You'll Never Walk Alone
(Rodgers / Hammerstein)
You'll Never Walk Alone was written by Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers in 1945 for their musical play Carousel. It was introduced in that play by Christine Johnson. In the 1956 movie adaptation, Claramae Turner sang it. One of the first recordings of You'll Never Walk Alone - if not the first - was by Frank Sinatra (Columbia 36825) in 1945. It was the flip side of If I Loved You, also from Carousel. The next year, Judy Garland released a recording of You'll Never Walk Alone (Decca 23539) that was quite popular. Other popular versions of the song over the years include those by Roy Hamilton (Epic 9015), which was a number one rhythm & blues hit in 1954, Patti LaBelle and the Blue Bells (Parkway 896) in 1964, Gerry and the Pacemakers (Laurie 3302) in 1965, and Brooklyn Bridge (Buddah 139) in 1969. The version by Gerry and the Pacemakers topped the British charts for four weeks.
Elvis recorded You'll Never Walk Alone on
September 11, 1967, at RCA's Nashville studios. His single release reached
#90 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, remaining on the chart for only two
weeks. A new release of the song in 1982 had a four-week stay on the country
chart, peaking at #73. Elvis copied his vocal styling for You'll Never Walk
Alone from Roy Hamilton's 1954 recording.
First released on single
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