Walk This Way
Aerosmith
Aerosmith 1977 WalkThisWay45
Seesaw swingin' with the boys in the school
And your feet flying up in the air
Singin' "Hey, Diddle Diddle" with your kitty in the middle
Of the swing like you didn't care
1977
10
Year
Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1977
  • peaked at No. 50 on the Hot Digital Songs chart in 1977
  • single released: Aug 28, 1975, re-released: Nov 5, 1976
  • from Aerosmith's third album, Toys in the Attic (1975)
  • the second of eight Top-10 singles charted on the Hot 100 by Aerosmith
  • after a long night of recording in 1974, Aerosmith took a break to see the film "Young Frankenstein" - "Walk This Way's" lyrics were inspired by Marty Feldman's first appearance in the movie, the "walk this way... this way" scene
  • Aerosmith:
        Steven Tyler - lead vocals, keyboards, harmonica, percussion
        Joe Perry - lead guitar, rhythm guitar, backing vocals
        Brad Whitford - rhythm guitar, lead guitar, acoustic guitar, slide guitar
        Tom Hamilton - bass guitar
        Joey Kramer - drums, percussion
  • written by Steven Tyler, Joe Perry
  • Joe Perry: "I stumbled onto that riff at a sound check. I can remember sitting there thinking how much I like James Brown, and the Meters, and I wanted to write a song that had that sort of R&B feel. That was the motivation, and that's what started the riff. As far as the lyrics go, I didn't know it was going to go that way, and I don't think Steven did either. He just knew that the piece of music was in line with the type of music we liked, and that's why it kind of stuck around. It just kept shouting, 'Sing over me!' But I didn't know how it was going to go. He just kind of let it fly."
  • produced by Jack Douglas
  • engineered by Jay Messina
  • recorded at the Record Plant Studios, New York, NY
  • Run-DMC, with contributions from Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, covered the song in 1986 - their version peaked at No. 4 hit on the Hot 100
     
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