“You’ll Never Walk Alone” is a show tune from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Carousel. In the musical, in the second act, Nettie Fowler, the cousin of the female protagonist Julie Jordan, sings “You’ll Never Walk Alone” to comfort and encourage Julie when her husband, Billy Bigelow, the male lead, is killed during a failed robbery.

In the United Kingdom, the song’s most successful performance was recorded in 1963 by Gerry & The Pacemakers (peaking at number one in the singles chart for four consecutive weeks). It quickly became the anthem of Liverpool Football Club and it is sung by its supporters moments before the start of each home game. The words “You’ll Never Walk Alone” are also written on the Shankly Gate entrance to the stadium.

How did it became Liverpool’s anthem?

In the ’60s, between games, a deejay was playing the top-ten commercial hits, in ascending order. Supporters standing in tribunes always sang along.  “You’ll Never Walk Alone” was also in the playlist, but, when it  dropped out of the top-ten, the supporters continued to sing it. In time, it became the official anthem.

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