Memorial Service Music - You'll Never Walk Alone?
Is there a song (or a few) that you’d want played at your own funeral memorial service or celebration of life gathering, for the people that are remembering and thinking of you after you’re gone?
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein wrote the song You’ll Never Walk Alone in for their new Broadway musical Carousel (1945). Over 100 artists have since recorded You’ll Never Walk Alone, including senior and baby boomer favourites Frank Sinatra, Mario Lanza, Perry Como, Patti Labelle, The Lettermen, Andy Williams, Dionne Warwick, Jerry Reed, Aretha Franklin, Engelbert Humperdinck, and many others.
When Gerry and the Pacemakers released their version of You’ll Never Walk Alone (1963) above, baby boomer fans in the UK and Australia pushed the song to #1 on their charts. The Liverpool Football Club was the first soccer team to adopt the song as it’s anthem; other clubs around the world have followed suit.
(Gerry & The Pacemakers “Best of” Album Cover Photo: badgreeb RECORDS | Flickr Some rights reserved)
The following year in 1965, Jerry Lewis began singing You’ll Never Walk Alone at the conclusion of his annual Labour Day telethon for Muscular Dystrophy, a tradition he continued for 46 years.
Is You’ll Never Walk Alone by Gerry and the Pacemakers on your list of top songs to celebrate the life and memories of yourself or a loved one at their memorial service?
Below are some of our favourite renditions of You’ll Never Walk Alone by other popular recording artists of the 50’s and 60’s beloved by baby boomers and seniors: Claramae Turner, Louis Armstrong, Judy Garland, Gene Vincent, Shirley Bassey, Ray Charles, Doris Day, Jackie Wilson, The Righteous Brothers, Elvis Presley, and Tom Jones.
Contralto opera singer Claramae Turner sang You’ll Never Walk Alone in the movie Carousel (1956).
Louis Armstrong‘s distinctive voice colored You’ll Never Walk Alone in 1954.
Judy Garland‘s version of You’ll Never Walk Alone (1960) was recorded at EMI in London, England
Rocker Gene Vincent put his own spin on You’ll Never Walk Alone in 1958.
British singer Shirley Bassey sang You’ll Never Walk Alone in 1962. A few years later she had a #1 hit in the US with her title track from the James Bond film, Goldfinger (1965).
Ray Charles singing You’ll Never Walk Alone in 1963.
1960’s film star Doris Day croons You’ll Never Walk Alone in 1962.
Jackie Wilson singing You’ll Never Walk Alone in 1965.
Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield – The Righteous Brothers – perform You’ll Never Walk Alone in 1965.
In his comeback year, singer Elvis Presley‘s gospel version of You’ll Never Walk Alone in 1968.
And last but not least, Welsh singer Tom Jones and his version of You’ll Never Walk Alone.
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