Leroy Van Dyke

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Leroy Van Dyke
Birth nameLeroy Frank Van Dyke
Born(1929-10-04) October 4, 1929 (age 85)
Mora, Missouri, U.S.
Occupation(s)Singer, guitarist
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1956–present
LabelsDot, Mercury
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Leroy Van Dyke
Birth nameLeroy Frank Van Dyke
Born(1929-10-04) October 4, 1929 (age 85)
Mora, Missouri, U.S.
Occupation(s)Singer, guitarist
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1956–present
LabelsDot, Mercury

Leroy Frank Van Dyke (born October 4, 1929)[1] is an American country music singer best known for his hits "The Auctioneer" (1956) and "Walk On By" (1961).


Van Dyke was born in Mora, Missouri. He lived in Spencer, Wisconsin, but graduated from the University of Missouri majoring in agricultural journalism.[1] He was catapulted into country music fame in 1956 with his composition "The Auctioneer", co-written with Buddy Black, which sold over 2.5 million records.[1] He wrote the song about the life of his cousin, National Auctioneers Association Hall of Famer Ray Sims, also a Missourian. Van Dyke had the lead role of a budding country music performer in the 1967 movie What Am I Bid?, in which Sims played himself as an auctioneer.[1]

In his 50 years-plus career, Van Dyke has recorded more than 500 songs, dozens of them making the charts. His record of "Walk On By" (1961) was named by Billboard magazine in 1994 as the biggest country single of all time, based on sales, plays and weeks in the charts.[citation needed] It stayed at number one in the U.S. country chart for 19 weeks, and in all, charted for 42 weeks, also reaching No. 5 on the pop listings. It sold more than 1.5 million copies.[1]

Among the musicians with whom Van Dyke appeared was Allen "Puddler" Harris of Louisiana, later an associate of former governor Jimmie Davis.

Other Van Dyke hits were "If A Woman Answers", "Black Cloud", "Big Man In A Big House", "Anne Of A Thousand Days", "Happy To Be Unhappy", "Night People", "Be A Good Girl", "Dim Dark Corner", "Five Steps Away", "How Long Must You Keep Me A Secret", "Afraid Of A Heartache", "Big Wide Wonderful World Of Country Music", "Birmingham", "Just A State Of Mind", "Mr. Professor", "My World Is Caving In", "The Other Boys Are Talking", "Poor Guy", "Roses From A Stranger", "Texas Tea", "Who’s Gonna Run The Truck Stop In Tuba City When I’m Gone", "Wrong Side Of The Tracks", "Your Daughter Cried All Night", "Your Money" and "The Life You Offered Me".

In the UK Singles Chart Van Dyke had two hits: "Walk On By" reached No. 5 in February 1962, and "Big Man in a Big House" made No. 34 in May that year.[2]

He was a cast member in the late 1950s on ABC-TV's Ozark Jubilee; and was co-host, with Bill Mack, of the Southern Baptist Radio/TV Commission-produced Country Crossroads radio show for ten years, and was later joined by a third co-host, Jerry Clower. It became the most widely syndicated radio show in country music history.[citation needed]

Van Dyke continues a full performance schedule, traveling from his office/home complex on his 1,000-acre (4 km²) ranch in west central Missouri near Sedalia. He is a member of the National Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame, is active in many music industry organizations and, as a sideline, raises premium quality Arabian mules. All aspects of Leroy Van Dyke Enterprises are managed by his wife, Gladys, a former legal secretary and court reporter. Their son Ben plays lead guitar in all Van Dyke performances.



1962Walk On ByMercury
Movin' Van Dyke
1963The Great Hits
1964Songs for Mom and Dad
At the Trade Winds
1965Out of LoveWing
Walk On ByMt. Dew
The Leroy Van Dyke ShowWarner Bros.
1966Country Hits
1967Have a PartyMt. Dew
What Am I BidMGM
1968Lonesome IsKapp
1969Greatest Hits
Just a Closer Walk with Thee
I've Never Been Loved BeforeHarmony
1972Greatest HitsDecca
1973Golden HitsSun
1975Just for YouDot
1977Gospel GreatsPlantation
1978Rock Relics
1982Cross SectionAudiograph
1983Audiograph Live


YearSingleChart PositionsAlbum
US CountryUS
1956"The Auctioneer"919single only
1961"Walk On By"15Walk On By
1962"If a Woman Answers (Hang Up the Phone)"335Movin' Van Dyke
"Black Cloud"16The Great Hits
1964"Happy to Be Unhappy"54singles only
"Night People"45
1965"Anne of a Thousand Days"40
1966"You Couldn't Get My Love Back (If You Tried)"120
"Roses from a Stranger"34I've Never Been Loved Before
1967"I've Never Been Loved"66
"You May Be Too Much for Memphis, Baby"69Lonesome Is
1969"Crack in My World"56singles only
1970"An Old Love Affair, Now Showing"63
"Mister Professor"71
1971"I Get Lonely When It Rains"62
1972"I'd Rather Be Wantin' Love"69
1975"Unfaithful Fools"79
1976"Who's Gonna Run the Truck Stop in
Tuba City When I'm Gone?"
1977"Texas Tea"77


In 1967 Leroy Van Dyke was awarded the "Founding President's Award" (formerly "Connie B. Gay Award") from the Country Music Association.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 87. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 580. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 935. ISBN 0-89820-188-8. 
  4. ^ Founding President's Award (formerly Connie B. Gay Award) CMAWorld.com

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