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Gerry Marsden (1942–2021), Gerry and the Pacemakers singer

by Kirk Fox

Gerry Marsden was the lead singer of the British Invasion band Gerry and the Pacemakers.

Band from Liverpool

Gerry Marsden formed the band Gerry and the Pacemakers in 1959 with his brother Fred. The band from Liverpool followed a similar path to the Beatles, making their name in the clubs of their hometown and Hamburg, Germany. They were the second act to sign with Beatles manager Brian Epstein (1934–1967). The group made it big in the UK, hitting number one in 1963 with their first 3 singles, “How Do You Do It,” “I Like It,” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Another popular song in the UK was “Ferry Cross the Mersey.” The band achieved one top ten hit on the US charts in 1964 with “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying.” After the original band disbanded, Gerry Marsden would reform the group occasionally with new members. “You’ll Never Walk Alone” became famous as the anthem of the Liverpool Football Club.

Tributes to Gerry Marsden

Full Obituary: Variety


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