Former British Army captain Tom Moore, 99, is triumphant in his attempt to reach No. 1 in the U.K. singles chart with entertainer Michael Ball and the NHS Voices of Care Choir. Their much-vaunted version of “You'll Never Walk Alone” (Decca/Universal) ultimately outsells The Weeknd's “Blinding Lights” (XO/Republic/Universal) to claim the prize. On the album chart, Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Cinnamon's The Bonny (Little Runaway) debuts at the top.
Captain Tom has become a hero across the U.K. and beyond in recent weeks with his sponsored walk to raise funds for the NHS (National Health Service) and to mark his impending 100th birthday. Having set an initial target of £1,000, he has now raised more than £28 million. Moore now has a No. 1 single in time for his centennial, which falls next Thursday (April 30). Proceeds from the release go to NHS Charities Together.
The single led the Official Chart Company's midweek data before falling behind “Blinding Lights,” but a late and magnanimous intervention by The Weeknd himself, urging U.K. music fans to get behind his “rival,” helped seal the result. “You'll Never Walk Alone” finishes the week with 82,000 combined units to The Weeknd's 69,000.