Walk Right In – The Rooftop Singers

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………………..on January 26th of 1963 Aatrio called The Rooftop Singers took “Walk Right In” to the top of the Billboard chart. The song was written by two members of The Jug Stompers in 1930 who used to perform at medicine shows: Gus Cannon (banjo, jug) and Hosie Woods (guitar, kazoo). When the Rooftop Singers turned it into a feisty singalong, Cannon and Woods got huge windfalls. Cannon, who once hocked his banjo for $20 worth of coal, not only got royalties for the hit, he also got a recording contract with Stax Records. The Rooftop Singers were Erik Darling, Bill Svanoe and Lynne Taylor. Darling, formerly of the Tarriers (“Cindy Oh Cindy,” “The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)”) and the Weavers (he replaced Pete Seeger), put the trio together specifically to record this song. This being the ’60s, many listeners spotted a marijuana reference in the lyrics, “Everybody’s talkin’ ’bout a new way of walking… do you wanna lose your mind?” It’s doubtful that the writers of the song had that intention – especially in 1930. The song reached the Top 10 in the UK peaking at #10.