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On Saturday, 11 May 1985, 56 football fans were killed in England when fire swept through Bradford City’s old wooden stand. Inspired by Band Aid and various other charity records in vogue at the time,…
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On Saturday, 11 May 1985, 56 football fans were killed in England when fire swept through Bradford City’s old wooden stand. Inspired by Band Aid and various other charity records in vogue at the time, Graham Gouldman of 10cc organized the assembly of a supergroup to record a new version of Rodgers And Hammerstein’s ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone, a show tune from Carousel long associated with football through Liverpool Football Club’s ‘Kop End’ supporters. Over 50 artists were credited on the sleeve although not all were actually on the recording, but sent messages of support. Gouldman co-produced the record with Ray Levy, and the lead vocal was credited to Gerry Marsden who had previously taken a version of the song to number 1 in the 60s with Gerry And The Pacemakers. Other credited artists included: Paul McCartney, Phil Lynott, Motorhead, Girlschool, the Nolans, Denny Laine, Rick Wakeman, Jim Diamond, Smokie, Gary Holton, Colin Blunstone and numerous disc jockeys and television personalities. Profits went to the bereaved families. The record topped the charts within days of its release. In 1989, after the Hillsborough crowd disaster left 95 Liverpool fans dead and over 400 injured, a version of ‘Ferry Across The Mersey’ was recorded by the Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden, and Stock, Aitken And Waterman. It also topped the UK charts and once again profits went to the victims’ families. Although the record bore the rather lengthy credit as above, the act was generally referred to as the Crowd.