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The song was originally given to pop singer Kay Starr ; however, her label rejected it. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band* - Live At The Main Point 1975 song was left unused until Hecht rediscovered it when writing for Four Star Records.
Originally Cline was not fond of "Walkin' After Midnight", but after making a compromise with her label Walking After Midnight - Patsy Cline - The Patsy Cline Story - Volume One recorded it. It garnered a strong response from viewers and was therefore rush-released as a single on February 11, Although the song was her only hit untilthe single version sold over one million copies and is often included on authoritative lists of the all-time greatest songs in country music.
Alan Block and Donn Hecht wrote the song ina few years before Cline recorded it. According to Hecht, after securing a songwriting contract with Four Star Records, his assignment was to pick an artist from the label whom he could compose a song for. Hecht was impressed by Cline's vocals and realized her voice was best suited to pop music. Among his catalog of pop-styled songs was "Walkin' After Midnight", originally intended for traditional pop artist Kay Starrand written in the key of B-flat.
Starr's record label had rejected the original version, and it was left unused for years. Hecht pawned his furniture, had a demo made with singer Lynn Howard, and played the demo for Cline's producer, who then played it to Cline over the telephone. Among the musicians were Harold BradleyGrady Martinand Bob Mooreall of whom would later play on Cline's later records in the early s. Country Music in Americacalled "Walkin' After Midnight" "bluesy";  Richie Unterberger of Allmusic also praised the song, calling its beat "bouncy" and its overall sound different from rockabilly and country music of the time.
Unterberger went on to say, "While Cline's vocal is a little restrained in comparison with the approach she used on her better-known sides in the early s, it's well-suited for the almost bemused aura of loneliness of the lyric. More than any of the other songs she recorded for the Zombie !
- Melx - Tales Of Dumb Noses Spitting Star label in the s, it anticipates the successful country-pop fusion of her crossover hits for Decca in the early s. On January 28,Cline was invited to perform a song on the CBS television program hosted by Arthur Godfrey entitled, Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scoutsa talent competition made up of rising young, unknown professionals.
Although Cline did not Mbira (Infusion Remix) - James Zabiela - Utilities to sing it, she performed the song during the program's pm slot. Because of the great amount of applause, Cline won first place in the show that night. The song quickly debuted on the Billboard charts, eventually peaking at No. The album, however, did not contain the flip side. Cline later re-recorded "Walkin' After Midnight" for Decca with a more "pop" arrangement that featured backing vocals and a pronounced "clip clop" percussion effect, as well as a modulation to the key of C for the final verse.
Although this version is sometimes heard as an "oldie" on country playlists, it is not the version that was the hit single. Cline's vocals from this recording were overdubbed with a jazzier arrangement for the soundtrack of Cline's biopic Sweet Dreams. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Margaret Jones. Da Capo Press. Retrieved 22 November University of Illinois Press, Jul 22, Patsy Cline singles. Issued during her lifetime. Issued posthumously.
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