The Crowd were a group of actors, singers, personalities and sportsmen who came together with the help of Gerry and the Pacemaker’s Gerry Marsden to record a version of his classic song ‘You’ll never walk alone’.
The song entered the charts at number four before reaching the number one spot on June 1st 1985. Having decided to collect the money and donate it as a lump sum to the fire disaster fund, Marsden was shocked to discover that the appeal had been closed, and the organisers had told him that they didn’t want the money. In the end, the money was donated instead to the burns research unit in Bradford.
The music publishers of the record refused to waive their royalties, resulting in a much-reduced donation of £132,000.
To find out more about the band and who appeared on the song visit the Wikipedia page.
An embed of the band’s video from Top of the Pops in 1985 is embedded below.