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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.
A band so baffling, even their names were contrived. Check your score in the Ramones version of Fact or Fiction.
The Creed lead singer reveals the "ego and self-fulfillment" he now sees in one of the band's biggest hits.
Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum
Dave explains how the video appropriated the meaning of "Runaway Train," and what he thought of getting parodied by Weird Al.