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I'm Walking by Fats Domino

Album: Here Stands Fats DominoReleased: 1957Charted:
  • This was inspired by a comment by a fan to Fats Domino after Domino's car broke down: "Hey, look at Fats Domino, he's walking!" Domino then thought to himself, "Yeah, I'm walking," and wrote the song as he walked. (thanks, Brad Wind - Miami, FL)
  • At baseball games, this is often played when a player for the home team draws a walk.
  • This is the song that launched the music career of Ricky Nelson, who had 34 Top 40 hits in the US between 1957-1964. Nelson was starred with his real-life parents on the popular TV show The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, which ran 1952-1966 on ABC. According to Nelson's biographer Philip Bashe, Ricky got the urge to record when he was 16 years old and on a date with a girl who told him how much she loved Elvis, prompting Ricky to tell her Elvis wasn't that special and that he was going to make his own record. After a few years pestering his dad, Ricky convinced Ozzie - who was a popular band leader in the '30s - to let him record this Fats Domino song, which contained the only two chords he knew how to play. It became a surprise hit, equaling Domino's #4 chart placing.after he performed it on The Ozzie And Harriet Show.
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On June 1st 1957, Ricky Nelson appeared on the NBC-TV music variety special 'Five Stars* for Springtime'...
At the time he had two records on Billboard's Top 100 chart; "A Teenager’s Romance" was at #13, while the record's flip-side, "I'm Walkin'", was at #17...
"A Teenager’s Romance" would peak at #8 on the Top 100; while #17 was the peak position for "I'm Walkin'"...
* The four other 'Stars' that appeared on the special were Gordon McRae, Patti Page, Nat 'King' Cole, and Andy Williams.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
On April 10th 1957, Ricky Nelson performed his covered version of "I'm Walkin'" on the ABC-TV weekly sitcom 'The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet'*; it was the first time he sang on his parent's TV show...
Just under a month later on May 6th, 1957 the song entered Billboard's Top 100 chart at position #52, actually it was tied at #52 with Ivory Joe Hunter's "Empty Arms"...
And on May 23rd, 1957 it would peak at #4 {for 1 week} on Billboard's Best Sellers in Stores chart...
The following week it was at #2, but not as a solo, it shared the runner-up spot with the record's flip-side, "Teenages' Romance"...
The week Ricky's "I'm Walkin'" was at #4, Fats Domino's original version was at #33 on the Top 100 chart...
* Interestingly enough, the episode was called 'Ricky the Drummer'.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
On February 22th 1958, the Alan Freed rock' n roll movie 'The Big Beat' had its world premier in Detroit, MI...
Fats Domino appeared in the movie, and performed "I'm Walkin'", one year earlier on March 3rd, 1957 it entered Billboard's Top 100 chart; eventually it peaked at #4 and spent almost a half-year on the Top 100 (25 weeks)...
And on March 23rd, 1957 it reached #1 (for 6 weeks) on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
Was the third in a string of four straight Top 10 hits on the Top 100 by Fats; started with "Blueberry Hill" (#2 for 3 weeks), "Blue Monday" (#5), this one, and finally "Valley of Tears (#6)...
Mr. Domino, born Antoine Domino Jr., will celebrate his 86th birthday in four days on February 26th (2014).
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
This is a great hit for Fats from 1957. I was ten years old and had listening to rock & roll for a few years by then and just loved the R&B connection. I became a Fats Domino fan too. "I'm Walking" was even recorded by Ricky Nelson, but never preferred his version of the song because it just sounds so "anemic." Fats' original has such a great beat and great tempo to it. Why accept less than the original?Randy - Fayettevile, Ar
This was a great hit for Fats in 1957. In my area of Oklahoma in 1957 it went to #1. Billboard magazine has it at #4, but back then most teen rock fans preferred watching the music charts of their favorite AM radio stations. I know---I was a rock-crazed teenager back then. And I didn't ever hear Ricky Nelson's version of Fats' hit. I never heard Nelson's record on any radio stations in my region at all. Besides, back then the original was the best. I am surprised that Song Facts' site doesn't have more of Fats Domino's hits because he had a very long string of hits. "I'm Walking" has a great rhythm feeling to it that only Fats can give it. After hearing Ricky Nelson's version, I must say that Fats' original wins hands-down! This is true rhythm & blues and rock & roll.Elmer H - Westville, Ok
The flip-side of "I'm Walking" was titled "I'm In The Mood For Love", an old standard from 1935. Fats did a great job with this song!!!Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
I've never heard Ricky Nelson's version, but I like the original a lot. I didn't even know his version existed until I heard it on the radio a few weeks ago. I'm 17 years old, and don't know much of that kind of music. I really like it though.Stefanie - Rock Hill, Sc
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