This was Patsy Cline's first hit song. She was signed to Four Star Records, who were a popular Country music label and had her record this song, which was written by staff songwriters Alan Block and Don Hecht. Cline didn't particularly like the song, but it suited her emotional delivery as she delivered this tale of loneliness and lost love.
The song got a big boost when Cline performed it on the variety show Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts and won that night's competition. It became a crossover hit, charting at #2 Country and #12 Pop, and established Cline as a Country singer capable of mainstream success.
Suggestion credit: Bertrand - Paris, France
This was featured in 3 different episodes of the ABC TV show Lost.
Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 21st 1957, Patsy Cline performed "Walkin' After Midnight" on the CBS-TV program 'Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts'; and was judged by the audience (via applause meter) as that night's winner... And less than a month later on February 17th her covered version entered Billboard's Top 100 chart; eventually it peaked at #12 and spent 16 weeks on the Top 100... It reached #2 on Billboard's C&W Tracks chart... It would be three years before she would enter the Top 100 again; in 1961 her "I Fall To Pieces" peaked at #12 and "Crazy" reached #9... R.I.P. Ms. Cline, born Virginia Patterson Hensley, (1932 - 1963).
Carolyn from Knoville, TnI think Patsy's unique voice was perfect for this. I'd love to hear some country music like this today.
Annie from El Paso, TxNot to put down Patsy, but Nina Diaz from the band Girl in a Coma totally improved this song. Her voice is so captivating!
Briar from Hazard, KyI do like this song. Nobody could do it better than Patsy. On a side note, Garth Brooks covered this song (Why Lord Why?) and ruined it.
Krista from Carbondale, PaKellie Pickler's version of this song is really good.