Johnny Smith - Walk Don't Run
March 03, 2017 1567Views

Johnny Smith - Walk Don't Run

Wikipedia: "Walk, Don't Run" is an instrumental composition written and first recorded by jazz guitarist Johnny Smith in 1954.The tune is essentially a contrafact of the chord changes to the standard "Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise".
After hearing a Chet Atkins recording of "Walk Don't Run", the Tacoma-based instrumental rock band the Ventures released their version of the tune as a single in spring 1960 on Dolton Records. This version is often regarded as one of the first surf songs to make the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at #2 and reaching #3 on the Cash Box magazine chart for five weeks in August and September 1960.The Dolton release of this record had two backing sides, the first release (Dolton 25) had "Home", and after initial sales were so great (to gain royalties), the B side was replaced with a Bogle-Wilson original composition, "The McCoy" (Dolton 25-X).
This single, their first national release, vaulted the Ventures' career. The song was recorded before the band officially had a drummer. The Ventures' website lists "the drummer on Walk, Don't Run as Skip Moore, not Howie Johnson as many assume. Skip was given the choice of $25 or 25% of the money the record would make for playing on the session. He took the $25".[citation needed] Bob Bogle played the lead guitar part on this first Ventures recording of the song. The band would later rerecord the song in 1964 (see below), and would become the first band to score two top ten hits with two versions of the same song.