Gerry & The Pacemakers' "You'll Never Walk Alone" Becomes European Radio Anthem for Solidarity

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Radio stations across Europe, including the BBC, have united to simultaneously play Gerry & The Pacemakers' "You'll Never Walk Alone" as a symbol of solidarity in the fight against COVID-19. 

One of soccer's reigning anthems, the 1963 single was spun by more than 180 radio stations at 7:45AM UK time on March 20. The show of solidarity and togetherness was launched by Dutch 3FM DJ Sander Hoongendoorn, who explained, "We all have to do what we can to beat this crisis. Things like this just go beyond the boundaries of radio channels. [The song] could speak to those doing an incredible job working in healthcare right now, those who are ill or those who can’t leave their house for a while."

The song was played simultaneously across 31 countries, including the Netherlands, Curacao, Luxembourg, Germany, Spain, Austria, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Estonia, Bulgaria, Finland, Sweden, the Czech Republic and more. 

The lyrics to "You'll Never Walk Alone" include: "Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart, and you'll never walk alone."


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