached number 10 on the U.S. dance chart.

Seal version

Seal released a version of "Walk On By" as a single in January 2005. Though the song did not chart in his native UK, it made the lower reaches of the charts in several European countries.


  • Helen Shapiro recorded a version in 1964, released on her album Helen Hits Out! on Columbia Records.[8]
  • Roland Kirk recorded a version on his 1965 album Slightly Latin
  • Bobby Kris & The Imperials, 1965, see above
  • Jack McDuff on his 1966 album, Walk On By
  • The Miracles recorded a version on their 1966 album Away We a of two Dionne Warwick cover tunes on that album.
  • Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers recorded a version on their 1966 album Tough!.
  • Gábor Szabó recorded a jazz instrumental version on his album, Gypsy '66
  • Brenda & the Tabulations on their 1967 album, Dry Your Eyes
  • George Benson released a jazz version of the song on his 1968 album, Gilblet Gravy
  • Sherwin-Williams compilation of 1960s hits titled "Easy Does It (1968)."
  • Florence Ballard recorded a version in 1968 for her shelved solo debut album for ABC Records; after her firing from The Supremes and departure from Motown. The incomplete album was left unreleased until the 2001 compilation The Supreme Florence Ballard.
  • Stan Getz on his 1968 album of Bacharach & David versions "What The World Needs Now"
  • Johnny Mathis recorded the song for his 1968 album Love Is Blue (Johnny Mathis album); this version also appeared on the *The Beach Boys covered the song in a studio outtake for their 1969 album, 20/20.
  • Kiki Dee recorded a version of the song in 1969 for Motown Records during her work on the Great Expectations album, but the song was not released until 2005 on the retrospective album Kiki Dee - Love Makes The World Go Round: The Motown Collection
  • Isaac Hayes, 1969, see above
  • Thee Midniters recorded an instrumental version on their 1969 album "Giants"
  • We Five released a version as a single in 1969. It was featured on their album, The Return of the We Five.[9]
  • A 1960s garage rock version was recorded by The Outcasts from Manhasset, New York[10]
  • Grant Green recorded an instrumental version on his 1971 album, Live at Club Mozambique.
  • The Dells recorded a version on their 1972 album, The Dells Sing Dionne Warwicke's Greatest Hits, released on Cadet Records, produced by Charles Stepney
  • Cliff Richard with Olivia Newton-John for Cliff Live In Japan 72
  • Gloria Gaynor released her version on her 1975 album, Experience Gloria Gaynor
  • Kevin Coyne released the song as a single in 1976.
  • The Stranglers, 1978, see above
  • Average White Band, 1979, see above
  • D-Train, 1982, see above
  • Jo Jo Zep, 1983, see above
  • Vanilla Fudge on the 1984 album Mystery
  • Melissa Manchester, 1989, see above
  • Sybil, 1990, see above
  • Whitney Houston performed the song several times in 1994 during her Bodyguard Tour, and also performed it on her 1997 HBO special Classic Whitney Live from Washington, D.C..
  • Peter White released a version of the song on his 1994 album, Reflections[11][12]
  • Bobby Caldwell released a paced down version on his 1995 album, Soul Survivor
  • Laura Nyro recorded a version of the song that was included on her 2001 Angel in the Dark (posthumous album recorded 1994–1995)
  • Hooverphonic released a remix version of the song on their 1996 album A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular called '2 Wicky'
  • Maggie Reilly recorded a version of the song for his 1996 album, Elena.
  • Bob Baldwin released a version of the song on his 1997 album, Cool Breeze.[13][14]
  • UK singer Gabrielle, 1990, see above
  • The Mavis's contributed a version to the 1998 compilation To Hal and Bacharach, later included in their 2002 compilation Throwing Little Stones
  • Paul Carrack recorded a version on his 2001 album, Groovin'
  • Cyndi Lauper, 2003, see above
  • Seal, 2005, see above
  • Diana Krall recorded a jazzy version of the song on her 2009 album, Quiet Nights
  • Alicia Keys recorded a hip hop version of the song on 2003 mutli-platinum album, The Diary of Alicia Keys
  • Michael McDonald recorded a version on his 2008 album Soul Speak
  • Ronan Keating recorded the song for his 2011 album, When Ronan Met Burt
  • Robin McKelle & the Flytones - on their 2012 album Soul Flower[15]
  • Paul Rodgers recorded a version of it on his 2014 album The Royal Sessions.
  • Kendra Morris recorded a version for her 2013 album Mockingbird
  • Ansis Latvian version Tiesā bija klusums
  • Kelly Clarkson performed the song on "Top 5" week of season 1 of American Idol
  • Connie Francis recorded the song for her album, Connie Francis Sings Bacharach & David
  • Aretha Franklin
  • The Jackson Five recorded a live take of the Isaac Hayes version on their live soundtrack album Goin' Back to Indiana
  • Peter Nero
  • Alan Price
  • The Undisputed Truth on the album Law of the Land


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel, The Billboard Book of TOP 40 R&B and Hip Hop Hits, Billboard Books, New York 2006
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 609. 
  3. ^ "The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-09-13. 
  4. ^ "The Official Gary Chester Website - Discography". Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  5. ^ "Geh Vorbei (Walk On By)". You Tube. Retrieved 2015-08-03. 
  6. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 535. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  7. ^ "Vampire Diaries!". Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Tracks on Helen Hits Out! - Helen Shapiro (November 1964) - SecondHandSongs". Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  9. ^ We Five, There Stands the Door: The Best of We Five Retrieved March 7, 2012.
  10. ^ The Outcasts from Manhasset, New York discography at Discogs
  11. ^ "Reflections overview". 
  12. ^ "Reflections CD Sequel Is Next For Peter White". 
  13. ^ "Cool Breeze overview". * 
  14. ^ "CD Review of Bob Baldwin - Cool Breeze". 
  15. ^ JazzTimes

External links

  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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