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Leroy Van Dyke: Walk On By (CD)

1-CD with 36-page booklet, 30 tracks. Playing time approx. 70 mns.

'Walk On By' picks up Leroy van Dyke's story as he joined Mercury in 1961 and scored the biggest hit of his career with the international smash hit, 'Walk On By'. The most important Mercury recordings are here, including If A Woman Answers, Night People, Dim Dark Corner, Party Doll, Fireball Mailand the German language version of Walk On By.


Leroy Van Dyke is a completely professional entertainer; he can capture an audience's heart like few others in any style of entertainment. As such, he is also hard to categorize, and while his hit records have been bigger country hits than pop hits, they tend to cut across conventional lines, and several have been quite successful in the pop market. But the real truth about Leroy Van Dyke is that he is not primarily a recording artist.

The electricity that his live shows generate rarely comes across undiluted in recordings, especially in those made in the studio. As he admits, "I'm not a recording performer so much as I am a live performer. . . . I very seldom get turned on in the studio. I do get turned on in front of a live audience, and it's very difficult to capture that." Studio wizard Jerry Kennedy, who played on virtually all Van Dyke's Mercury studio sessions (and gained fame as producer of Jerry Lee Lewis and the Statler Brothers, among others), agrees that Van Dyke is principally a live entertainer: "Oh, definitely! I've heard people say that.

It's kind of like the Wayne Newton of the country field" Several contacts with Van Dyke in connection with television appearances ('Nashville Now'), were impressively marked by the professionalism he showed: paperwork was completed on time, songs were submitted on time, press kits were sent promptly, telephone calls were returned, and he was early for rehearsal. Country stardom was an unlikely goal for the middle child of Frank B. Van Dyke and Mary Irene Sims Van Dyke.

Born on the family farm near Spring Fork, Missouri, on October 4, 1929, Leroy Frank Van Dyke could as easily have followed either of his father's two professions, farming (his father farmed 3,000 acres) or trucking (his father operated a trucking company that transported furniture, livestock and freight in the area "from, as I recall, New Mexico to New England, and from up north to down south." Whatever young Leroy might turn out to be, hard work was something to which he was accustomed from an early age, "scooping endless bushels of corn, baling thousands of bales of hay, or playing mid-wife to a flock of sheep," as an early press release states.

With sister Mary Frances, four years older, and brother William Elbert, two years older, Leroy was active in helping around the farm from childhood, as were his younger siblings, Elmer Harold, five years younger, and the baby of the family, Elinor Cora, eight years younger. Education was obviously valued by his parents, who had been unable to afford college for themselves, for all five of their children attended college, with most of them receiving degrees beyond the undergraduate level.

It is an eloquent statement of the values inculcated by their parents that each child subsequently repaid the expenses of that higher education. Growing up, Leroy loved to sing, and did so at every opportunity: "I was always interested in singing, from the time I was a little kid, on up through high school and college; I sang in the mixed chorus in high school, in the University of Missouri Men's Glee Club, also in the church choir for three and a half years while I was in college." While the type of music of that singing was not yet entirely focused, it "leaned a little toward country.

Some of my earliest influences were memories of my Dad going downstairs and turning on the old battery-operated radio — we didn't have electricity — and listening to Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and the Sons of the Pioneers, and then, as I grew a little older and got into high school and college, then I listened to the Grand Ole Opry. My favorites then, of the Grand Ole Opry stars, became people like Hank Snow and Red Foley. Those were my earliest influences. Basically, Hiked all kinds of music. In my high school years, I liked pop music, but I also liked big band music and country music. I liked all good music."

An early press release quotes him, "I cut my teeth on the steering wheel of a truck and a scoop shovel. However, one day my father and I were hauling a load of corn, and he asked me what I planned to do for a living when I grew up to manhood...

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Dyke, Leroy Van - Walk On By (CD) CD 1
01Walk On ByLeroy Van Dyke
02If A Woman Answers (Hang Up The Phone)Leroy Van Dyke
03Black CloudLeroy Van Dyke
04Happy To Be UnhappyLeroy Van Dyke
05Night PeopleLeroy Van Dyke
06Big Man In A Big HouseLeroy Van Dyke
07Faded LoveLeroy Van Dyke
08Save Me The MoonlightLeroy Van Dyke
09My World Is Caving InLeroy Van Dyke
10Handful Of FriendsLeroy Van Dyke
11I Got A ConscienceLeroy Van Dyke
12A Broken PromiseLeroy Van Dyke
13Dim Dark CornerLeroy Van Dyke
14I Sat Back And Let It HappenLeroy Van Dyke
15Geh nicht vorbei (german)Leroy Van Dyke
16Just Before DawnLeroy Van Dyke
17Now I Lay Me DownLeroy Van Dyke
18Heartaches By The NumberLeroy Van Dyke
19Sea Of HeartbreakLeroy Van Dyke
20Love Letters In The SandLeroy Van Dyke
21SugartimeLeroy Van Dyke
22Don't Forbid MeLeroy Van Dyke
23HoneycombLeroy Van Dyke
24How Long Must You Keep Me A SecretLeroy Van Dyke
25Party DollLeroy Van Dyke
26Conscience I'm GuiltyLeroy Van Dyke
27The Day The Preacher ComesLeroy Van Dyke
28Fireball MailLeroy Van Dyke
29If You Don't, Somebody Else WillLeroy Van Dyke
30Put Your Little Hand In Mine(english/spanish)Leroy Van Dyke
Leroy Van Dyke Born on October 4, 1929 in Spring Fork, Missouri, USA. Studied animal... more
"Leroy Van Dyke"

Leroy Van Dyke


Born on October 4, 1929 in Spring Fork, Missouri, USA. Studied animal husbandry and journalism at the University of Columbia until 1952. kEUR

He was a participant in the Korean War, where he also appeared on the ground with Marilyn Monroe as an entertainer of troops. Came to the US charts in 1956 with'Auctioneer' (rank 29) on Dot Records, was a permanent guest on TV music shows. In 1961 he went to Nashville, switched to Mercury Records and had a No.-5 goal with'Walk On By'.

In 1962 the German version'Don't go by' was also recorded in the country Mecca, but it flopped here (Rex Gildo skimmed off the cream, which put him on rank 14 of the hit parade). Van Dyke became a member of the Grand Ole Opry, performed live with his band The Auctioneers. Today he lives with his second wife Gladys as a farmer in Spring Fork and is a sporadic guest in country & western shows. From the Bear Family book - 1000 pinpricks by Bernd Matheja - BFB10025 -

 

Leroy Van Dyke

A native of Spring Fork, Missouri, LEROY VAN DYKE served in Korea as a counter-intelligence agent before he considered a musical career. During his army service he wrote a song based on his cousin's auctioneering experiences and sang it on the Morris B. Sacks' Amateur Hour on WGN-TV, Chicago. He lost the contest but won a Dot recording contract.

The Auctioneer went Top 10 Country and Top 30 Pop in 1957. There were no more hits on Dot as Van Dyke forsook novelties for lightweight rockabilly. "I didn't particularly like it," he told Rich Kienzle, "but they wanted me to record it...Wood tried to push me into a rockabilly thing that was really out in left field and none of that stuff worked."

What did work was Walk On By, which brought Van Dyke back to the charts on Mercury in 1961. From his Dot recordings, though, we've picked Chicken Shack, a version of Amos Milburn's Chicken Shack Boogie from 1949, that (pace Van Dyke) works a treat. The rest of his Dot recordings can be found on 'The Auctioneer' (BCD 15647).

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Customer evaluation for "Walk On By (CD)"
13 Mar 2022

excellent compilation of hits and covers

My earliest recollections of hearing records on radio are rather fuzzy but one song I remember very clearly was Leroy Van Dyke's great hit "Walk On By", with its shuffle beat and twanging guitar behind Leroy's strong vocal delivery. The instrumental accompaniment shows how the honky-tonk sound was still heard to good effect in Nashville studios. More hits and great songs followed like "If a Woman Answers (Hang Up the Phone)", "Big Man in a Big House", and "I Sat Back and Let It Happen". The songs Leroy covered during his years on the Mercury label are well-chosen. He comes very close to equaling the originals like "Heartaches By the Number", "Don't Forbid Me", "Fireball Mail", and many others. Consider this the definitive "greatest hits" and "best of" compilation album. If you have not yet purchased your first CD by Leroy Van Dyke, start with this one.

5 Apr 2020

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Tracklist
Dyke, Leroy Van - Walk On By (CD) CD 1
01 Walk On By
02 If A Woman Answers (Hang Up The Phone)
03 Black Cloud
04 Happy To Be Unhappy
05 Night People
06 Big Man In A Big House
07 Faded Love
08 Save Me The Moonlight
09 My World Is Caving In
10 Handful Of Friends
11 I Got A Conscience
12 A Broken Promise
13 Dim Dark Corner
14 I Sat Back And Let It Happen
15 Geh nicht vorbei (german)
16 Just Before Dawn
17 Now I Lay Me Down
18 Heartaches By The Number
19 Sea Of Heartbreak
20 Love Letters In The Sand
21 Sugartime
22 Don't Forbid Me
23 Honeycomb
24 How Long Must You Keep Me A Secret
25 Party Doll
26 Conscience I'm Guilty
27 The Day The Preacher Comes
28 Fireball Mail
29 If You Don't, Somebody Else Will
30 Put Your Little Hand In Mine(english/spanish)