Singer, songwriter, Leroy Van Dyke
birth name: Leroy Frank Van Dyke

Leroy Van Dyke

October 4, 1929, Spring Fork, MO

In 1956, he entered a talent contest on Chicago radio station WGN, performing ‘The Auctioneer.’ DJ Buddy Black signed up as Van Dyke's manager and slipped in a document giving himself co-writing credits and half the royalties for the song. Released as a single on the Dot label, the song hit the pop charts in late 1956 and appeared on the country charts in early 1957, where it climbed to the Top Ten. In 1961, Van Dyke went to Nashville and signed with Mercury. One of his early releases on the label was ‘Walk On By,’ which went right to the top of the country charts and remained there for 19 weeks; it also crossed over to the Top Five on the pop charts. Van Dyke contributed his distinctive smooth tenor to what became one of country music's quintessential cheating songs, a fast two-step number with a certain sly veneer of sophistication. ~ Allmusic: Leroy Van Dyke ~ retrieved October 4, 2013 © Allmusic

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In his 50 years-plus career, Van Dyke has recorded more than 500 songs, dozens of them making the charts. His record of ‘Walk On By’ was named by Billboard magazine in 1994 as the biggest country single of all time, based on sales, plays and weeks in the charts. It stayed at number one in the U.S. country chart for 19 weeks, and in all, charted for 42 weeks, also reaching No. 5 on the pop listings. It sold more than 1.5 million copies. ~ Wikipedia: Leroy Van Dyke ~ retrieved October 4, 2013 © Wikipedia

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