I can’t sing enough of the big hits from Nat King Cole and I really need his positive vibes now. I have to lift my own spirits because the first part of August is always a rough period of time for my family. During the memorial that my family holds for my mom every year, I sing “To Where You Are” written by the team of Richard Marx and Linda Thompson. It was made popular by Josh Groban. I posted my cover of “To Where You Are” on YouTube two years ago at about this same time. But, singing songs like “Walkin’ My Baby Back Home”always cheers me up and I’m certain that my mom is smiling within the kingdom of our Lord God in Heaven. She’d giggle and slap me on the arm in her gentle way.
“I love you mommy.”
"Walkin' My Baby Back Home" is a popular song written in 1930 by Roy Turk (lyrics) and Fred E. Ahlert (music). It first charted in 1931 with versions by Nick Lucas (#8), Ted Weems (also #8), The Charleston Chasers (#15), and Lee Morse (#18). A recording made by Jo Stafford on November 9, 1945, was released by Capitol Records as catalog number 20049, and on her album, Songs by Jo Stafford (catalog number B-D23). Harry Richman recorded the song on November 4, 1947. This version was released by Decca Records as catalog number 24391. A major hit version of it was recorded by Nat King Cole, on September 4, 1951 and released by Capitol Records as catalog number 2130. It went to #8 in 1952. The song charted again in 1952 at #4 in a version recorded in February 1952 by Johnnie Ray, released by Columbia Records as catalog number 39750. It was the title song from the 1953 film starring Donald O'Connor, Janet Leigh, Buddy Hackett, and Scatman Crothers. In the film the song was performed by O'Connor. In 1962, Monica Zetterlund with Georg Riedel's Orchestra recorded a version of this song with Swedish lyrics by Beppe Wolgers entitled Sakta vi gå genom stan (lit. "Slowly we walk through the city"). It is a subtle tribute to Stockholm, and has in recent years been voted the most popular song about the Swedish capital (in a poll by Radio Stockholm). Zetterlund has had a Stockholm park named after her. The song was released on the Philips label. In 2008, Natalie Cole recorded the song as a virtual duet with her father and it was the first single for her album Still Unforgettable, released September 9, 2008.