On This Day

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The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine at Joe’s Pub, NYC:

This intimate set was a showcase for the American version of Storyteller, which was due for release in the USA at that time.  A whole host of US fans were able to attend, which is very lucky for everyone else, resulting in plenty of videos of the set.  The show has a relaxed feel and the two musicians worked so well with Alfie, despite them only having rehearsed with Alfie for a short time.  And, shallowly, it’s another excuse to see Alfie with his sexy specs. I chose this song as it’s more indicative of Storyteller, although I was sorely tempted by A Vucchella.

The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine was written by Bob Gaudio and and Bob Crewe for Franki Valli but the song wasn’t a hit until recorded by The Walker Brothers in 1966:

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Angie, at Dartford:

One of my favourite songs (I still don’t know how I missed it off my list of Six Sensational Songs), I’ve yet to hear it live.  One day, or at least I can hope!

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For Once In My Life, with Michael Ball at Scarborough:

Looking at the weather, this was one concert I wasn’t sorry to miss – let’s hope that we don’t get a repeat performance this week!

For Once In My Life is most famous as a hit for Stevie Wonder in 1967 but was actually recorded and released by Barbara McNair, Jean DuShon, Tony Bennett, The Four Tops and the Temptations before this. Let’s take a look at Stevie Wonder:

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One Vision at the Team GB celebration at the Royal Albert Hall – rock Alfie is well and truly to the fore: (Alfie starts at 2m55)

Alfie recorded this with Kimberley Walsh as the official song for Team GB and the 2012 Olympics, here’s what they had to say about the song:

One Vision was of course originally written and recorded by Queen and as we’ve subsequently learnt, Freddie Mercury was a big influence on Alfie’s life and music.  Click here for Alfie’s Freddie Documentary.

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The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore on the Alan Titchmarsh show:

This song wasn’t performed an awful lot outside of the Storyteller tour so it’s lovely to hear it here.  Just last week it was chosen as one of Deanna Lintern’s Six Sensational Songs.

Written by Bob Gaudio and Bob Crowe (Four Seasons) and recorded by Franki Valli, this original version was released and pretty much sank without trace, being totally eclipsed by the Walker Brothers version which was a smash hit:

The song has been recorded by Keane and Cher over the years and has also been used many times for TV and film, although the one that stands out head and shoulders for me is Truly Madly Deeply with Juliet Stevenson and Alan Rickman (forgive the voiceover, it’s a trailer!):

Don’t forget to tune into ITV1 on Saturday 3rd at 7pm for Saturday Night Takeaway where Alfie and Michael will perform on the End of the Show show!

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Danny Boy in the Utah Senate and 9 February was proclaimed as Alfie Boe Day in Utah!

Danny Boy was featured on Alfie’s 2013 album, Trust and is the only version of this song that I’ll happily listen to – the version I like best is that recorded as part of the commemmoration of JFK’s assassination:

Although of course traditionally associated with Ireland, the lyrics were in fact written by an English writer!

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…at the opening of the Blackpool Illuminations:

Another one for those who like the fresh faced Alfie as opposed to those who prefer the beard – no guesses which camp I’m in!

In 2006, Alfie was promoting his debut album, Classic FM Presents and the music choice reflects that, starting with Jerusalem and ending with the classical crowd pleaser, Nessun Dorma.   Alas, at that time, despite being well known locally, Alfie wasn’t well known enough to actually turn on the famous illuminations; I bet they’d love to have him do it now though!  Next year Alfie?

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…songs from his debut album, Classic FM Presents:

I would dearly love to hear Alfie sing these arias again to hear how his voice has matured.  We did hear Nessun Dorma on the Serenata tour of 2014 and Alfie has sung the odd aria over the years but I still want to hear more!

Against the Tide, an original song at Leeds Millennium Square:

This is the only time we have heard this song and every time I listen to it, I love it more – Alfie is having the time of his life and revels in teaching the audience to sing it.  Alfie fans are a talented bunch of people!

To my mind, this song suits Alfie down to the ground and would have fitted perfectly on his 2013 album, Trust.  I wonder if we will ever hear this song again, either live or on a future solo album?  Please, Alfie, please!  One thing’s for sure, Alfie never does anything remotely predictable so the direction of his next solo album could be absolutely anything!

 

Land of Hope and Glory with Annette Wardell at Alive @ Delapre:

Alfie can be seen sporting his Jean Valjean haircut for Les Miz Broadway in this video – do we like?  I’d completely forgotten that they sang this twice as we weren’t enthusiastic enough – and I’d also forgotten Alfie’s comments about what to wave!!!  This was my last concert that summer and the first time I took my son, 9 at the time.  He had a lovely time right up until Alfie started singing although he couldn’t help himself from singing along to quite a lot of the songs!

Land of Hope and Glory is of course heard annually at the Last Night of the Proms and was also England’s national anthem for the Commonwealth Games until 2010 – for those who have no idea about these games, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales compete as separate nations, hence the need for a different national anthem.  It was also included at the end of a number of Alfie’s 2015 summer concerts, either in those officially labelled as ‘Proms’ concerts or not.

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