British Invasion Rock Legend Gerry Marsden of ‘Gerry and the Pacemakers’ Dies

Hits of Liverpool, England Icon Include ‘Ferry, Cross the Mersey’ and ‘Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying’

A Brief One from Doug Draper, Niagara At Large

Posted January 4th, 2021 on Niagara At Large

Gerry Marsden, as some of us may remember him, with a group that was huge during the ‘British Invasion’ years of the 1960s – Gerry and the Pacemakers

I won’t spend a long time on this one because I am sure few people around now – unless you are a veteran of the early to mid-1960s Beatlemania and British Invasion – would remember Gerry Marsden and his Liverpool, England-based band Gerry and the Pacemakers.

Gerry Marsden died this January 3rd at age 78 and as a lover of music, going back to my very young years lapping up The Beatles and so many other bands that were part of what was then called ‘the British invasion’, his band Gerry and the Pacemakers, was huge at the time with hits like ‘Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying’ and ‘Ferry, Cross the Mersey’, and a much beloved cover of an old standard, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’

“Gerry was a mate from our early days in Liverpool, said former Beatle Paul McCartney in a statement after he learned of Marsden’s death. “He and his group were our biggest rivals on the local scene. His unforgettable performances of You’ll Never Walk Alone and Ferry Cross the Mersey remain in many people’s hearts as reminders of a joyful time in British music.”

An early poster for the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool, England, promoting shows by The Beatles and Gerry and the Pacemakers.

Indeed, another one of Marsden’s hits, a song called ‘How Do You Do It’, was originally pitched to the young and upcoming Beatles by their record producer George Martin, but they turned it down, vowing that they could write a song of their own that was better.

Beatles song smiths McCartney and John Lennon returned to Martin’s recording studio with a song called ‘Please, Please Me,’ which became one of the group’s earliest smash hits. ‘How Do You Do It’ went on to do very well for Gerry and the Pacemakers too.

I leave you with a video performance of one of my favourite songs by Marsden and his group. You can hear and watch by clicking on the screen immediately below –

For a BBC report on Gerry Marsden’s life and death, click on – https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-55524795 .

To watch a video Gerry Marsden posted on his Official Website as recently as this December, 2020, urging everyone to stay safe and asking for donations for health care, click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WH8SPlLfGWs&feature=emb_logo .

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3 responses to “British Invasion Rock Legend Gerry Marsden of ‘Gerry and the Pacemakers’ Dies

  1. I met Gerry a few years ago when he was performing at Niagara Casino. He was a funny, friendly bloke and still a great singer. When I told him I had attended the original Cavern on Mathew Street in the 60’s (before they stupidly demolished it only to build a new one) he said that deserved a kiss….and I got one!
    So many of the 60’s performers are dying off. At least You Tube is keeping their memories alive and bringing great music to new generations who are shocked that real live human beings a time long ago in a galaxy far far away could compose, play and sing songs and entertain without auto-tune and dancing girls to distract from their lack of talent.
    RIP Mr Marsden.

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  2. Many fond memories of their music. Another music legend gone.

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  3. You can listen to Gerry and the boys playing Ferry ‘cross the Mersey when you catch the ferry… https://bitaboutbritain.com/razzle-dazzle-ferry-cross-the-mersey/

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