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You'll Never Walk Alone by Gerry & the Pacemakers

Album: The Best of Gerry and the PacemakersReleased: 1963Charted:
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  • This Rogers & Hammerstein song was originally written for the 1945 musical Carousel. It was sung in the original show by Christine Johnson.
  • Frank Sinatra was the first artist to take this song into the charts (#9 on the Billboard charts in 1945). It soon became popular as many who had lost loved ones during the war took solace in the lyrics. Judy Garland recorded a well known version, and in the 1950s several American rock n rollers sang it including Conway Twitty, Gene Vincent and Johnny Preston.
  • Gerry & the Pacemakers had included the song in their stage act for a long time. When they decided to record it as their third single, producer George Martin enhanced the song by adding strings. When it topped the UK chart, they became the first act to reach #1 in the UK with their first 3 singles. Soon afterwards it was adopted by the fans of Liverpool Football Club as the club's anthem.
  • In 1985 a version by The Crowd in aid of the Bradford City Football Club fire disaster returned the song to #1. Gerry Marsden of Gerry & the Pacemakers was again the lead vocalist. Zack Starkey, Ringo Starr's son, was on drums, making him and Ringo the first father and son to both have UK #1s.
  • In the original musical Carousel, the song was sung to inspire a pregnant female character after the death of her husband. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above)
  • The song is also performed at a graduation ceremony during the final scene of Carousel, which made it a popular choice for real-life graduation ceremonies.
  • A banner containing the song's title was added to the Liverpool Football Club's official emblem. The song is typically sung just before the start of home games. A number of other football (i.e. soccer) clubs across Europe have also adopted the song, as have a few teams in other sports.
  • The Pink Floyd song Fearless ends by fading into a recording of Liverpool Football Club fans singing this song.
  • Elvis Presley covered this song. (thanks, Joshua - Twin Cities, MN, for above 4)
  • Following a damning report into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster in which 96 football fans died, Liverpool Walton MP Steve Rotheram started a campaign to get this song back into the UK charts. As a result it returned to the UK top 20 in September 2012 with the proceeds being donated to Hillsborough-related charities.
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Comments: 11

On this day in 1965 {August 29th} Gerry and the Pacemakers performed "You'll Never Walk Alone” on the CBS-TV program 'The Ed Sullivan Show'...
"You'll Never Walk Alone" had exited the Top 100 a few weeks earlier; and their current Top 100 record, "Give All Your Love to Me", was at #71 at the time but the group did not perform the song on the 'Sullivan' show???
{See next post below}...
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
On June 16th 1965, Gerry & the Pacemakers performed "You'll Never Walk Alone" on the ABC-TV program 'Shindig!'...
Seventeen days earlier on May 30th, 1965 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #81; and on June 27th it peaked at #48 (for 1 week) and spent 6 weeks on the Top 100...
Two years earlier on October 23rd, 1963 it reached #1 (for 4 weeks) on the United Kingdom's Singles chart...
Three other covered versions have made the Top 100; Patti Labelle & the Blue Belles (#34 in 1964), the Brooklyn Bridge (#51 in 1969), and Elvis Presley (#100 in 1968, it was also the King's 100th charted record on Billboard's Top 100).
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
When I listen to this song, it reminds of of my High School Graduation. This is the song the Colonel White High School of 1960 Graduating Class sang at the end of the Ceromony.
This song has a place in my heart forever.
Jerry - Ogden,, Ut
i love this song cos the lyrics have such the healing process whenever i feel down of work pressure and also i'm a liverpool supporters ,liverpool rule okGoh - Kuching, Malaysia
The Righteous Brothers also covered the song in 1965.Dominick - New York, Ny
The song was also covered by Patti LaBelle & Her Blue Belles in 1964 and Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge in 1969. All good versions, especially since it's a beautiful song.Dominick - New York, Ny
This song makes an appearance in an episode of Cheers. Carla gets pregnant... again... and the bar takes up a collection to help her out. While Carla is stunned and at a loss for words, Diane starts singing 'You'll Never Walk Alone'. The rest of the gang joins in as Carla makes a triumphant exit out of the bar.Ricki - Radnor, Oh
Jerry Lewis sings this song each year at the end of his Labor Day Telethon that benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Very emotional.John - Ennis, Tx
check out a half decent version by german punk band die toten hosenJeff - Liverpool, England
THis song was also made famous throughout the European football circuit by Glasgow Celtic. Gerry Marsden came to Glasgow and sung it in harmony with Liverpool fans when Celtic knocked them out of the UEFA Cup on their way to the final in Seville. Sky TV commented when Celtic fans sung it before the games as "Awe Inspiring!" A moving song with an emotional 60,000 fans - and you have a lethal combination.

Eamon. Dalziel Park, Motherwell.
Eamon - Motherwell, Scotland
When I heard this song the first time, I loved it and I still love it; one of the best slows ever made. The voice of Gerry gives an extra value to this beautiful song.Teresa - Mechelen, Belgium