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

NeilTop 30 - Songs Of The 1960s

Entered Charts: 27 August 1966
Entry Point: 39
Highest Chart: 13
Weeks In: 9

The Walker Brothers (not to be confused with the Gosford timber merchants of the same name) – like the Righteous Brothers, Doobie Brothers and others – weren’t brothers at all. Three musicians in Los Angeles with the surnames Engel, Leeds and Maus had formed the band in 1964 and had a hit with this song two years later. Amazingly, they only had one other charting hit in Australia – No Regrets – ten years later.

The song was written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio as a solo hit for Frankie Valli but his version failed to chart here. The Walker Brothers version did, reaching number 13 in 1966.

Why is it included in this countdown? I have no answer except that I really like the song. It uses a recording technique that mimics the Phil Spector Wall Of Sound, providing a rich tone to complement the strength of Scott Walker’s voice.

And if you are looking for very good cover version, check out Doug Parkinson’s version from 1981.