The song, “Walking In Memphis”, was originally recorded by Marc Cohen in 1991
The autobiographical “Walking In Memphis” was written and recorded by Cleveland, OH born Marc Cohn (b.1959) for his self-titled, debut album in 1991. It was released as the first single in March that year and took seventeen weeks to peak at No.13 on the singles chart. Like Bruce Hornsby and The Range’s “That’s Just The Way It Is”, “Walking In Memphis” has become a standard and has been described as “an iconic part of the Great American Songbook”.
Just four years later, the song was recorded by Cher for her 1995 covers album, “It’s A Man’s World” and released internationally as the lead single that October, though strangely not in America. Perhaps it was too soon…? The song was a hit across Europe and peaked at No.11 in the UK, much higher than Cohn’s original had achieved when it was reissued there in 1992 (peaking at No.22).
But whose version is the best? MARC COHN’s original or CHER’s cover?