My pub friend Bert was 86 years old today. He is a great one for singing and though he's forgetting a lot of things now and worrying that he might be "losing it", he still remembers a bunch of songs all the way through.
On Tuesday night, he sang "Walking My Baby Back Home" once more. It is a lovely song, made famous by Johnnie Ray (1927- 1990). It paints a picture of a sweet and innocent relationship - nothing salacious or suggestive - just a guy and a gal out on a date.
Written in 1930 by Roy Turk and Fred Ahlert, Johnnie Ray's version of the song reached number 4 in the American charts in 1952 and number 14 in Great Britain. In 1953 it appeared in a film of the same name.
Many notable people have recorded it - including Ella Fitzgerald, Van Morrison, Dean Martin and James Taylor but it is Johnnie Ray's version that we know best...