I’ll come clean here and admit that I often had a tendency to confuse Charlie Walker with Billy Walker—and the fact that Billy had a #1 hit in 1962 with a song called Charlie’s Shoes didn’t help matters much, either. Charlie may not have had the tremendous chart success Billy enjoyed, but he did crack the Top Ten on occasion with records like Only You, Only You, Wild as a Wildcat and Don’t Squeeze My Sharmon—which, ever since I posted the lyrics in this obit for Dick “Mr. Whipple” Wilson—has generated more hits to Thrilling Days of Yesteryear than I could have dreamed imaginable. Charlie’s big million-selling smash came in 1958 with Pick Me Up on Your Way Down, a classic written by songwriting great Harlan Howard which peaked at #2. The success of this record—and subsequent forays into the Top 40—guaranteed him a spot with the Grand Ole Opry in 1967.
R.I.P, Charlie. You will be missed.