I Don't Want to Walk Without You

Helen Forrest, Harry James & His Orchestra, Frank Loesser

About I Don't Want to Walk Without You

"I Don't Want to Walk Without You" is a popular song. The music was written by Jule Styne with the lyrics by Frank Loesser. Composer Irving Berlin was a huge admirer of the song. Berlin reportedly said that of all the songs by other composers he had heard, he would have been most proud to have written "I Don't Want to Walk Without You". Writing of Berlin's praise for the song, Loesser wrote in his diary, "Irving Berlin came in today and spent a solid hour telling me that 'Walk' is the best song he ever heard. He played and sang it over, bar by bar, explaining why it's the best song he ever heard. I was flattered like crazy."A review in the trade publication Billboard called the composition "one of those natural songs with a down-to-earth story that boy sings to girl and vice versa, with a matching melody that makes it contagious on the first listen". The song was published in 1941. "I Don't Want to Walk Without You" was first performed in the 1942 Paramount Pictures film, Sweater Girl, by actress Betty Jane Rhodes. In 2012, Tom Vallance of The Independent wrote of Rhodes' performance, "Her place in the history of popular song is secured by her having introduced on screen one of the great songs of wartime longing, "I Don't Want to Walk Without You".""I Don't Want to Walk Without You" became a number one pop hit for Harry James and his orchestra in 1942, with Helen Forrest as vocalist (Columbia 36478), and other charting versions that year were by Bing Crosby and Dinah Shore. Tommy Tucker also recorded the song on December 2, 1941 and Vaughn Monroe recorded it on November 24, 1941 (Bluebird 11399). There have been several charting versions of this song during the rock era. Phyllis McGuire charted with her 1964 version, and Barry Manilow released a version of the song in early 1980. It was the third single released from his album One Voice (1979). His rendition reached No. 36 on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 and No. 2 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Its best chart performance was in Canada, where it spent two weeks atop the Adult Contemporary chart. 


Year:
1998
2:51
78 
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All our friends keep knocking at the door
They've asked me out a hundred times or more
But all I say is, "Leave me in the gloom"
And here I stay within my lonely room
'Cause

I don't want to walk without you, Baby
Walk without my arm about you, Baby
I thought the day you left me behind
I'd take a stroll and get you right off my mind
But now I find that
I don't want to walk without the sunshine
Why'd you have to turn off all that sunshine?
Oh, Baby, please come back or you'll break my heart for me
'Cause I don't want to walk without you
No, sire

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Helen Forrest

Helen Forrest (April 12, 1917 – July 11, 1999) was an American singer. more »

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Written by: FRANK LOESSER, JULE STYNE

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