"When You Walk in the Room" is a song written and recorded by Jackie DeShannon, first released by her in 1963 but covered by many artists. The lyrics of the song attempt to detail the singer's emotions when in the presence of the person he or she loves. There is also an expression of frustration by the singer that he or she cannot manage to tell that person of his or her love.
DeShannon's original version was released as a single on November 23, 1963. as the B-Side to "Till You Say You'll Be Mine". It was later rereleased as a single A-side in September 1964, and later included on the album Breakin' It Up on the Beatles Tour. The single charted on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, peaking at #99.
The song was recorded by The Searchers in 1964 after they had already had success with another DeShannon song, "Needles and Pins". This version became an international hit, reaching #35 in the US and #5 in the UK. Though "Needles and Pins" was an early hit for Jackie DeShannon, it was written by Jack Nitzche and a little known at the time song writer from Detroit by the name of Sony Bono.
"When You Walk in the Room" was the second single from Agnetha Fältskog's 2004 album, My Colouring Book, her first in 17 years. The single was not as successful as "If I Thought You'd Ever Change Your Mind", peaking at No. 11 in Sweden and a No. 34 in the UK, where it remained in the chart for only two weeks. It was remixed by Almighty and Soundfactory.
Other notable covers
The pop band Child released the song as a single in 1978, reaching number-38 in the UK Charts.