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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 Dionne Warwick.

Charting versionsEdit

"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:

[edit]Dionne Warwick versionEdit

The original version of "Walk On By" 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 #6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the 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. The song was ranked #70 on the Rolling Stone list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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

Chart (1964) Peak
US Hot 100 6
US R&B 1
US A/C 7
UK Singles Chart 8

[edit]Bobby Kris & The Imperials versionEdit

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

Chart (1966) Peak
Canada RPM 100 8

[edit]Isaac Hayes versionEdit

Funk/soul musician Isaac Hayes released a cover version in 1969 on his album Hot Buttered Soul and transformed the song into a twelve-and-a-half minute funk vamp. Edited for single release down to under 5 minutes, this single reached #30 on the U.S. charts.

Chart (1969) Peak
US Hot 100 30

[edit]The Stranglers versionEdit

In 1978, The Stranglers recorded a gritty punk-inspired version (with an extended organ solo) that hit #21 on the UK charts.

Chart (1978) Peak
UK Singles Chart 21

[edit]D-Train versionEdit

In 1982, funk duo D-Train recorded a UK and U.S. R&B/dance hit with the song in a boogie/funk cover.

Chart (1982) Peak
UK Singles Chart 44
US R&B 42
US Dance 45

[edit]Jo Jo Zep versionEdit

In 1983, Australian act Jo Jo Zep covered the song in a slow, moody version that featured electronics and synthesizers. The track was a minor hit in Australia, peaking at #55, but was a major hit in New Zealand, hitting #6.

Chart (1983) Peak
Australia 55
New Zealand 6

[edit]Sybil versionEdit

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."

Chart (1990) Peak
UK Singles Chart 6
US Hot 100 74
US R&B 3
US Dance 3

[edit]Gabrielle version (1997)Edit

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

Chart (1997) Peak
UK Singles Chart 7
Dutch Singles Chart 96

Cyndi Lauper version (2003)Edit

"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 #10 on the U.S. dance chart.

Chart (2004) Peak
U.S. BillboardHot Dance Club Play 10

[edit]Track listingEdit


  1. "Walk on By" (Eddie X club mix) 10:51
  2. "Walk on By" (Eddie X dub mix) 7:52
  3. "Walk on By" (live version) 3:26
  4. "Walk on By" (S.A.F. dub mix) 8:12
  5. "Walk on By" (S.A.F.'s Walk to the Dance Floor club mix) 8:10
  6. "Walk on By" (Tony Moran mix) 4:31

[edit]Seal version (2005)Edit

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, including #57 in Austria, #49 in Germany, and #46 in Switzerland.Edit

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