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You'll Never Walk Alone

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Basic Stats

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Written by: Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II

Recorded: September 11, 1967, Nashville
Released master is spliced from takes 8 and 1.

Single:w/ "We Call On Him", 47-9600, March 26, 1968
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0665, December 1, 1970
Also released w/ "There Goes My Everything", PB-13058, February 1982

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#73 on Billboard's Country chart (in 1982)
#90 on Billboard's Hot 100 (in 1968)

1st LP release: Youll Never Walk Alone - March 22, 1971
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My Spin

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"You'll Never Walk Alone", originally from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel, has since become a classic in both gospel and inspirational settings. Elvis had always loved Roy Hamilton's version of the song and had sang it at the piano at home quite often over the years. In 1967, he tackled it in the studio, again accompanying himself on piano. The result is one of Elvis' finest vocal performances, full of power and emotion but also care and craft.

In 1971, RCA's budget label Camden released the album, collecting the 4 songs from Elvis' 1957 Peace In The Valley EP as well as this title song, its flip-side, and some "sort-of-gospel" movie tunes. Despite it being a collection of left-overs from different sources, this one sold extremely well over the years, much like Camden's Christmas release. The budget price helped, no doubt, but the album is anchored by the 4 classic gospel songs from the '57 EP, and this outstanding title song.

In the UK, Gerry and the Pacemakers had a big hit with the song in 1963, and it took on a second life as it soon became an anthem at Liverpool football matches, and eventually it caught on with other teams in Europe. The song is probably associated more with football in Europe today than anything to do with Elvis, Roy Hamilton, or Carousel. :)

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

"You'll Never Walk Alone", an astonishing hit for Gerry Marsden (of Gerry and the Pacemakers) in 1963. Although Presley's performance is sincere, and possibly influenced by the Liverpool singer, the sound is out of focus and the result is not compelling.

Robert Matthew-Walker, Elvis Presley: A Study in Music, 1979

Elvis' version of this great song from the 1945 musical Carousel was based more on Roy Hamilton's 1954 cover than any of the others over the years. Elvis sings it with purity and power, accompanied by the Jordanaires. Full of impact and beauty, to the swelling crescendo and the soft fade.

The Complete Elvis, edited by Martin Torgoff, 1982

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"You'll Never Walk Alone" Lyrics and Downloads

When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don't be afraid of the dark
At the end of a storm is a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark
Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown
Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone
You'll never, ever walk alone
Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone
You'll never, ever walk alone
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