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Walkin' My Cat Named Dog


Norma Tanega

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This was the only hit in both territories for the Californian singer-songwriter Norma Tanega. She explained the meaning of the song as follows: "I had always wanted a dog, but because of my living situation I could only have a cat; I named my cat dog and wrote a song about my dilemma." (courtesy: Ben McLane. Thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England)
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On April 16th 1966, Norma Tanega performed "Walkin' My Cat Named Dog" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
Two months earlier on February 20th, 1966 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #87; and on April 3rd it peaked at #22 (for one week) and spent 9 weeks on the Top 100...
It was her only Top 100 record; and as stated above it also reached #22 in the United Kingdom...
Ms. Tanega celebrated her 75th birthday three months ago on January 30th.
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
Gee, Norma, we hardly knew ya. Whatever this song was about, it had a unique, completely original sound. To this day, I can't think of any song like it. The lyrics suggested hope, change, potential, and just being who you were. A classic 60's anthem.
- Matthew, Toronto, ON
Norma was very good friends with Dusty Springfield
- Bill, Rensselaer, NY
I remember the tune when I was a kid. I'm a cat fan. My older cousins, who were all hippie radicals, used to play a lot.

Doug from Oakland wrote:

>>>"The song is about pot. "Happy sad and crazy wonders,choking up my mind with perpetual dreaming"

Are you sure it's about pot? You could get that high just from breathing the smoggy air in the LA basin.
- Steppenwolf, Out There, BC
The song is about pot.
"Happy sad and crazy wonders,choking up my mind with perpetual dreaming"
- Doug, Oakland, CA
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