Walking the Dog

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"Walking the Dog"
Single by Rufus Thomas
from the album Walking the Dog
ReleasedUnited States 1963
FormatSingle
GenreR&B
Length2:30
LabelStax Records
Writer(s)Rufus Thomas
ProducerJim Stewart
 
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"Walking the Dog"
Single by Rufus Thomas
from the album Walking the Dog
ReleasedUnited States 1963
FormatSingle
GenreR&B
Length2:30
LabelStax Records
Writer(s)Rufus Thomas
ProducerJim Stewart

"Walking the Dog" (or "Walkin' the Dog") is a Rufus Thomas song. It was released on his 1963 album Walking the Dog. It was his signature hit and also his biggest, reaching number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1963 and remaining on the Hot 100 for 14 weeks.[1] The lyrics make frequent references to children's nursery rhymes.

The song was covered by The Rolling Stones in 1964. Unlike most Stones' recordings, the songs features harmony vocals on the chorus solely by Brian Jones and Mick Jagger (most early Stones songs feature either Keith Richards and Bill Wyman joining on backing vocals) making their recording of the song unique among their catalogue.

Many other artists have covered the song, including Aerosmith, Roger Daltrey, Green Day, Hans Theessink, The Flamin' Groovies, The Sonics, The Trashmen, Luv'd Ones, Bob Paisley and the Southern Grass and Ratt. It was performed live occasionally by the Grateful Dead in 1966, 1970, and the mid-eighties.

Releases[edit]

YearArtistAlbum
1963
Rufus ThomasWalking the Dog
1964
The Rolling StonesThe Rolling Stones
1964
Johnny RiversAt the Whisky à Go Go
1965
The SonicsHere Are the Sonics
1966
Mitch Ryder And The Detroit WheelsBreakout...!!!
1966
The Everly BrothersBeat & Soul
1966
Davy GrahamMidnight Man
1971
The Flamin' GrooviesTeenage Head
1973
AerosmithAerosmith
1975
Rick DerringerSpring Fever
1975
Roger DaltreyRide a Rock Horse
1976
Dr. FeelgoodStupidity
1979
John CaleSabotage/Live
1983
RattRatt
1993
Green DayDemos tape for Dookie
1998[2]
The TrashmenBird Call!: The Twin City Stomp of The Trashmen
2013
American Dog & FinDogatized (Song's name is changed to Rocking the Dog)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bullfrog's Pond Billboard Top 100. Retrieved on 20 January 2009.
  2. ^ CD Universe Previously unreleased track, recorded between 1961 and 1967.