Walkin' After Midnight

Album: Patsy Cline (1957)
Charted: 12
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • 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. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Leslie - Sherbrooke, QC
  • Garth Brooks covered this on his fourth album, The Chase. He admired Cline's strong mid-range vocal style, which he used as inspiration for his vocal treatment on the tune. Brooks' mother, Colleen McElroy Carroll, was also a singer in the 1950s and performed with Cline at the Louisiana Hayride, a country music show that was broadcast on radio and television.

Comments: 6

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1957 {April 11th} Patsy Cline's "Walkin' After Midnight"* peaked at #2 {for 2 weeks} on Billboard's 'Most-Played Country & Western Records On Juke Boxes' chart, for the two weeks it was at #2, the #1 record for both those weeks was "Gone" by Ferlin Husky...
    "Walkin' After Midnight" reached #12 on Billboard's Top 100 chart...
    Between 1957 and 1999 the Winchester, Virginia native had twenty one records on the Billboard C&W charts, nine made the Top 10 with two reaching #1, "I Fall To Pieces" for two weeks in August of 1961 and "She's Got You" for four weeks in March of 1962...
    Two of her twenty one charted records were duets, one with Jim Reeves {"Have You Ever Been Lonely (Have You Ever Been Blue), #5 in 1981} and one with John Berry {"There He Goes", #70 in 1999}...
    Sadly, Patsy Cline, born Virginia Patterson Hensley, passed away at the young age of 30 on March 5th, 1963 {died in the same plane crash that claimed the lives of Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins}...
    May all three R.I.P.
    * "Walkin' After Midnight" was Patsy Cline's first of two of her records to peak at #2, her other #2 record was "Crazy" for two weeks in January of 1962...
    And from the 'For What It's Worth' department, the remainder of the Most-Played C&W Records On Juke Boxes' Top 10 on April 11th, 1957:
    At #3. "There You Go" by Johnny Cash
    #4. "All Shook Up" by Elvis Presley
    #5. "Young Love" by " by Sonny James
    #6. "White Sport Coast" by Marty Robbins
    #7. "Am I Losing You" by Jim Reeves
    #8. "Honky Tonk Song" by Webb Pierce
    #9. "I'm Tired" by Webb Pierce
    #10. "Too Much" by Elvis Presley
  • 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.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Martyn Ware of Heaven 17

Martyn Ware of Heaven 17Songwriter Interviews

Martyn talks about producing Tina Turner, some Heaven 17 hits, and his work with the British Electric Foundation.

Dr. John

Dr. JohnSongwriter Interviews

The good doctor shares some candid insights on recording with Phil Spector and The Black Keys.

Goodbye, Hello: Ten Farewell Tour Fake-Outs

Goodbye, Hello: Ten Farewell Tour Fake-OutsSong Writing

The 10 biggest "retirement tours" that didn't take.

Gary Brooker of Procol Harum

Gary Brooker of Procol HarumSongwriter Interviews

The lead singer and pianist for Procol Harum, Gary talks about finding the musical ideas to match the words.

David Gray

David GraySongwriter Interviews

David Gray explains the significance of the word "Babylon," and talks about how songs are a form of active imagination, with lyrics that reveal what's inside us.

Jimmy Webb

Jimmy WebbSongwriter Interviews

Webb talks about his classic songs "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman" and "MacArthur Park."