The 99-year-old World War II veteran Tom Moore became famous for his courageous donation run. Now he’s conquering the charts with the Liverpool Football Club anthem.
The British World War II veteran Tom Moore made after his brave fundraiser for health workers now topped the UK charts. A few days before his 100th birthday, Moore was named the oldest man with a number 1 hit by the Guinness Book of Records on Friday. His version of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” went straight to number one and has sold 82,000 copies so far.
Moore became famous for raising the sum of £ 28m for the National Health Service (NHS) since mid-April. After a hip operation, the former captain had planned to walk his 25-meter garden 100 times with his rollator and get sponsorship for it until his 100th birthday on April 30. The campaign was so well received that Moore can now transfer a million euros to the NHS.
With the song “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, the 99-year-old wants to increase his efforts again. The hymn the Liverpool Football Club – popularized by Gerry and the Pacemakers in 1963 – was recorded with singer Michael Ball and the NHS Choir. “This is the most extraordinary thing, one of the proudest moments of my career, but it’s not about me, it’s about Captain Tom,” said singer Michael Ball.
Official Charts Company CEO Martin Talbot called Moore “a hero for all of us” and said the performance “should lift everyone’s spirits in these extraordinary times.” According to the company, the oldest number 1 artist was previously Tom Jones, who secured the top spot at the age of 68 with the benefit single “(Barry) Islands in the Stream” from 2009 at the age of 68.
Moore also received an entry in the Guinness Book for the highest amount of donations ever collected on a charity walk. The civil engineer had signed up for the army at the beginning of the Second World War. He served in India and Myanmar, then Burma. (AFP)