The Ventures – Walk don’t run (Leaping Ahead #43)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #43: 160212

[A song from 1960]

‘Walk don’t run’ is an instrumental composition written and first recorded by jazz guitarist Johnny Smith in 1954. After hearing a Chet Atkins recording of the tune, the Ventures released their version as a single in spring 1960 on Dolton Records. This made the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number 2 and reaching number 3 on the Cash Box magazine chart for five weeks in August and September 1960.The band re-recorded the song in 1964 and became the first to score two top ten hits with two versions of the same song.


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