|Country Music "Remembers" by Gary Hayes
Pick Me Up On You Way Down by Charlie Walker
Writer Harlan Howard mailed this song to Nashville and it wound up in the
batch of songs being pitched to Charlie Walker for his Columbia recording
Charlie was a country music disc jockey in San Antonio, Texas and was trying
to carve his niche as a recording artist. And he decided that "Pick Me Up On
Your Way Down" was the song to make it happen.
But Charlie Walker was more sold on the song than Harlan Howard was on
According to Harlan, "I had never heard of Charlie Walker. I thought the song
could be a hit and I sure wanted it to be but I wasn't sure of things at that point."
But the record soon removed any doubt that Harlan might have had!
The record opened the door for Charlie Walker as a recording artist and it
opened some doors for Harlan Howard as a songwriter!
"Pick Me Up On Your Way Down" made the country charts October 20th, 1958
and peaked at number two, where it stayed for 4 weeks. The song was on the
charts for 22 weeks.
-- From Country Music Classic's Videos courtesy of YouTube
|Charlie Walker - I'll Fly Away
with a cast of Country Music Legends
Grand Ole Opry member CHARLIE WALKER died Friday morning Sept. 12 ON THE POSSUM'S BIRTHDAY
AND ON THE SAME DATE THAT JOHNNY CASH DIED.....in Hendersonville, Tenn., at age 81. A honky-tonk
singer best known for his 1958 recording of HARLAN HOWARD's "Pick Me Up on Your Way Down," he also
enjoyed a successful career as a radio broadcaster and was inducted into the Country Radio DJ Hall
of Fame in 1981. Born Nov. 26, 1926, in Copeville, Texas, Charles Levi Walker began his professional music
career in Dallas during the 1940s as singer and guitarist with Bill Boyd's Cowboy Ramblers. After serving in the
Army, he formed the Texas Ramblers and began performing in the Corpus Christi, Texas, area in 1947.
He moved to San Antonio in 1951 and gained a fan base as a disc jockey on radio station KMAC. As a singer,
Walker's first appearance on the country charts came in 1956 with "Only You, Only You," which reached No. 9.
Walker scored three other Top 10 country hits during his recording career on the Decca, Columbia, RCA Victor
and Capitol labels. "Pick Me Up on Your Way Down" failed to reach No. 1, but it spent four weeks at No. 2 on
the Billboard country chart. His other Top 10 singles include "Wild as a Wildcat" (1965) and "Don't Squeeze My
Sharmon" (1967). He became an Opry member in 1967 and was cast as country singer Hawkshaw Hawkins
in Sweet Dreams, the 1985 film biography of Patsy Cline which starred Jessica Lange. Walker, who was
recently diagnosed with colon cancer......
Mr. Walker is survived by his wife Connie and 10 children: Ronnie, Cindy, Arthur,
Charlie III, Elissa, Charlene, Catherine, Christina, Caroline and Charlton; along with
15 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.