The Singing Side Of Clint Walker   16 comments

Here’s something you might not know. Like many actors, western star Clint Walker (who is still around, and in his eighties) occasionally tried his hand at singing. And even though it wasn’t a big part of his career, he did demonstrate a pleasing baritone while vocalizing in various TV and movie appearances, and he also generated at least one solid album.clint

If ever someone looked the part of a Western star it was Norman Eugene Walker, who was born near St. Louis in the Mississippi River town of Hartford, Illinois. Six feet, six inches tall, with rugged good looks and impossibly wide shoulders, he cut a heroic figure. But he started his working life in a pretty humble way, leaving school at age 16 and working at various blue-collar jobs before joining the Merchant Marines in the latter stages of World War II.

In the post-war years he gradually worked his way West and by the 1950s found a job as a deputy sheriff in Las Vegas, which was then beginning to attract the Hollywood crowd in a big way. It wasn’t long before Walker was getting to know some of the players, and he soon came to the attention of legendary producer Cecil B. DeMille. After getting a start in a couple of small movie parts Walker was in the right spot at the right time to get selected for the title role in a new TV show, Cheyenne.

Debuting in 1955, Cheyenne was one of the earliest TV westerns and was the first full-hour one. It is also still considered one of the best, and during its eight years of life it enabled Clint Walker to become a popular star. He would continue to enjoy a long acting career for many more years, but let’s get back to the musical side of things. Walker burst into song a number of times during his TV shows and movies (you can find them on youtube), so the desire was there. But it appears that his main success in the recording studio occurred when he generated an album of mostly inspirational songs. It’s still available now, and I’m sure it’s a hit with his many fans.

cwcdClint Walker – “Twilight On The Trail”

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16 responses to “The Singing Side Of Clint Walker

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  1. Boy, I haven’t thought of Clint Walker for decades. He doesn’t have a bad voice – I don’t think his singing registered with me before.

  2. I was curious as to whether he ever tried to get into a stage musical because there have been actors with weaker voices who did it, but I didn’t find any info that would indicate he had.

  3. Clint is a good friend and I once asked him why he didn’t do any musicals or musical comedies (he is also blessed with great comedic timing) and he said he was never asked! Such is the short sightedness of Hollywood. He wanted to do more albums but he was under contract to WB at the time and unfortunately, he wasn’t allowed to record for anyone but them which limited his choices in studio musicians and songs. I believe they also took the lion’s share of the profits. Clint is still musically inclined and has recently begun working on writing his own song lyrics. I’m hoping he will release a Gospel album at some point.

  4. Always good to hear from those who are close to our featured performers. It helps us know them better. Thanks!

  5. I love Clint Walker as a kid I watched him faithfully after school Now in my sixties I get to enjoy him as an actor again How lucky can one woman be .He is handsome and very soft spoken .Love u Clint Walker

  6. I’ve loved Clint Walker, since I was 10, when he was Cheyenne on TV… He was always my favorite cowboy and hero, and still is today…He was a very good role model, and a man with good morals…I am so happy that I’m getting to see Cheyenne again, on the Western Channel…I record it and watch it at night..That is a great way to end my day– God Bless you, Clint Walker.~~~ Sending much love and happiness to you ~~~~

  7. I love you Clint and in the third grade the nuns gave me a D in conduct for drawing Cheyenne in the bathtub. Will always love you, Frani

  8. I love Clint Walker as Cheyenne Body and he’s voice should have been a big part of his career He has a wonderful voice so classy and very sexy I would love to hear more of his songs I especially like Silver Bells his personality is so inspiring and I’m sure he was taken advantage of in Hollywood Love you Clint Walker Watch your series every evening on Western Channel I grew up watching Cheyenne on our old black and white dupont tv loved him then love him now He has aged so gracefully Merry Christmas Clint !!!

    Emma Jean Edmiston
  9. I watch chyenne every day just love him he’s. My bucket list man what goodlookin and a talll glass of water even today

  10. I have been a country and western all of my life love all The TVs series more so now as the screens are much bigger therefore the star comes up clearer and larger and I appreciate the old shows Cheyenne was my favourite I use to travelled to my Auntys house to watch it every week as we couldn’t afford a tv Cheyenne was such a hunk and still is all the best Clint

    Cecilia Sanderson
  11. I JUST STARTED GETTING BACK INTO THE WESTERN SCENE FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS NOW. I DO REMEMBER MY FATHER WATCHING THESE FILMS AS A CHILD. I DO REMEMBER SEEING CHEYENNE AS A CHILD. AS I GOT OLDER, I SAW CLINT WALKER IN TWO MOVIES. THESE WERE, “SEND ME NO FLOWERS”, AND OF COURSE, “THE DIRTY DOZEN”. AT FIRST, HE WAS JUST ANOTHER ACTOR TO ME. BUT MY TONE ABOUT THIS MAN HAS CHANGED DRAMATICALLY TO DATE. I AM SO FOND OF HIM. IT HAS REALLY BEEN DIFFICULT FOR ME AT TIMES TO GET HIM OFF OF MY MIND. HE HAS A BEAUTIFUL VOICE, AND WHAT A WONDERFUL ACTOR HE IS. I TRIED ORDERING HIS MOVIES FROM HIS WEBSITE, BUT I HAD A VERY DIFFICULT TIME. SO I ORDERED HIS MOVIES THROUGH TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES. I ORDERED ABOUT TEN OF HIS MOVIES IN ONE DAY. WHEN I RECEIVED THEM, I WENT CRAZY. I WATCH HIM EVERYDAY ALL DAY. WHEN I’M NOT WATCHING THESE, I WATCH MY RECORDED TELEVISION SHOW CHEYENNE. I DO AS MUCH RESEARCH ON MR. WALKER AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. I’VE SEEN ALL HIS INTERVIEWS AND LISTENED TO ALL HIS MUSIC. I JUST WISH THEY (HOLLYWOOD) WOULD HAVE GIVEN HIM MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO BRANCH OUT AND DO HIS OWN THING IN THE BUSINESS. I WISH THEY WOULD HAVE GIVEN HIM MORE ROLES. I ALSO DON’T LIKE THE FACT THAT HE HAD BIT PARTS IN CERTAIN FILMS. WELL MR. WALKER, I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT YOU ARE MY FAVORITE COWBOY, AND I AM YOUR FAN FOR LIFE. I AM SO HAPPY THAT YOU ARE STILL WITH US TODAY. MAY THE MOST-HIGH GOD GRANT YOU GOOD HEALTH AND A LONG PEACEFUL LIFE. BY THE WAY, I KNOW IT’S EARLY, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO WISH YOU A “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” AND MANY MORE!!!!! YOUR ADORING FAN DEBBIE CASSELBERRY

  12. I just love you u r the best shows on t.v. I watch all ur shows ur are so hansome
    I love when u take ur shirt off wow what body I would of love to have met u hot hot hot I’d take u any day I’m 71yrs old and u still make my heart fludder I watch u everyday love the what a man

  13. What is the movie in which Clint Walker is standing in a moving train’s boxcar and sings: “My Kind of Countru”?
    Heard the song on YouTube – don’t remember the woman background singers. It shows up as the movie “Buck Benny Rides Again” but that’s a Javk Benny movie.
    Just trying to find the original movie and date.

  14. I’m not sure he ever sang it in a movie, Ross. That song is one of those on his album, which you can check out by clicking on the little image of it under the article. Or you can click HERE.

  15. What respect and admiration we have for you. Happy Birthday! and many more .God Bless Don and Kathy George Loveland, Colorado

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