The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore – The Walker Brothers

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………………….on March 17th of 1966 The Walker Brothers top the UK Singles Chart with “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore”. This was written by the prolific songwriters Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio and produced by Crewe. The pair wrote many of the hits for The Four Seasons (Gaudio was a member of the group), and composed this one for lead singer Frankie Valli as a solo release. Valli’s version was issued in 1965 and only managed a meager chart placement of #128, despite the phenomenal success of The Four Seasons. The next year, The Walker Brothers covered the song using an arrangement that clearly resembled Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound” technique. This version was a huge hit, going to #1 in the UK and making #13 in America. This is a very despondent song about a hopeless feeling that comes with the loss of love. In our interview with Bob Gaudio, he explained: “I remember it was a rainy day and Bob Crewe and I were in his office, which was in the Atlantic Records building in the Lincoln Center area of New York, and it started to come together. It was a gloomy day and we were both a little depressed. And out it came.” In the UK this is regarded as a death song, supposedly because of an incident in the mid 1960s concerning Ronnie Kray. The story goes that the legendary London gangster, armed with a 9mm Mauser, strolled into the Blind Beggar pub in London’s East End to shoot and kill rival gangster George Cornell. This song was playing on the jukebox at the time and a stray bullet hit the machine, forcing the record to repeat the line “The sun ain’t gonna shine, anymore, anymore, anymore…” as Cornell lay dying just a few feet away. Cher covered this song, releasing it as a single in 1995 and including it on her 1996 album It’s a Man’s World. Her version reached #26 UK. Other artists who have covered this song include Neil Diamond, the Ides of March, Jay & the Americans, The Lettermen, Fuzzy Bunnies and the duo Nielsen/Pearson, whose version made #56 US in 1981.