Walk On By (Burt Bacharach and Hal David song)

Walk On By (Burt Bacharach And Hal David Song)

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"Walk On By" is a song composed by Burt Bacharach, with lyrics by Hal David. The song was originally recorded by, and a hit for, Dionne Warwick. It has subsequently been covered many times, and has been a hit for several other artists as well, including Gloria Gaynor, Isaac Hayes, The Stranglers, D-Train, Jo Jo Zep, Sybil, Gabrielle, Cyndi Lauper and Seal.

Charting versions

"Walk On By" has 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:

Dionne Warwick version (1964)

The original version of "Walk On By" was recorded at the same December 1963 session that yielded "Anyone Who Had a Heart", which, in 1964, became Warwick's second Top Ten hit. Released in April of that year, "Walk on By" became a landmark single, reaching number six on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number one hit Cashbox's R&B chart. (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.

Warwick also recorded a German version of the song, entitled "Geh Vorbei". on YouTube



Isaac Hayes version (1969)

Funk/soul musician Isaac Hayes 1969 cover on his groundbreaking album Hot Buttered Soul transformed the song into a twelve-and-a-half...
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