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I Walk With Music: Songs About Walking

Note: the audio for this show will be available Friday

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(“You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “Let’s Take A Walk Around The Block,” and other walking songs from the Great American Songbook (Photo Credit: Pixabay))

In the Great American Songbook, you’ll find songs written about some expected topics: love, youth, beauty, spring. Other common tropes however are a bit unexpected, like for instance, walking. Taking a walk might seem like a simple task … pedestrian, even. But a walk can also be an important time of reflection—or connection, if you’re sharing it with someone else. It’s also the perfect time for a song to be twirling around inside your head.

This hour, we’re taking a stroll with the walking songs of the Great American Songbook, including “I Walk A Little Faster,” “Would You Like To Take A Walk,” and “Love Walked In.”


Walking songs featured on this program:

  • Tony Bennett – I Walk A Little Faster (Coleman/Leigh)
  • Buddy Clark and His Orchestra, feat. Pee Wee Russell – I Walk With Music (Carmichael/Mercer)
  • Hoagy Carmichael – Walk It Off (Carmichael)
  • Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong – Would You Like To Take A Walk? (Warren/Dixon/Rose)
  • Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney – Let’s Take A Walk Around The Block (Arlen/Harburg/Gershwin)
  • Nat King Cole – Walkin’ My Baby Back Home (Ahlert/Turk)
  • Ella Fitzgerald – When My Sugar Walks Down The Street (McHugh/Austin/Mills)
  • Carmen McRae – Walking Happy (Van Heusen/Cahn)
  • Billie Holiday – On The Sunny Side Of The Street (McHugh/Fields)
  • Thelonious Monk – In Walked Bud (Monk)
  • Patsy Cline – Walkin’ After Midnight [Excerpt] (Block/Hecht)
  • Nancy Sinatra – These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ [Excerpt] (Hazelwood)
  • Bobby Troup – Walkin’ Shoes (Mulligan/Troup)
  • Louis Armstrong and the Mills Brothers – My Walking Stick (Berlin)
  • Sarah Vaughan – Love Walked In (Gershwin/Gershwin)
  • Jeri Southern – You Walked Out (Craig/Baker)
  • Lee Wiley with Billy Butterfield and his Orchestra – I Don’t Want To Walk Without You (Loesser/Styne)
  • Louis Armstrong – I’ll Walk Alone (Styne/Cahn)
  • Frank Sinatra – You’ll Never Walk Alone (Rodgers/Hammerstein)
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