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The group's founding duo, Bob Bogle and Don Wilson, chose this instrumental track as a single after being asked to perform it in concert a half dozen times each night. "It was their second single, after "Cookies And Coke" b/w "The Real McCoy."
Johnny Smith wrote this and was the first to record it. Chet Atkins also recorded it.
This got a push in The Ventures native Seattle when a local radio DJ used it to lead into every newscast.
In 1964, The Ventures released an updated version called "Walk Don't Run '64," which also made the Top 10 in the US. In addition to their 1960 and 1964 versions, The Ventures recorded completely new versions in 1968, 1977, 1986, and 2000. "Walk-Don't Run '77" is a Disco track. The 1986 one was sort of a Heavy Metal version, and the one in 2000 has a sax in it.
You may not recognize his name, but you will certainly recognize Peter Lord's songs. He wrote the bevy of hits from Paula Abdul's second album, Spellbound
, plus a collection of other classics for the likes of Aftershock, Ali and Goodfellaz.
Shaun Morgan of Seether
Shaun breaks down the Seether songs, including the one about his brother, the one about Ozzy, and the one that may or may not be about his ex-girlfriend Amy Lee.
Mike Love of The Beach Boys
The lead singer/lyricist of The Beach Boys talks about coming up with the words for "Good Vibrations," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Kokomo" and other classic songs.