VE Day concert

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Alfie and Michael entered the UK album chart at number one! An amazing achievement for the pair and also for all of you for going out and buying it in your thousands – the most albums bought by one person (that I saw) was ten!  Anyone bought more than that?

Ball and Boe’s first album, Together, also re-entered the album chart at number 36 which is perfectly timed for this week’s Alfie Boe Best Live Song which comes from that album:

You’ll Never Walk Alone at Eastnor Castle was nominated by Pauline Merrick and was the encore performance for both the 2017 summer concerts and the 2016 Together tour.  The song was chosen in part as a tribute to the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster and the song was received incredibly emotionally when sung in Liverpool.  Alfie and Michael also performed this at the 2016 Festival of Remembrance.

Despite it’s undoubted footballing connotations in the UK, the song is of course originally from the 1945 musical, Carousel, which Alfie appeared in earlier this year.  However, Alfie’s character, Billy Bigelow doesn’t get to sing this song and it was a pleasure to hear Brenda Edwards’ Nettie sing it in the ENO production.

You’ll Never Walk Alone has been recorded many times but for us in the UK, the most famous version is that of Gerry and the Pacemakers from 1963:

Although it was the Together version that was nominated, I couldn’t resist including a video of Alfie singing this at the VE Day celebrations in 2015, as it was the first time he sang this for a long time:

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Actually, that’s not quite right!  Back in December, just after the end of the Together tour, Alfie recorded vocals for an as then unnamed project.  Today, we learnt that those vocals were for a new album by Dame Vera Lynn, which is where the misnomer of the headline comes in:  although the song is a duet of We’ll Meet Again, Alfie did not record with Dame Vera as her vocals are a reworking of some of her most famous songs.

Vera Lynn 100 is being released to celebrate the 100th birthday of the former ‘forces sweetheart’, making her the first centenarian to release an album.  This album is now available to pre-order here:

Wouldn’t it be awesome if Dame Vera became the first centenarian with a number one album?  It’s not unheard of – her last album hit the top spot!

Alfie has of course sung We’ll Meet Again with another ‘forces sweetheart’, Katherine Jenkins at the VE day celebration concert in 2015:

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