In 1962 Gerry & the pacemakers had a contract with manager Brian Epstein as a second group in addition to the Beatles. They got hits like Ferry Cross the Mersey(1964/65) and Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying (1964). The song you'll Never Walk Alone (1963) by Rodgers & Hammerstein, had made that impression on Marsden after he had seen the film Carousel in his youth, became their biggest hit. This song has been covered many times and has been the club song of Liverpool.
Their song Ferry Cross the Mersey in 1989 again reached the charts after a new version was released as a tribute to the victims of the Hillsboroughramp with the participation of artists originating from Liverpool The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney and Stock, Aitken & Waterman. This version remained 3 weeks at number 1 in the UK singles chart.
Gerry and the pacemakers were already years apart. The group stopped in October 1966.
The group came together in 1959 and was originally called Gerry Marsden and the Mars Bars, but when Mars Incorporated objection to that name, they changed that in Gerry and the pacemakers. The occupation was originally:
- Gerry Marsden, vocals and guitar
- his brother Fred Marsden, drums
- Les Chadwick, bass guitar
- Arthur Mack, piano
Arthur Mack in 1961 was replaced by Les Maguire.
Fred Marsden died in 2006.
|Single (s) with any charts in the
the Dutch Top 40
|How do you do it?||1963||07-1963||29||8|
|Ferry ' cross the Mersey||1989||17-06-1989||20||5||with The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney & Stock, Aitken & Waterman /No. 21 in the Single Top 100|
|You'll never walk alone||1995||04-03-1995||24||6||No. 34 in the Single Top 100|
|Number (s) with markings
in the Radio 2 Top 2000
|' 99||' 00||' 01||' 02||' 03||' 04||' 05||' 06||' 07||' 08||' 09||' 10||' 11||' 12||' 13|
|Ferry ' cross the Mersey||1125||983||852||1392||1168||1607||1574||1858||-||1810||1922||1913||1991||-||-|
|How do you do it||1913||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|You'll never walk alone||296||504||868||718||526||656||632||632||708||624||646||654||614||731||633|