The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)

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"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)"
Single by Frankie Valli
from the album Solo
B-side "This Is Goodbye"
Released August 1965
Format 7" single
Recorded July 1965
Genre Baroque pop
Length 3:26
Label Smash
Producer(s) Bob Crewe
Frankie Valli singles chronology
"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)"
"(You're Gonna) Hurt Yourself"

"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)"
"(You're Gonna) Hurt Yourself"

"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)" is a song written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio.

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[edit]

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. 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 Walker Brothers[edit]

"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[1]
Format 7"
Recorded 9 January 1966, Philips Studios, Stanhope Place, London
Genre Baroque pop[2]
Length 3:02
Label Philips BF 1473[3]
Smash Records (U.S.)
The Walker Brothers singles chronology
"My Ship Is Coming In"
"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore"
"String Module Error: Match not found"

"My Ship Is Coming In"
"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore"
I Need You EP

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,[4] and also became their highest rating song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S., where it peaked at #13.[5] The single also hit the top 10 in the Netherlands.

In 2010, the Walker Brothers version was used in the promotional trailer for the AMC television series The Walking Dead.[citation needed]

In 2012, the Walker Brothers version played a prominent role in the film Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. It was featured the following year in the film Stoker.

In 2013, the single's B-side "After the Lights Go Out", played over the end-credits of the Canadian-Spanish psychological thriller film Enemy.

In 2018, the Walker Brothers version appeared in the Hulu streaming service series Castle Rock, season 1 episode 6.

Track listing[edit]

Philips - BF 1473 / Smash Records S-2032
1."The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore"3:17
2."After the Lights Go Out"John Stewart4:01

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1966) Peak
Belgium Ultratop singles chart[6] 15
Canadian RPM Top Singles[7] 2
Germany Media Control singles chart[8] 4
Netherlands[9] 9
New Zealand (Listener)[10] 7
Irish Singles Chart[11] 5
Norway VG-lista singles chart[12] 6
UK Singles Chart[4] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 13

Cher version[edit]

"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore"
Single by Cher
from the album It's a Man's World
Released August 1996 (Europe only)
Recorded 1995
Genre Pop rock
Length 5:13
Label WEA
Producer(s) Trevor Horn
Cher singles chronology
"Not Enough Love in the World"
"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore"
"Paradise Is Here"

"Not Enough Love in the World"
"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore"
"Paradise Is Here"
Audio sample

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".

Critical reception[edit]

Allmusic called this song "a real highlight" and continued "epic and beautiful, complete with echoes of the Wild West."[13]

Formats and track listings

UK CD Maxi-Single (WEA 071 CD)[14][15]

  1. "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)" (Trevor Horn Remix)
  2. "Not Enough Love in the World" (Sam Ward Remix)
  3. "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)


Chart (1996) Peak
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[16] 15
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[17] 26


"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore"
Single by Keane
Released 20 April 2005
Format 7" Vinyl, Digital download
Recorded Helioscentric Studios, Rye, East Sussex
Genre Piano rock
Length 3:31
Label War Child music
Songwriter(s) Bob Crewe-Bob Gaudio-Tim Rice-Oxley[citation needed]
Producer(s) Alex Lake
Nathan Thomas
Keane singles chronology
"This Is the Last Time"
"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore"
"Bend and Break"

"This Is the Last Time"
"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore"
"Bend and Break"

In 2004, the British group Keane recorded a special version of this song. Unlike the original version, Tim Rice-Oxley, pianist and composer of Keane, changed the guitar for piano. He also takes 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
  1. "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore"
  2. "Your Eyes Open" (Mo Mental Remix)

Other versions[edit]

Other notable artists who recorded this song include Jules Shear, Long John Baldry, Clarence Clemons, The Ides of March, The Lettermen (for their 1970 album Reflections), and Robson and Jerome. 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.[18] 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.[19]


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