Keep On Running

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"Keep On Running"
Song by Jackie Edwards
from the album Come on Home
Released 1965
Recorded 1965
Genre Reggae
Label Island
Songwriter(s) Jackie Edwards[1]
Producer(s) Chris Blackwell

"Keep On Running" is a song written and originally recorded by Jackie Edwards, which became a number one hit in the UK when recorded by The Spencer Davis Group.[1]


"Keep On Running" was written by Jamaican singer-songwriter Jackie Edwards, who as well as having a successful singing career, was working in the UK for Island Records as a songwriter.[2] The song was recorded by Edwards for his 1965 album Come on Home, and he recorded it again in the mid-1970s for his album Do You Believe in Love.

It was also a UK hit for John Alford in 1996, released as a double A-side with "If", and peaking at number 24.[3]

"Keep On Running" has also been recorded by several other artists including Robben Ford (as the title track of his 2003 album), The Romantics (on Live on Stage), and Queen's drummer Roger Taylor, during the recording session of his second solo album Strange Frontier in 1984.[citation needed] The Spanish beat and rock group Los Salvajes, created a version of this song, titled "Corre, Corre", in 1966.[citation needed]

The Spencer Davis Group version[edit]

"Keep On Running"
Single by The Spencer Davis Group
B-side "High Time Baby"
Released November 1965
Format 7-inch 45 rpm
Genre Pop rock, blue eyed soul
Songwriter(s) Jackie Edwards[1]
Producer(s) Chris Blackwell[1]
The Spencer Davis Group singles chronology
"Strong Love"
"Keep On Running"
"Somebody Help Me"

"Strong Love"
"Keep On Running"
"Somebody Help Me"

The song was most successfully recorded by the Spencer Davis Group and released as a single in November 1965 on Fontana Records, backed with "High Time Baby".[4] At the time, Chris Blackwell, who produced the recording, was trying to get his Island label established in the UK and was managing the Spencer Davis Group. He was lent funding from Scala Brown Associates for the single by offering a sizable share of his label as security; the success of the single meant that he was quickly able to repay the loan.[5] It was a number one hit on the UK Singles Chart in January 1966.[6][7] In the United States it reached number 76.[4]

This version was included in the soundtrack of the 1988 film Buster and was used during the film's opening sequence that saw "Buster Edwards" (Phil Collins) steal a suit from a shop window for a friend's funeral. The song was included on the cassette and vinyl formats of the soundtrack, but omitted from the CD version for "legal reasons".[citation needed]

The song was also included in the 2007 romantic comedy Run Fatboy Run directed by David Schwimmer.[8]

In 2009 the song was in Susan Nickson's Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps as the title to the eighth episode of series 8 and the soundtrack when Gaz tries to find the woman he wants (Donna).[citation needed]

Finnish rap band Ruger Hauer sampled the song on their own song "Elvis sanoo ei".[citation needed]



  1. ^ a b c d e Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. pp. 97–8. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  2. ^ Colin Larkin (1998) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0242-9
  3. ^ "ChartArchive - The Chart Archive". Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  4. ^ a b Strong, Martin C. (2002). The Great Rock Discography. Canongate. ISBN 1-84195-312-1. p. 265
  5. ^ Scala, Mim (2009). Diary of a Teddy Boy: A Memoir of the Long Sixties, Goblin, ISBN 978-0-9561497-0-1, p. 84
  6. ^ "ChartArchive - The Chart Archive". Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  7. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 187. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  8. ^ "Soundtracks for Run Fatboy Run". Retrieved 2014-04-06.