- 2 The Walker Brothers
- 3 Cher
- 4 Keane
- 5 Other versions
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Frankie Valli recorded and released the first version of the song but his single achieved only limited success, charting on Billboards Bubbling Under Hot 100 singles chart but not making theHot 100 itself. Although it was recorded in a Four Seasons recording session (with the other group members at that time), it was Valli's first official "solo" single in over a decade.
|"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore"|
|Single by The Walker Brothers|
|from the album The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore|
|B-side||"After the Lights Go Out"|
|Genre||Baroque pop, Wall of Sound|
|Writer(s)||Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio|
|The Walker Brothers singles chronology|
In 1966, The Walker Brothers released their remake as a single. Retitled "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore", this version met with much greater success than Valli's. It topped the UK Singles Chart and also became their highest rating song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S., where it peaked at #13. The single also hit the top 10 in the Netherlands.
In 2012, the Walker Brothers version played a prominent role in the film Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.
|Philips - BF 1473 / Smash Records S-2032|
|1.||"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore"||Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio||3:17|
|2.||"After the Lights Go Out"||John Stewart||4:01|
|"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)"|
|Single by Cher|
|from the album It's a Man's World|
|Released||August 1996(Europe only)|
In the summer of 1996, Cher released her remake as the fourth official European single from her twenty-second album It's a Man's World. The song went to #26 on the UK Singles Chart. Her version was used in the X-Files episode "The Post-Modern Prometheus."
- Formats and track listings
- "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)" (Trevor Horn Remix)
- "Not Enough Love in the World" (Sam Ward Remix)
- "Paradise Is Here"
- Official versions
- Main Version (5:15)
- Demo Mix (4:51)
- Junior's White Label Remix (9:55)
- Junior's Arena Mixshow
- Trevor Horn Remix (4:03)
|UK Singles Chart||26|
|"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore"|
|Single by Keane|
|Released||April 20, 2005|
|Format||7" Vinyl, Digital download|
|Recorded||Helioscentric Studios, Rye, East Sussex|
|Label||War Child music|
|Writer(s)||Bob Crewe-Bob Gaudio-Tim Rice-Oxley|
|Keane singles chronology|
In 2004, the British group Keane recorded a special version of this song. Unlike the original version, Tim Rice-Oxley, pianist and composer of Keane, changed the guitar for piano. He also takes the lead vocals in the second chorus, like the original version. The single was selected in summer 2004 by readers of the NME and first released as a download-only single in September 2004. The song was given for download to the War Child foundation website and one thousand vinyl copies given as a gift to some fans of Keane, who had supported and helped the band. The numbered copies each included a handwritten note by Tim Rice-Oxley, composer of the band and signed by the other two members, thanking them for their support.
- Track listing
- "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore"
- "Your Eyes Open" (Mo Mental Remix)
- Jay and the Americans released a cover version on their 1966 album, Livin Above Your Head.
- Neil Diamond, American pop music icon, recorded this song for his 1979 album September Morn.
- In 1981, Nielsen/Pearson released their remake as a single. It became their last Hot 100 hit, peaking at #56.
- British singer David Essex released a cover of this song on his 1989 album Touching The Ghost.
- Recorded by Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply in 1990 for his first solo album.
- Kommunity FK released a cover version of the song on their 2010 album La Santisima Muerte
- The Croatian rock group Dorian Gray released the cover version of this song in 1984, on Croatian language, with lyrics "Sjaj u tami".
The song also features prominently in the 1991 bittersweet romance film Truly, Madly, Deeply, starring Alan Rickman and Juliet Stevenson, with Nina (Stevenson) playing the main chords in the chorus on the piano and Jamie (Rickman) playing the main riff on the bass strings of his cello, and both of them singing. The singing of the song is a game the couple often played. The choice of this song in particular, given the events in the film, emphasize the poignancy of the lyric especially well.
|Preceded by||UK number one single (by The Walker Brothers)
17 March 1966 (4 weeks)