The Walker Brothers get their second No.1 in 1966 with “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore”

Their most successful single was originally recorded and released by Frankie Valli

The Walker Brothers get their second No.1 in 1966 with “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore”

Written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio, originally released as a single titled “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore)” by Four Seasons member Frankie Valli as a solo artist in 1965, the song achieved only limited success in its original version. The following year, in 1966, U.K based American band The Walker Brothers recorded it and slightly changed the title to “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore”. The single was released on 15 February 1966 backed with “After The Lights Go Out”. The band already had achieved a No.1 hit at the UK singles charts the previous year with Burt Bacharach’s “Make It Easy On Yourself”.  It wasn’t different with “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore”, and on March 17 it peaked to No.1 at the UK singles charts, giving them their second No.1. It also became a popular hit worldwide, and contrary to the original version that never made it to the U.S Hot 100, The Walker Brothers rendition peaked to No.13, their highest rating song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Together with “Make It Easy On Yourself” remains The Walker Brothers most popular song to this day. In 2013 the B-side “After The Lights Go Out” played over the end-credits of the Canadian-Spanish psychological thriller film “Enemy”.

Look back at The Walker Brothers performing “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore” in 1966



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