Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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You’ll Never Walk Alone

First commercial recording by Frank Sinatra (US #9 1946).
Other hit versions by Roy Hamilton (R&B #1 1954), Gerry & the Pacemakers (US #48/UK #1 1963).

From the wiki: “‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ is a show tune from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel. Besides the recordings of the song on the Carousel cast albums and the film soundtrack, the song has been recorded by many artists, with notable hit versions by Frank Sinatra, Roy Hamilton (‘Unchained Melody‘), and Gerry & the Pacemakers (‘Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying‘).

“The song is also sung at association football clubs around the world, where it is performed by a mass chorus of supporters on match day; this tradition began at Liverpool Football Club on Saturday 30 November 1963, when Liverpool supporters began singing the song and it has continued to be a signature tradition. Trivia: Pink Floyd took a recording by the Liverpool Kop choir, and ‘interpolated’ it into their own song, ‘Fearless’, on the 1971 album Meddle.”

Roy Hamilton, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” (1954):

Gerry & the Pacemakers (1963):

Pink Floyd, “Fearless” beginning @ 4:30 (1971):

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