You'll Never Walk Alone

Album: The Best of Gerry and the Pacemakers (1963)
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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 very 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 three 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.
  • 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, releasing it as a single in 1968. His was one of four versions of the song to chart in the US in the '60s:

    1964 Patti LaBelle & Her Blue Belles (#34)
    1965 Gerry & The Pacemakers (#48)
    1968 Elvis Presley (#90)
    1969 The Brooklyn Bridge (#51)

    Suggestion credit:
    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.
  • American Celtic punk band The Dropkick Murphys covered this for their 2017 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory album. Drummer Matt Kelly explained to "We cover it as an anthem of hope for those struggling with opiate addiction."

    This was the most challenging song on the album to record. Said Kelly: "The chord structure is insane, and we tried it in various keys before eventually the boys really got it right. Then it came down to singing the thing! It's a really, really tricky song to get right. Sure, everybody has belted out the chorus now and again, but the verses have subtleties to them that took a long time to get just right. It was a really, really tough one, but I think the end result is just beautiful. Ken (Casey, bass/vocals) and Al (Barr, vocals) really gave it their all on that one."
  • Radio stations across Europe, including the BBC, joined forces to simultaneously play "You'll Never Walk Alone" in a show of solidarity against coronavirus. The song ran out at 7:45 a.m. GMT on March 20, 2020, on hundreds of European radio stations. Dutch radio presenter Sander Hoogendoorn of 3FM, who came up with the idea, explained: "We all have to do what we can to beat this crisis. Things like this just go beyond the boundaries of radio channels. [The song] could speak to those doing an incredible job working in healthcare right now, those who are ill or those who can't leave their house for a while."
  • This topped a "lockdown listening list" collated by The Official Charts Company of the UK's most popular coronavirus quarantine tracks. They compiled the survey by analyzing the songs that had the biggest percentage increase in listens and purchases, March 23-29, 2020, the week after Britain went into lockdown. They found a mixture of "uplifting classics" and "apocalyptic isolation" tunes being blasted from the nation's speakers as folks adjusted to life in the COVID-19 era.

    Akon's "Locked Up" came in at #2 and The Police's "Don't Stand So Close To Me" at #3.
  • 99-year-old Captain Tom Moore joined forces with Michael Ball and the NHS Voices Of Care Choir to record a charity cover in April 2020. The war veteran captured the UK nation's hearts by raising over £26 million ($32 million) for the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic by walking lengths of his garden.

    All proceeds are being donated to Captain Tom Moore's 100th Birthday Walk in aid of NHS Charities Together, which supports the NHS staff and volunteers caring for coronavirus patients.
  • Captain Tom Moore's version entered the UK chart at #1, making Moore - six days short of his 100th birthday - the oldest person to achieve a chart-topping single. The previous record-holder was Tom Jones, who was 68-years-and-9-months old when his Comic Relief version of "Islands in the Stream" reached the summit in 2009.
  • In March 2021, a few months after Gerry Marsden died, Brittany Howard and Chris Martin performed "You'll Never Walk Alone" as part of the "In Memoriam" segment on the Grammy Awards.

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  • Don from Sevierville, TnElvis Presley's version was actually recorded in 1967 and released as a single in 1968. It did appear on CD versions of "His Hand in Mine" as a bonus song, but its first album appearance was on the RCA Camden budget album, also titled "You'll Never Walk Alone", released in 1971.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn October 25, 1960 Gerry Granahan performed "You'll Never Walk Alone" on the Dick Clark ABC-TV weekday-afternoon program 'American Bandstand"...
    Gerry's version didn't make Billboard's Top 100 chart...
    Exactly three years later on October 25th, 1963 Gerry and the Pacemaker's covered version of the song was at #2 on the United Kingdom's Singles chart, two days later it peaked at #1* for four weeks...
    * The record that knocked it out of the top spot was "She Loves You" by the Beatles.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn December 29th 1963, "You'll Never Walk Alone" by Patti LaBelle and the Blue Belles entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #82; and five weeks later on February 2nd, 1964 it peaked at #34 {for 1 week} and spent 8 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #32 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    Six years later on September 28, 1969 the Brooklyn Bridge's covered version entered the Top 100 at #70; eventually it peaked at #51 and stayed on the chart for 6 weeks...
    The Righteous Brothers' covered version appears on their 1965 album 'Just Once in My Life'...
    And Elvis' version was his one hundredth entry on the Top 100; it remained on the chart for 2 weeks, and for both those weeks it was at #90.
  • Ls Marie from Phoenix, Arizona UsaWe sang this song at our 8th grade graduation (1964) at St. Joseph's Elementary in southern California. I love the lyrics and have offered them to others experiencing hard times. I have sung it for myself many times to restore my faith that I will do more than survive - so powerful!!!
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn August 29th 1965, 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 from Sauquoit, NyOn 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).
  • Jerry from Ogden,, UtWhen 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.
  • Goh from Kuching, Malaysiai 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 ok
  • Dominick from New York, NyThe Righteous Brothers also covered the song in 1965.
  • Dominick from New York, NyThe 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.
  • Ricki from Radnor, OhThis 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.
  • John from Ennis, TxJerry Lewis sings this song each year at the end of his Labor Day Telethon that benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Very emotional.
  • Jeff from Liverpool, Englandcheck out a half decent version by german punk band die toten hosen
  • Eamon from Motherwell, ScotlandTHis 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.
  • Teresa from Mechelen, BelgiumWhen 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.
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