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I Walk With Music: Songs About Walking

“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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Mark Chilla

Mark Chilla, originally from Atlanta, GA, is the Production Director at WFIU, where he also hosts Ether Game and Afterglow. He studied music theory at Indiana University and taught various music theory courses at IU and Butler University. He enjoys film, woodworking, learning new instruments and the Beatles.

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