Walk, don't run is an instrumental song written by Johnny Smith . It is a contrafactum of the song Softly, as in a morning sunrise. He man on/10-inchplaatje for his EP In a sentimental mood.There is a known number of covers , including those of Chet AtkinsThe Ventures and John Barry. In addition, a number of artists took the number of who you would not expect that, because they came from another music genre. Herb Alpert and the Brass Tijuna, Sha-Na-NaThe Penguin Cafe Orchestra, the California Guitar Trio and Steve Howe took it on. a very different version is that of Tommy Leonetti. This is not instrumental; Dotty Faye wrote lyrics to the instrumental number. Music producer of this version was Chet Atkins.


Walk, don't run
Single from:

The Ventures

From the album:

Walk, don't run

B-side (s) Home (original)

The McCoy (later pressing) Cruel (version 64)

Released June 1960
Genre surf
Duration 2: 00
Tag Dolton
Writer (s) Johnny Smith
Composer (s) Johnny Smith
The Ventures

The twomp


Walk, don't run



Portal  [1]   Music

In June 1960 The Ventures brought out their version on Dolton Records. The Ventures were still in "building" because they had no permanent drummer. They switched Skip Moore for behind the drum kit. He could choose from 25 US dollar for reward or 25% of the revenue from sales. Skip Moore opted for $ 25. The song brought the career of The Ventures on gang as Walk, don't run took out the second place in the Billboard Hot 100in 18 weeks listing (third in Cashbox-list). In the United Kingdom took out the thirteen weeks listing with an eighth place. In the Netherlands took out the 15th place the month lists of the then hit parade. In 1964 The Ventures released a refreshed version on the market and also this took out the top 10 of Billboard (11 weeks with highest number 8). The guitar is to the foreground.

The implementation of The Ventures is sometimes considered the first picture in the surf style, which the American hit parade pulled out.

Radio 2 Top 2000[Edit]Edit

Number with listing (s)

in the Radio 2 Top 2000

' 99 ' 00 ' 01 ' 02 ' 03 ' 04 ' 05 ' 06 ' 07 ' 08 ' 09 ' 10 ' 11 ' 12 ' 13
Walk, don't run - 1871 - - 1975 - - - - - - - - - -

John Barry[Edit]Edit

Just after the release of the original version of The Ventures, was for the British market a version released by John Barry Seven, a band around the future James Bond composer. This version took out in fourteen weeks listing an eleventh place in the u.k chart. The music left nothing of the later James Bond-hear music.

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