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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.
Divided Souls: Musical Alter Egos
Long before Eminem, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj created alternate personas, David Bowie, Bono, Joni Mitchell and even Hank Williams took on characters.
The "Lowdown" and "Lido Shuffle" singer makes a habit of playing with the best in the business.