Only logged in members can reply and interact with the post.
Join SimilarWorlds for FREE »

“Walk, Don’t Run” – The Ventures

Instrumental piece composed and first recorded by Johnny Smith in 1954 and covered by Chet Atkins in 1957. The two jazz-oriented arrangements are excellent and I recommend listening to both of them.

The version of “Walk, Don’t Run” that I’ve posted here is by the Ventures. I’m guessing their up-tempo rock cover is the best-known version of the song. It was a big hit for the Tacoma, WA band, reaching #2 on the US singles chart in 1960 and #13 on the US R&B chart.

The Ventures’ recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2006 for “its lasting impact”. [i]Rolling Stone[/i] magazine has included it on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time.
JohnOinger · 41-45, M
@Rutterman Will I see my friend Nick Again Who now lives in Florida but use to live in Robinson
JohnOinger · 41-45, M
@Rutterman Will 1pebbles become my SW Groupie
Rutterman · 46-50, M
@JohnOinger Yes to all three questions.
JohnOinger · 41-45, M
@Rutterman nice
hunkalove · 61-69, M
One of the first songs I learned to play on guitar when i was 13 in 1963.
Rutterman · 46-50, M
@hunkalove Cool. Is it a difficult song to play?
hunkalove · 61-69, M
@Rutterman If I could play it at 13 it had to be easy. Another favorite was "Pipeline," an instrumental by The Surfaris. It's a surfin' tune but rather ominous sounding. When I played in country music roadhouses and a fight broke out we would stop whatever we were playing and go into "Pipeline."
Rutterman · 46-50, M
@hunkalove That reminds me of the roadhouse scene in [i]The Blues Brothers[/i]. The redneck crowd never settled down completely, but it got better after the band played the theme from Rawhide and "Stand by Your Man".
Howard Stern used to use this song as a backdrop for live commercials.
Rutterman · 46-50, M
@BridgeOvertroubledWaters I think so too. It's an early rock and roll classic.

Post Comment
100,000+ people following
Personal Stories, Advice, and Support
New Post
Associated Forums Topic Members