"When You Walk in the Room" was one of the bigger and more beloved hits by the Searchers, and at least in hindsight is often seen as a prototype for folk-rock, with its jangly 12-string guitars and sensitive lyrics. It still isn't too well known that the song was originally recorded by its songwriter, Jackie DeShannon, in late 1963. This version too was, though less obviously, an ancestor of folk-rock, particularly in the jangly 12-string guitar riff that opened the song and recurs throughout it. The futuristic folk-rock attributes aside, it was an excellent song, capturing well the first flush of romantic attraction, but with more adult lyrics than were typical for a pop/rock song of 1963 and 1964. The Searchers version has the edge, perhaps, because of its full-bodied guitar arrangement, vocal harmonies, and more pronounced British Invasion rock feel. DeShannon's original only just made the Top 100 (at number 99) and was more pop in orientation in a Phil Spector fashion, with some subtle strings and background choral voices. DeShannon's vocal was more emotional, though, bringing out the womanly longing in the song, particularly on the soaring bridge, where the melody became dreamier and the wishfulness more fervent. It was a natural cover choice for the Searchers as they'd already had a big hit with another song originally released by DeShannon, "Needles and Pins." "When You Walk in the Room" wasn't that huge of a hit, but it's been covered pretty steadily over the years, by a diverse roster of artists including Pam Tillis, Karla Bonoff, Jim Croce, Status Quo, Steve Forbert, and Chris Hillman.