The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)
|"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)"|
|Single by Frankie Valli|
|from the album Solo|
|B-side||"This Is Goodbye"|
|Frankie Valli singles chronology|
It was originally released as a single credited to Frankie Valli as a solo artist in 1965 on the Smash label, but was more successful when recorded by The Walker Brothers in 1966. Cher and Keane have also recorded the song.
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 the Billboard Hot 100 itself (#128). Although it was recorded in a Four Seasons recording session (with the other band members at that time), it was Valli's first official "solo" single in over a decade.
The song plays over the final scene of the Hulu Original TV Series, "Shut Eye".
The Walker Brothers
|"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"|
|Released||15 February 1966|
|Recorded||9 January 1966, Philips Studios, Stanhope Place, London|
|Label||Philips BF 1473|
Smash Records (U.S.)
|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 charting song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S., where it peaked at #13. The single also hit the Top 10 in Canada, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Norway.
The Walker Brothers' version has since garnered retrospective critical acclaim, and is considered the group's signature song. NME ranked the song at No. 357 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, Pitchfork ranked it at No. 187 on its list of The 200 Best Songs of the 1960s, and it is listed in the 2010 book 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die.
In 2018, the Walker Brothers' version appeared in the Hulu streaming service series Castle Rock, season 1 episode 6.
|1.||"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore"||3:17|
|2.||"After the Lights Go Out"||John Stewart||4:01|
|Belgium Ultratop singles chart||15|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||2|
|Germany Media Control singles chart||4|
|New Zealand (Listener)||7|
|Irish Singles Chart||5|
|Norway VG-lista singles chart||6|
|UK Singles Chart||1|
|US Billboard Hot 100||13|
|"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore"|
|Single by Cher|
|from the album It's a Man's World|
|Released||August 1996 (Europe only)|
|Cher singles chronology|
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".
Allmusic called this song "a real highlight" and continued "epic and beautiful, complete with echoes of the Wild West."
- Formats and track listings
UK CD Maxi-Single (WEA 071 CD)
- "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 Arena Anthem (Unreleased) (9:55)
- Junior's Arena Mixshow (Unreleased) (6:54)
- Junior's Padapella (Unreleased) (5:22)
- Trevor Horn Remix (4:03)
|UK Singles (OCC)||26|
|"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore"|
|Single by Keane|
|Released||20 April 2005|
|Recorded||Helioscentric Studios, Rye, East Sussex|
|Label||War Child music|
|Songwriter(s)||Bob Crewe-Bob Gaudio-Tim Rice-Oxley|
|Keane singles chronology|
In 2004, the British group Keane recorded a version of this song. Deviating from the original version, Tim Rice-Oxley, pianist and composer of Keane, changed the guitar for piano. He also took 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 from Tim Rice-Oxley, also 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)
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- Jay and the Americans released a cover version on their 1966 album, Livin Above Your Head.
- The Ormsby Brothers released a version in 1974, and the song peaked at number 93 in Australia.
- American singer Neil Diamond 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.
- German Eurodisco band Chilly recorded a cover of this song for their 1982 album Secret Lies.
- The Yugoslav rock group Dorian Gray released a cover version of the song in 1984 in the Croatian language, titled "Sjaj u tami" ("Glow in the Darkness").
- Scottish singer Ian Donaldson, formerly of pop band H2O, released a cover of this song as a single in 1987.
- It was recorded by Russell Hitchcock in 1988 for his eponymous debut album.
- British singer David Essex released a cover of this song on his 1989 album Touching the Ghost.
- British actor/singer duo Robson & Jerome recorded the song on their 1995 album Robson & Jerome.
- Kommunity FK released a cover version of the song on their 2010 album La Santisima Muerte.
Other notable artists who recorded this song include Jules Shear, Long John Baldry, Clarence Clemons, The Ides of March, and The Lettermen (for their 1970 album Reflections). Alfie Boe and G4 have both released classical versions.
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.
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