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

It was originally released as a single by Frankie Valli 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.


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Frankie Valli[edit]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 theHot 100 itself. Although it was recorded in a Four Seasons recording session (with the other group members at that time), it was Valli's first official "solo" single in over a decade.

The Walker Brothers[edit]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 March 1966
Format 7"
Recorded 1966
Genre Baroque popWall of Sound
Length 3:02
Label Philips Records

Smash Records (U.S.)

Writer(s) Bob CreweBob Gaudio
Producer Ivor Raymonde
The Walker Brothers singles chronology
"My Ship Is Coming In"


"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore"


I Need You EP


In 1966The 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[1] and also became their highest rating song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S., where it peaked at #13.[2] 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.

In 2012, the Walker Brothers version played a prominent role in the film Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.

Track listing[edit]Edit

Philips - BF 1473 / Smash Records S-2032
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore"   Bob CreweBob Gaudio 3:17
2. "After the Lights Go Out"   John Stewart 4:01


"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 Craig Kostich
Cher European singles chronology
"Not Enough Love in the World"


"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)"




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In the summer of 1996Cher 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."

Formats and track listings

UK CD Maxi-Single (WEA 071 CD)[3][4]

  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 White Label Remix (9:55)
  • Junior's Arena Mixshow
  • Trevor Horn Remix (4:03)


Chart (1996) Peak


UK Singles Chart[5] 26


"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore"
Single by Keane
Released April 20, 2005
Format 7" VinylDigital download
Recorded Helioscentric Studios, Rye, East Sussex
Genre Piano rock
Length 3:31
Label War Child music
Writer(s) Bob Crewe-Bob Gaudio-Tim Rice-Oxley
Producer Alex Lake

Nathan Thomas

Keane singles chronology
"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 by Tim Rice-Oxley, composer of the band and 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]Edit

Other notable artists who recorded this song include Jules ShearLong John BaldryClarence ClemonsThe Ides of MarchThe Lettermen (for their 1970 album Reflections), and Robson and Jerome.

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.[6] 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.[7]

Preceded by

"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" by Nancy Sinatra

UK number one single (by The Walker Brothers)

17 March 1966 (4 weeks)

Succeeded by

"Somebody Help Me" by The Spencer Davis Group

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