♫ Walk – Don’t Run ♫

Sometimes I prefer an instrumental over a song with lyrics.

Walk, Don’t Run is an instrumental composition written and originally recorded by jazz guitarist Johnny Smith in 1954.  The version you are about to hear was recorded and released by The Ventures in 1960 and is considered one of the top 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time.

There were two live versions that I would have liked to have used here, but the sound quality of this version is so far superior to either of the live versions that I had to go with this one.

12 thoughts on “♫ Walk – Don’t Run ♫

  1. Oh wow! Surfie culture! Reminds me of my brother, who loved surfing. Gunamatta Beach, close to where I am now in Portsea, was one of his favourite places to surf. A bright start to my day!

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  2. Wow! The Ventures! I think I owned every album they cut – and I wore them all out too! Of all the songs they did, Walk, Don’t Run was my favourite by far. I also liked their 1964 remake of the same tune. Great choice, Jill!

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  3. Jill, junior year in high school (1964) my buddies Leo and Larry had a small band. They played almost exclusively VENTURES and did it very well. It was a nice diversion from the protest and folk music that became prominent during that time. Thanks for the flashback.

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    • You should have joined their band … you could have been “The Three ‘L’s” Leo, Larry and Larry! I had forgotten about the Ventures until I went looking for a good instrumental to play last night. They did some cool stuff!

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