100 Great Songs From The British Invasion: 1963-1966. You’ll Never Walk Alone- Gerry And The Pacemakers. A #1 hit in the UK in 1963- the Gerry And The Pacemakers single never charted in the US. Written for the 1945 musical Carousel by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II- it has been covered by a number of artists over the years. Gerry And The Pacemakers-were a Liverpool band and not long after the song became a hit- the local football [soccer] teams fan adopted it as their song- they sing it before every game at their home Anfield. Football immortal Johan Cruyff- who never played for Liverpool once said -” There’s not one club in Europe with an anthem like “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” There’s not one club in the world so united with the fans. I sat there watching the Liverpool fans and they sent shivers down my spine. A mass of 40,000 people became one force behind their team.”
If you ever watched the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon you may remember at the end of the telethon Jerry singing the song.
- Single: You’ll Never Walk Alone- Gerry And The Pacemakers
- Record Company- Laurie
- Genre: Pop
- Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
- Time: 2:40
- B-side: ‘It’s All Right’
- Produced by George Martin
- Album-How Do You Like It?
- Peaked at #1 in UK Singles Chart. Did not chart in U.S.
The Liverpool fans are also heard singing on the Pink Floyd song “Fearless” from the Meddle LP. Great stuff
I loved Gerry and the Pacemakers, especially during the early sixties.. They were one of my most favourite bands.
In any setting, when I hear the start of this song, I get emotional. It’s a special one for sure.