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Vintage Video #1's: Leroy Van Dyke Says to "Walk on By"; Longest Country #1 for 52 Years

by VVN Music

56 years ago today (October 16, 1961), country singer Leroy Van Dyke went to the top of the Country Singles chart with "Walk on By".

Written by Kendall Hayes and Gary Walker and produced by Shelby Singleton, the two minute and 19 second gem was Van Dyke's only number 1 record and one of only three that reached the top ten, the others being "The Auctioneer" (1956 / #19 Pop / #9 Country) and "If a Woman Answers (Hang Up the Phone)" (1962 / #35 Pop / #3 Country).

"Walk on By" stayed at number 1 for nineteen non-consecutive weeks, the longest of any release until Florida Georgia Line's Cruise passed it in 2013.

"Walk on By" also became a major crossover hit, going to number 5 on the Hot 100 along with number 1 in Norway and 5 in the U.K.

Among the country greats that performed on the record were Hank "Sugarfoot" Garland (guitar), Harold "Pig" Robbins (piano), Buddy Killen (bass) and Harold Bradley (guitar).

This performance is from August 27, 1965 on the National Life Grand Ole Opry program.

The top five country singles on October 16, 1961:
  1. Walk On By - Leroy Van Dyke
  2. Tender Years - George Jones
  3. Under the Influence of Love - Buck Owens
  4. I Fall to Pieces - Patsy Cline / Jim Reeves
  5. It's Your World - Marty Robbins