When You Walk In The Room

Album: The Very Best Of Jackie DeShannon (1963)
Charted: 99
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  • This uptempo composition by a youthful Jackie DeShannon has one of the most recognisable riffs of the 1960s, on a par with "Smoke on the Water." A massive hit that has been covered by many artists from Paul Carrack to Agnetha Fältskog to Status Quo, the definitive version was recorded by The Searchers with heavy emphasis on that wonderful riff.

    The original version was released on the Liberty label November 23, 1963 as the B-side of "Till You Say You'll Be Mine." Produced by Dick Glasser, it runs to 2 minutes 35 seconds, and might have been buried because the day before its release the President of the United States was assassinated, and the day after it was released, the assassin was assassinated. These two events would spawn a large number of songs including the contemporary "In The Summer Of His Years" and later "Dallas 1pm" and "Jack Ruby" to begin with. Fortunately, the Kennedy Assassination did not completely drown out all other news, and the song was picked up on the other side of the Atlantic. The September 1964 cover by The Searchers which was backed by "I'll Be Missing You" and reached #3 on the UK chart, #35 in the US.
  • In an October 2001 interview with Ken Paulson, Jackie DeShannon said it was still one of her favorites, a show opener, and timeless: "I think we all have that spark when somebody walks in the room that we feel an emotional tie. That's how we feel." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2
  • Pam Tillis took this song to #2 on the Country chart in 1994 with her cover version.
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