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Wednesday 13 December 2017

You'll never walk alone: The cover versions

one of the most covered songs of all time

Frank Sinatra recorded a version of the iconic anthem
Frank Sinatra recorded a version of the iconic anthem
Gerry Marsden, front man with pop group Gerry and the Pacemakers, recorded a version of the iconic anthem
Judy Garland recorded a version of the iconic anthem

Graham Clifford

Ever since the American opera singer and actress Christine Johnson first belted out the lyrics of 'You'll never walk alone' in the hit 1945 musical Carousel it's been a hugely popular track to cover for many of the world's most iconic artists.

Its uplifting words and slow build to a mighty crescendo made it a must-have for the likes of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Roy Hamilton, Judy Garland, Andy Williams and Doris Day, who all recorded their own versions over the years.

Pink Floyd took a recording by the Liverpool Kop choir and incorporated it into their own song 'Fearless' on their 1971 album Meddle.

From 1964 through 2010, Jerry Lewis concluded the annual Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon by singing the song.

Brian May, guitarist with iconic British rock group Queen, revealed that it inspired the band to write their huge hits 'We Are the Champions' and 'We Will Rock You'.

Barbra Streisand sang 'You'll never walk alone' in a surprise appearance at the close of the 2001 Emmy Awards, in honour of the victims of the September 11 Twin Towers attack.

Closer to home, the likes of tenor Finbar Wright and country star Daniel O'Donnell have also covered the song.

Irish Independent

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