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EDDIE FISHER – ‘I’m Walking Behind You’

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#10, 26th June 1953

I’m genuinely pleased that Eddie Fisher got a second big hit, especially as it establishes the winning notion that if you’ve had one smash your second should be as like it as legally possible. ‘Outside Of Heaven’ saw Eddie standing in the crowd at his ex-love’s wedding: ‘I’m Walking Behind You’ ups the masochistic ante still further ‘ Fisher is walking behind his former girl up the aisle! The singing this time is almost as morose but twice as creepy, Fisher giving the title line an unpleasant twinkle even as he chokes back the tears. Sadly the somewhat pedestrian tune lets a grand performance down (i.e. I can’t remember how it goes, a deadly sin in the days when hooks were actually things like choruses. It might go ‘I’m walking be-HIND youuu!’ panto style but I fear that’s wishful thinking.)

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    Marcello Carlin on 8 Nov 2007 #

    Dorothy Squires also had a Top 20 hit with this at the same time, but hers was actually the original version; written for her by her ex Billy Reid. An unusual event in the general trend of American original/Brit covers.

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    intothefireuk on 8 Nov 2007 #

    I don’t know the DS version but the lyric makes more sense from a female perspective. From a male perspective there is a definite creepy stalking quality. It is though a more relaxed performance from Eddie and better for it.

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    wichita lineman on 27 May 2008 #

    You’re right Tom, Eddie’s delivery is very much that of the panto stalker. All he needs to do to totally freak the poor bride is paint his face Pierrot style, like matey from Alex Harvey’s band.

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    weej on 16 Apr 2010 #

    This is absolutely one of the creepiest things I’ve ever heard.

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    wichita lineman on 28 Sep 2010 #

    The label credit is “Eddie Fisher with Hugo Winterhalter and his orchestra and Sally Sweetland”. None of your fancy “featuring” for Sally, just a solid “with”.

    Seemingly fated to lurk in the shadows, Sally also sang in two movies – The Hard Way and Thank Your Lucky Stars – with the toothsome Joan Leslie miming to her voice in both instances.

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    Eli on 19 Dec 2010 #

    So schmaltzy, it probably had every ingredient required for a smash-hit in 1953. Enjoyable, solid ’50s pop – and I certainly prefer it to Dorothy’s original (I think he was on her lengthy hit-list because it outsold hers!).

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    Billy Hicks on 7 Mar 2015 #

    Sally Sweetland, born in September 1911, is wonderfully still alive as of March 2015. Surely the oldest living person ever – and counting – to appear on a UK charting single, let alone a number 1.

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    wichitalineman on 25 Jun 2015 #

    I think we have a winner! Always thought Kay Starr was our oldest living Popularista. For some reason, presumably down to her name, I imagine Sally Sweetland as younger than Eddie. In fact I picture her as (the much younger) Dead Of Night actress Sally Ann Howes, who I’m happy to see is also still with us, aged 85.

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    Erithian on 25 Jun 2015 #

    Wow, just looked at Sally Sweetland’s Wiki page and it turns out she and her husband Lee worked as vocal coaches well into their 90s, and one of their students was Seth MacFarlane of “Family Guy” fame, when he made an album of big-band era songs a few years ago. Has anyone else worked with both Seth MacFarlane and Eddie Fisher?!

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    wichitalineman on 9 Nov 2016 #

    So it’s a belated RIP to Sally Sweetland who, according to IMDB, left us on Feb 8th last year, aged 103. No obit anywhere as far as I can tell, but scroll down here for a rather lovely portrait of her when she was 100, or even 101!

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2346747/A-century-wisdom-etched-faces-Poignant-portraits-Americans-lived-100-years-old.html

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    Billy Hicks on 4 Dec 2016 #

    Yep indeed, on Wikipedia’s talk page there’s confirmation of this, making my earlier post #7 just a few weeks out of date at the time.

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