Jan 132021
 

Mrs Pauline Marsden and family would like to thank everyone for the thousands of messages and respect shown to Gerry that her and the family have received from all over the world. They feel humbled by the response to Gerry’s sad passing.

Pauline has asked me to inform everyone that as Gerry’s funeral will be a small private family affair due to the covid situation, as there will not be any flowers allowed, perhaps a donation to one of the following charities, in Gerry’s name, which were very close to his heart:

Claire House Children’s Hospice
Clatterbridge Road,
Bebington
Wirral
CH63 4JD
www.clairehouse.org.uk

Wirral Holistic Care Services
Solas, 6 Ashburton Rd, Prenton, Cheshire, CH43 8TW
/www.wirralholistic.org.uk/

British Heart Foundation
545 Prescott Road, Old Swan,
Liverpool, Merseyside, L13 5UR
+44 151 220 0898
www.bhf.org.uk/what-we-do/find-bhf-near-you/old-swan-bhf-shop

Robert Pratt

Jan 042021
 

It is with a sad heart that we announce the very sad passing of Gerry in Arrow Park Hospital on the Wirral, January 3, 2021

Myself and The Pacemakers are devastated at the sad news of Gerry’s passing. Losing such a Legend, who was loved the world over, is never easy.

We were all blessed and honoured to work with Gerry over many years.

Our condolences and deepest sympathies are sent to Pauline and the family at this very sad time.
R.I.P Gerry

YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE

Robert Pratt

Apr 042019
 
Gerry & Phil, 26.02.2006

After sixty years of live performing, Gerry has hung up his guitar and can now spend a well earned retirement with his wife Pauline and family.  I, with the whole of his worldwide fans, wish him a healthy retirement and thank him for the wonderful music and live performances that have enriched our lives.

So for over forty years I have been involved.  In that time I have visited theatres and clubs up and down the U.K on a regular basis. I have also had the pleasure of being at TV studios, recording studios etc.  I was asked to contribute to Gerry’s Autobiography in 1993 and it was an honour to be invited to his ‘Honorary Freedom of The City of Liverpool’ in 2009.

So I, like everyone will miss his appearances and wonderful music.  In an age now when pop artists are manufactured virtually overnight, in the 50’s and 60’s acts like Gerry and The Pacemakers served their apprenticeships in their local clubs, church

Halls, etc. then onto The Cavern and stints in Germany’s sea port clubs where they would perform seven hour shows with fifteen minutes off every hour.  This was all before they could even think of making a record!!!

When watching and listening to Gerry perform, his act always had what I call light and shade.  In other words he would sing an up tempo rock song, then he would belt out a ballad.  Whatever the song, he was always the master.

Of all the venues I have been to over the years, I have to say that everyone ended with a standing ovation.

Gerry has always been loyal to his city of birth – Liverpool.  Whereas many Liverpudlians left Merseyside when they found fame, Gerry has always remained there, loyal to his city and background.  He has always been involved both locally and nationally with various charities.  For this work he was awarded the M.B.E. in 1993.

Gerry may have retired from performing, but his music is still out there.  Every home game for his beloved Liverpool F.C. commences with his ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.  It is also sung at many other grounds around the world. ‘Ferry Cross The Mersey’ the song Gerry wrote for the people of Merseyside and the title track from the film of the same name starring Gerry and The Pacemakers, is played every time the Mersey Ferry docks at the landing stage Pier Head, Liverpool.   Gerry and The Pacemakers songs and many concert appearances, interviews etc. can be heard and seen on YouTube.

For those of us of a certain age, the 60’s were a great time to grow up.  Life was simpler, times might have been harder, but we were happy especially with great music.  Life is about memories and I know we all have great memories when we listen to Gerry’s music.

So Gerry from all your fans, have a happy and healthy retirement and thanks for your music, your fun, your laughter and wonderful memories.

Best Wishes
Walk On.
Phil. Tucker.

Sep 062017
 

Dear Friends,
Hoping that you are all fit and well. Since the last newsletter Gerry has undergone knee surgery, which was causing him a lot of discomfort.
I am pleased to report that he is feeling much better now and is looking forward to this Autumns “Sixties Gold Tour”.

They say that all good things must come to an end. Well unfortunately this Autumn Sixties Gold Tour will be Gerry Marsdens farewell major tour. So make the most of this opportunity and book your tickets.
The bill is a brilliant line up with apart from Gerry and The Pacemakers, we have The Searchers, Brian Poole and The Tremeloes, (featuring Chip Hawkes and Dave Munden), Vanity Fare and Love Affairs founder and lead singer Steve Ellis. These five acts are without doubt some of the biggest of the 60’s and will bring back the memories of those wonderful heady days of that era that a lot of us still remember.
Dates cover most of the UK including Scotland and Wales, so don’t miss out to see Gerry on his last tour.

Since 1963 when Gerry toured with The Beatles and Roy Orbison, until 2014 when he toured with P.J. Proby, The Searchers, Tremeloes and Fortunes, during this period of over 50 years, Gerry has undertaken major tours every year except for those years when he was in the West End in “Charlie Girl”. His tours apart from those in the UK, have been mainly in the U.S.A. Canada, Australia and New Zealand His UK tours since the mid 80s have been mainly Solid Silver 60s, 60s Golden Greats and Sixties Gold. I would not like to work out the tens of thousands of miles that Gerry has travelled in order to perform and bring his fans so much pleasure. So Gerry, thank you for all those wonderful memories and have a great farewell tour.

But lets not get too down hearted as Gerry will be playing selected dates during 2018. Watch this website for dates.

BBC Radio 2 Sounds of The Sixties is proving very popular with Tony Blackburn. Tony took over from Brian Matthews after his passing which was a great loss. Brian presented many shows in the 60’s both on Radio and Television. His most popular possibly being ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’ which I think was on a Saturday tea time on ITV. If I am wrong I stand corrected !!! Gerry appeared many times on ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’ in the 60’s.
Tony’s new show is on live Saturday mornings between 6.00-8.00a.m.
Although early, it is repeated on a Monday but is also available on the BBC player. Tony has already played many Gerry and The Pacemakers singles and mentions last September 2016 when he hosted the ‘Rock The Boat Cruise’ with many 60’s stars including Gerry and The Pacemakers.
He always says what a friendly and great guy Gerry is.

I am sure that many of you watch Youtube on your computers where you can type in the name Gerry and The Pacemakers and up comes an amazing array of videos of Gerry from the 60’s to the present day. Virtually every song that he has recorded can be found there along with footage of many past shows. One of these videos that I like is where Gerry and The Pacemakers are on an American show in the 60’s with The Everly Brothers. Gerry is singing their songs and the Everly Brothers are singing Gerrys. At one point Gerry accidentally hits one of the Everly Brothers with his guitar, but of course they all carry on regardless, great stuff. Another part of the content is where people comment and it is amazing how people compliment Gerry’s singing, particularly on ballads
such as ‘I’ll Be There’ and ‘Walk Hand In Hand’, especially after fifty years plus since these recordings were released.

This November 2017 will mark 54 years since ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ was released. We all know it was Gerry’s third No 1 in a row, which at the time was a record achievement and that it was to become the anthem of Liverpool Football Club and many clubs across the globe, but when Gerry was asked to sum up ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ in just a few words he replied:-
“I was with Bill Shankly in the U.S.A. doing the Ed Sullivan Show and all the team came to see it. I said to Ed lets bring the boys on stage and we’ll all sing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. We did the song to 66 million people throughout the States and as we were walking off set, Bill Shankly said to me ‘Gerry my son, I’ve given you a football team and you’ve given us a song. What more can I say after the great man said that?”

Finally we wish Gerry a Happy 75th Birthday for September 24th. Also on the same day Pacemakers leader Tony Young will be 57. We also wish him a happy birthday.

Gerry and his wife Pauline celebrate 52 years of marriage on October 4th. We send them both our best wishes for their anniversary.

My thanks to Ian Ashton and Gerry for their help in producing this newsletter.

Until next time.
Best Wishes,
Walk On.
Phil Tucker.

Dec 192016
 

Dear Friends,

Hope this newsletter finds you well.  Gerry and The Pacemakers are approaching the end of another year of touring which has seen them covering many miles crossing up and down the U.K.

The ‘Gerry Cross The Mersey’ shows are still  proving very popular.  Many will have noticed that different support acts have been introduced in the last year to add even more variety and this has been very successful.  Gerry of course is the one that the audience has come to see and he never disappoints.  From the moment he walks onto that stage and belts out the opening lines of ‘How Do You Do It?’ the crowd is travelled back in time to those heady days of the 60’s and so it is to the finale of ‘Walk Alone’ when everyone is on their feet with hands waving in  the air to the most sung football anthem of all time.

Dates are now released for the ‘Gerry Cross The Mersey’ 2017 tour which commences in Aberdare on January 19th.  More dates may be added so please refer to the tour page on this website.

Gerry and The Pacemakers will also be appearing at the Benidorm Palace, Spain on March 5th.

The Rock The Boat Cruise on September 30th last on the aptly named ‘Celebrity Eclipse’ was a sell out and hugely successful.  Gerry enjoyed the trip immensely and was supported by other sixties artists.

It was with sadness that we lost another sixties icon Bobby Vee on October 24th last at the age of 73.  I had the pleasure of meeting Bobby in March 1992 at the King Georges Hall Blackburn at the start of a tour entitled 60’s Golden Greats.  On the bill were Gerry and The Pacemakers, Bobby Vee and Tommy Roe.  He was a very friendly guy and when we spoke I remember him saying that he had been window shopping in Blackburn prior to the show.  Great memories.

Someone asked the question in a national daily tabloid :- “Does Gerry Marsden ever go to Anfield and sing You’ll Never Walk Alone”, the most famous fan song of all time?  The reply was …..  It’s often forgotten that You’ll Never Walk Alone is a show tune from the 1945 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical ‘Carousel’  It has been recorded by many artists including Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Elvis Presley and Andy Williams, but Gerry and The Pacemakers 1963 version has become the Standard spending four weeks at No1.  Liverpool F.C. fan Marsden has sung the song at anfield on several occasions.  He gave stirring renditions in 2009 and 2014 at the 20th and 25th anniversary memorial services for the Hillsborough disaster.  He also performed it live at Anfield on October 24th 2010 before Liverpool-Blackburn Rovers Match.  He sang it at Wembley before the post Hillsborough F.A. Cup Final between Everton and Liverpool in 1989 too.

It was of course the fans themselves that adopted the song.  In the early 60’s they would play the top records of the day at Anfield prior to kick off.  When Walk Alone dropped from the charts, it was not played but the crowd soon had it re-installed and that is how it became the anthem for Liverpool F.C. and since then the anthem for many clubs across the globe.

Whilst on the nostalgia scene, let us look at a  few concert dates that Gerry appeared during his illustrious 50 year plus career.

October 19th 1961.   Gerry and The Pacemakers were joined by The Beatles and went under the name of The Beatmakers at Litherland Town Hall, Merseyside.

April 21st 1963 Gerry and the Pacemakers join Joe Loss and his Orchestra, Cliff Richard, Frank Ifield, Adam Faith, Joe Brown and others at the Empire Pool London.

October 28th 1964.  Gerry and The Pacemakers join Chuck Berry, Beach Boys, Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Billy J.Kramer, Rolling Stones at the Santa Monica Auditorium, California U.S.A.

January 10th 1984  Gerry and The Pacemakers appear with The Troggs, Swinging Blue Jeans, Tremeloes at the Edinburgh Playhouse,

November 1st 1986  Gerry and the Pacemakers appear with The Searchers, Mindbenders, Chad and Jeremy and Freddie and The Dreamers at the Star Plaza Theatre, Merrillville, U.S.A.

October 23rd 2009  Gerry and The Pacemakers appear with The Complete Beatles and Chip Hawkes at the Cresset, Peterborough.

May 28th 2010  Gerry and The Pacemakers appear at the River Rock Casino, Richmond, B.C. Canada.

April 10th 2011  Gerry and The Pacemakers appear with Hermans Hermits at the Bruce Mason Theatre Auckland, New Zealand.

November 17th 2012  Gerry and The Pacemakers with The Animals, P.J. Proby, and Steve Ellis at the Alban Arena, St.Albans U.K.

September 14th 2014  Gerry and The Pacemakers with Billy J. Kramer, Mike Penders Searchers, Denny Laine at the Westbury Theatre, New York, U.S.A.

I think if we were to add up the number of show appearances that Gerry has performed, we would be staggered.  In the mid 70’s and 80’s, when the club scene was at its height e.g. Batley, Wakefield, Lakeside etc. Gerry would be appearing for a full week.  Nowadays it is one nighters in theatres which of course involves a lot more travelling.

A Sixties Gold Tour is being planned at the moment and when the line up and dates are confirmed, it will appear on this website.

Until then thank you for your support.  As this will be posted in December, I would like to wish you all on behalf of Gerry, The Pacemakers, Ian Ashton Gerry’s P.A. and Robert Pratt Gerry’s Manager and myself a peaceful Christmas and Happy New Year.

My thanks to Gerry and Ian for their help.

Walk On. 

Phil Tucker.

Mar 242016
 

Dear Friends,

Hope you are all well.  The current Gerry Cross The Mersey shows are doing great business,  reports Gerry’s PA Ian Ashton.  The line up of the Pacemakers, Rachel Sinnetta and Gerry Marsden is certainly a winning formula.  As those who have been to a recent show will have noticed, The Pacemakers have a new recruit in their line up, bassist Joe Mitchell has left.  In his place we have Anthony Harty.

The current tour comes to an end on May 28th at Solihull Arts Centre and the Autumn dates commence on the 18th of August at Burgess Hall, St. Ives Cambridgeshire.

On September 30th Gerry and The Pacemakers will be setting sail from Southampton on a three day cruise entitled “Rock The Boat”.  They will be on the cruise liner “Celebrity Eclipse” which will call at Zeebrugge and Cherbourg before returning to Southampton.  Also on board, amongst others, will be Gary Puckett, The Searchers, Brian Poole and Chip Hawkes, The Troggs, The Merseybeats and The Fortunes.

Gerry’s dates for 2016 can be found on the tour dates page.  Dates are already being pencilled in for 2017 and these will be on the web site when confirmed.

It was very sad to hear of the passing of George Martin on March 8th at his home in

Wiltshire.  Gerry was inundated with calls for interviews etc., which he did for Sky News and several radio stations.

Gerry first met George Martin in December 1962.  George had come up to Liverpool to see The Beatles.  However, Brian Epstein (Gerry and The Beatles manager) hastily arranged a gig for Gerry and The Pacemakers at The Majestic, Birkenhead and casually invited George to cross the Mersey to see the boys whilst he was in the area.  Gerry remembers and I quote ”We’d learned ‘How Do You Do It?  by then; I was told by Brian that Lennon had turned it down in favour of something he’d written called ‘Please Please Me’.  I was told that Adam Faith had also turned it down.  After seeing us at The Majestic, George Martin told Brian that we didn’t even need a record test and that we should go to London to record the song.  In January 1963 our van broke down on the journey south.  It was snowing and freezing.  It took us an hour to record it and George asked if we had a song that we’d written for the B side.  I said certainly and we quickly recorded ‘Away From You’.  Ron Richards, who George had put in charge of our recordings, was great to work with.  He remembers how The Pacemakers and I arrived at the studios to record at 2.30 and by 5.30 we had completed both A and B sides….”

As they say the rest is history.  ‘How do You Do It? was released on March 14th 1963 and went straight to the top of the charts.  This was of course followed by ‘I Like It’ and ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.  It was the last song, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’

that George had suggested putting strings and orchestral accompaniment on it.  The result a worldwide hit and a worldwide football anthem.

Although George is remembered as the fifth Beatle, his influence on artists such as Gerry and The Pacemakers, Cilla Black, Billy J Kramer was immense.

On March 1st, we also lost Tony Warren.  Although known as the creator of the longest running soap opera,  ‘Coronation Street’,  he wrote the storyline for Gerry and The Pacemakers film ‘Ferry Cross The Mersey’.  It was filmed on location in Liverpool and at Elstree Studios.   Gerry remembers and I quote..”I’d always been a ferry user and ferry watcher, right from my days as a van delivery boy; the ferries were and still are, a vital part of the atmosphere of Liverpool.  They said I had to take part in the film and write a load of songs.  Ferry Cross The Mersey was a video before videos were invented.  Brian Epstein thought the film should have as many songs in it as possible, so it could be seen all over the world, as a showcase for us as performers.  It enabled us to show our faces around the world in countries where we couldn’t tour”…….

If ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ is the anthem for football, then ‘Ferry Cross The Mersey’ is the anthem for Liverpool people.

This summer will be 53 years since Gerry and The Pacemakers were topping the charts for the second time with their second release ‘I Like It’ and Gerry is still touring performing all his hits.  That is testimony to a great artist and great performer.

My thanks to Gerry and Ian for their help with this newsletter.

Until next time,

Walk On,

Phil Tucker.

Oct 152015
 

Dear Friends,

Just a short letter to let you know that I have had a communication from Rebecca Stewart of 7 Wonder Production Company.  They are producing a series for The BBC which will be aired in  the Spring of 2016 entitled “The Peoples History of Pop”.

They are crowd sourcing peoples memories and memorabilia from across U.K. covering all music from 1956 to 1996.  Obviously Gerry and The Pacemakers were, and still are a huge part of the British Music scene and so the series would not be complete without some great memories of being a Gerry and The Pacemakers fan back in the 60’s.

They are requiring physical mementoes i.e. ticket stubs, programmes, records etc. as well as the verbal stories which go with them.  They are interested in finding any fans who remember singing along to “You’ll Never Walk Alone” at Liverpool’s famous Kop.

The production company are doing a partnership with History Pin – an online sharing platform, so all you need to do is go on to www.phop.co.uk to upload your memories.

The best of what’s uploaded will then be featured in the documentary.

So please send your memories in!!!!!!

The September dates for Gerry Cross The Mersey, all went very well with Gerry and the lads in great voice and not forgetting Rachel.  Dates are already in the diary for February – May 2016 and will be on this website when finalised.

After the untimely death of Cilla Black in August, Gerry was in great  demand for interviews.  He and Ian his P.A. had an early morning train from Liverpool to London to appear live on TV Am Good Morning (as previously mentioned in Newsletter 122) and then on ITV This Morning.  He was also interviewed live on BBC Radio 4.  On returning to Liverpool he was interviewed by both the ITV and BBC news teams.

He was asked by well over a dozen news channels for interviews, but obviously can only be in one place at a time.  Both Gerry and Ian certainly had a hectic 24 hours.

Talking of Ian, he has just completed twenty years as Gerry’s P.A.  I remember meeting Ian for the first time when he brought Gerry to an engagement in Harrogate on October 14th 1995.  I am always grateful to Ian for his input with the newsletters.

Gerry’s next show will be in Scotland November 2nd -4th as part of the  All Star 60’s Show (See newsletter 122).

Until Next Time and don’t forget those memories !!.

Walk On.

Best Wishes,

Phil Tucker

Aug 072015
 

 

Dear Friends,

 

As mentioned last time, the ‘Gerry Cross The Mersey’ shows were to follow a different format.  Myself,  along with my wife Jean, were at the last show of the spring Tour at The Forum, Billingham and what a show.  First up were The Pacemakers with their covers of some of the greatest 60’s hits.  This had people clapping and singing along and set us all up for a great night.  As individuals, these guys are great musicians and great singers.  I particularly enjoyed Joe singing Handbags and Gladrags, despite the fact he was suffering with flu!!

After the Pacemakers finished to rapturous applause, it was the turn of a new girl, Rachel Sinnetta.  When she walked on stage, I thought it was Sandie Shaw.  Her set included songs by Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield and Petula Clark to name a few and she even took her shoes off to perform a Sandie Shaw hit.  She was excellent and added a new dimension to the show.  Rachel closed the first half to enthusiastic applause.

 

After the interval it was time for the man the crowd had all come to see.

Gerry came onto the stage to a crescendo of applause and was straight into ‘How Do You Do It?’  I hadn’t seen Gerry on stage for twelve months as a result of his illness, but his voice was as strong as ever and he was on top form.  He went through the hits and it was good to hear his rendition of the Eagles ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’. As always he chats and jokes with the audience often on a one to one basis.  After ‘Walk Alone’ he left the stage to a standing ovation.  It was great to see him back and everyone went home after a great evening.

 

There are dates this September for more Gerry Cross The Mersey Shows and also from February through to May 2016.

From October 6th to November 16th the All Star 60’s show will take to the road.

Please note that Gerry will only be appearing at the Scottish venues, namely Perth Concert Hall on November 2nd, The Music Hall Aberdeen on the 3rd, and the Pavilion Theatre Glasgow on the 4th.  The bill at the Scottish venues will also include Brian Poole and The Tremeloes , ( with original members Chip Hawkes and Dave Munden),  The Troggs and Badfinger.  The venues where Gerry is not performing, The Pacemakers will still be on the bill along with the Ivy League as well as the afore mentioned.

 

On July 9th, Gerry was the honoured guest at a special charity showing of his 1964 film Ferry Cross The Mersey.  The venue was the new Museum of Liverpool situated at the Pier Head, where of course you board the famous Ferry to cross the Mersey.  So it was very appropriate.  The event was organised by the charity Clapperboard and before the film was shown, Gerry took part in a question and answer forum which was chaired by Merseybeat officinado and author Spencer Leigh.  Amongst the guests were Merseybeat songstress Beryl Marsden (no relation), Dean Sullivan (of Brookside fame)  and Margaret Marsden (wife of the late Fred Marsden, original Pacemaker’s drummer and Gerry’s brother).

If you ever visit Liverpool,  the museum at the Pier Head is well worth seeing, as it shows Liverpool life and there is a section on  the Merseybeat scene with several artefacts including one of Gerry’s first guitars.

 

Gerry was featured in the Daily Express a couple of months ago as The Celebrity Traveller.  He stated how he loves Australia and New Zealand and his worst trip (though he was working) was in 1965 when he went to Warsaw to perform on a television show.  He also mentioned that he loves America, but also his love for Liverpool as it is constantly changing.  Gerry was pictured at Mijas in Spain where he has a family home.  A nice article.

 

Gerry recorded an interview for a BBC4 TV documentary entitled ‘How To Make A Number One Record’.  It has been shown several times on TV and no doubt will be repeated in the future.  It shows clips of him singing his first three No 1’s.  He went on to say that with him being the first recording artist to have his first three records at No1, it is something that will always be associated with him and it will stay with him forever.

 

I don’t know if you ever watch Pointless on BBC1, it is on most evenings around teatime.  If you don’t know the formula, the contestants have to answer questions that a random sample of people have not given the answer to.  Anyway,  recently the jackpot question was to name any Gerry and The Pacemakers top forty singles that were pointless.  The contestants answered Ferry Cross The Mersey, which was a high points score.  The answers that were Pointless were ‘I’ll Be There’ Walk Hand In Hand, It’s Gonna Be Alright and surprisingly, I’m The One.

 

Gerry will be celebrating his 73rd birthday on September 24th as will Pacemaker Tony Young who will be 55.  We send them both our best wishes.

 

Gerry and his wife Pauline will be celebrating their Golden Wedding on October 11th and we also wish them all the best for this special day.  What a milestone and they say showbiz marriages don’t last!!  Well done to them both.

 

My thanks to Gerry and Ian Ashton for their help with this newsletter.

 

Until NextTime,

 

Walk On

 

Best wishes, Phil Tucker.

 

 

As I am about to post this newsletter, I have just heard of the sad news of the passing of Cilla Black at the age of 72.  For those of us who remember the 60’s Merseybeat days, she was the cloakroom attendant at the world famous Cavern club and was encouraged to get up on stage by the likes of Gerry and The Beatles.  One of her favourite songs to perform in those early days was Fever.  After being signed up by Brian Epstein, she first toured with Gerry and The Pacemakers and her first acting role was in Gerry’s film Ferry Cross The Mersey.

Gerry appeared on ITVs Good Morning Britain on August 3rd which featured tributes from fellow artists and the public.  Gerry said that he knew she would always make it and become a big star.

Cilla had a holiday home in Spain only a few miles from Gerry.  Gerry’s wife Pauline and Cilla were very close friends as they had both worked together in Liverpool since leaving school and would visit the Cavern on a lunch time.  The rest as they say is history.

Our condolences go out  to Cilla’s family and friends.

 

Feb 252015
 

Dear Friends,

Hope you are all well and looking forward to longer days and warmer weather.

I am pleased to report that Gerry is now feeling much better and will be returning to the stage in March (see tour dates page).  It has been a long haul since he was taken ill with pneumonia last summer.

Our thanks go to Terry Sylvester for standing in for Gerry on the British Invasion Tour of America and Spencer Davis for doing likewise on the Solid Gold 60’s Tour of Autumn 2014.  Our thanks go to all the artistes on these tours for sending their good wishes for Gerry’s recovery.

A big thank you must also go to The Pacemakers (Tony, Steve, Nick and Joe) for all their hard work on the  60’s  Gold Tour.  Not only did they back Spencer Davis, Chip Hawkes and P.J. Proby, but performed their own spot singing a couple of Gerry’s hits.  Joe received huge applause for his rendition of Walk Alone.  Well done lads !!!

GERRY CROSS THE MERSEY

This tour commences at The Arden Hall, Castle Bromwich Birmingham on March 13th.  The formula for this tour is slightly different from before in that the first half sees talented female vocalist Rachel Sinnetta performing 60’s songs from the likes of Dusty, Cilla etc.  The second half sees Gerry with his songs and tales, ably backed by The Pacemakers.  A different twist on the show but one that is sure to be a huge hit.

BBC 4 No 1’s

Gerry was recently interviewed for a programme being produced by BBC 4 TV.

The programme centres around artists that have had No 1 records or singles.

As we all know, Gerry and The Pacemakers had three No 1’s in 1963 with ‘How Do You Do It?’, ‘I Like It’, and ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.

He was the first artist to have his first three releases reaching the top spot.  It was equalled in 1984 by fellow scousers ‘Frankie Goes To Hollywood’.  However the fact is that Gerry was the first artist to do it and they can’t take that away from him.

It must also be remembered that Gerry has been involved in three No 1 Charity singles.  Namely:-

  1. ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ by The Crowd for The Bradford City Fire Disaster 1985.
  2. ‘Ferry Cross The Mersey’ by Gerry Marsden, Holly Johnson, The Christians, Paul McCartney and Stock, Aitken and Waterman 1989 for the Hillsborough Disaster.
  3. ‘He Aint Heavy He’s My Brother’ by a host of stars 2012 for the Justice for 96 Campaign.

It is thought that the programme will be screened on BBC 4 in approx. four months time.  The good thing about BBC 4 is that they repeat programmes fairly frequently.

ALL THOSE YEARS AGO

May 1962.  Gerry and The Pacemakers play the Star Club in Hamburg with Gene Vincent and Tony Sheridan.

July 1963.  Gerry and The Pacemakers tour with The Beatles and Roy Orbison.

February 1964. Gerry appears on BBC TV ‘Juke Box Jury’.

October 1965  Gerry marries Pauline Behan at St. Marys Church Woolton.

November 1966 Gerry and The Pacemakers release their final single ‘Girl On A Swing’.

Gerry’s Manager Brian Epstein wrote of Gerry in the 1960’s and I quote …….

“Gerry is no butterfly on the scene…….. he will be with us for a great many years, because you cannot exhaust natural ability and because a pop singer who sends his first three discs to number one does not do so by accident”……

How true those words have proved to be!!!!!!!!

SNIPPETS

Gerry was invited to the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall as a guest of fellow musician Paul Carrack.  One of Paul’s favourite songs that he performs is Gerry’s self penned ‘Don’t Let The Sun  Catch You Crying’.  Paul can be seen on YouTube singing ‘Don’t Let The Sun’.

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One of Liverpool’s most famous ferry boats the ‘Royal Iris’ is lying in a deteriorated state tied up at the side of The Thames.  The Iris was known in the 60’s as the Fish and Chip Boat, as this was the boat that the Merseybeat Groups would play on and the crowds would dance the night away and take a break for their fish and chips.  Gerry and The Pacemakers played on it many times.

Campaigners are trying to bring it back to Liverpool for restoration.

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The years roll by and it’s fifty two years since Gerry and The Pacemakers had their three No 1’s. One year less when Gerry and the lads appeared in their film ‘Ferry Cross The Mersey’ and forty eight years since Gerry made his West End debut in ‘Charlie Girl’.

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Gerry is looking forward to seeing his fans at the shows and we are certainly looking forward to seeing him with The Pacemakers.

Walk On.

Phil Tucker.

Jul 032014
 

Dear Friends,

Hope everyone is well and enjoying the fine weather that we are having in the U.K.
As I put pen to paper, Gerry and The Pacemakers are taking a well earned break after five months touring the U.K. with their hugely successful  ……….

GERRY CROSS THE MERSEY

This tour commenced at The Forum Theatre in Billingham late January and completed its run at The Civic Hall in Bedworth, Warwickshire at the end of May, having covered most parts of the country.  I was fortunate to meet up with the boys at Billingham on the opening night and also at the Kings Hall Ilkley in May.

Both as always were great nights and it was nice to meet up with Wendy and Marion Brown at Billingham who have followed Gerry since their teenage years.

At Ilkley, it was great to hear Gerry sing ‘My Home Town’,  a song that he had recorded back in 1976 and featured in his act into the 80’s.  The song based on Gerry’s home town of Liverpool, applies to anyone who is a long way from home.

As I’ve mentioned many times before, these shows are always different, with different songs mixed with all the hits.  If Gerry hadn’t been a successful singer/songwriter he could have been (and is) a stand up comedian.

The Pacemakers ( Tony, Steve, Nick and Joe) as always are brilliant musicians, plus spot on with their harmonies.  The way they interact with Gerry is great and you can tell they are enjoying themselves and this comes across to the audiences who embrace them.

HILLSBOROUGH ANNIVERSARY 2014

The twenty fifth anniversary of Hillsborough took place in April at Anfield.

Twenty five thousand people were in attendance at the Memorial Service, together with the entire playing squad of Liverpool Football Club.  Amongst the many moving speeches, two were given by the Merseyside managers, Brendan Rogers and Roberto Martinez.  On the television coverage of the day, Gerry could be seen sitting on the front row with his p.a. Ian Ashton, grandson Thomas, former Liverpool mayor now MP Steve Rotherham and Leigh MP Andy Burnham, who was welcomed back after being heckled five years previous.

Gerry closed the service singing ‘Walk Alone’ as 96 red balloons were released in memory of those who tragically lost their lives.

THE GREATEST MERSEYSIDERS OF ALL TIME 2014 POLL

This poll was recently run by The Liverpool Echo and our Gerry came in at No 29 which is a great feat and testimony to a man who has always remained faithful to his roots.  He has always lived on Merseyside except for the time he was appearing in ‘Charlie Girl’ in London’s West End in the late 60’s.

He is involved in many charities and has raised tens of thousands of pounds over the years for them.  For this sterling work he received the M.B.E. from the Queen in 2003.

As I have mentioned many times you can take Gerry out of Liverpool and across the globe, but you’ll never take Liverpool out of Gerry.

SIXTIES GOLD TOUR 2014

After last years phenomenal success the line up is exactly the same. Billed as :-

‘Together Again by Popular Demand’ it stars:- Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Searchers, P.J. Proby, Brian Poole and Chip Hawkes and The Fortunes.

Again it visits most parts of the U.K. mainland starting in Salisbury at the City Hall on September 30th and running through to December 2nd where it ends its run at the Symphony Hall Birmingham.  The tour takes in forty one venues, some accommodating two shows.  Be sure to get your tickets early for the best seats.  All the dates can be seen on the tour dates page.

EPSTEIN GUEST HOUSE

This Beatle and Merseybeat themed hotel was the former family home of the Epsteins.  Brian Epstein became the most famous pop manager in musical history and a statue in his honour has been installed at the hotel.

Gerry went along in the spring to have a look around.  A video was made which can be seen on Youtube.  Gerry was interviewed and spoke of Brian.  He mentioned how he first met Brian in his record shop NEMS (North End Music Stores).  Gerry and many of the Merseybeat groups would go into Brian’s shop and ask him for records by American rock and rollers e.g. Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino etc.

When Gerry returned to Liverpool after a  residency in  Hamburg, he met Brian in The Cavern along with The Beatles, Brian said that he had signed The Beatles and found them a record contract.  Brian said he would like to sign and manage Gerry and his Pacemakers.  Gerry was over the moon, as it meant a recording contract.

Gerry said Brian was a lovely guy, polite, charming and a true gentleman.  Brian said that one day Gerry would be in the West End.  Sadly, Brian never saw this, but his focus was spot on.

The Epstein Hotel is on Anfield Road, Liverpool and is owned by Patrick Dugan.

BBC ONE SHOW

During April the BBC One Show, hosted by Chris Evans, introduced us to their music personality Carrie Grant who took us to Merseyside to tell us the story behind Ferry Cross The Mersey.  She introduced the article by saying that the first group to have their first three records at No 1 was not The Beatles but Gerry and The Pacemakers in 1963.  In 1964 Gerry Marsden wrote and recorded Ferry Cross The Mersey.  Brian Epstein had just released The Beatles film ‘A Hard Days Night’ and he told Gerry that he was next for a feature film.  The film was written by Tony Warren (who initially wrote Coronation Street).  All the songs for the film were written by Gerry including the title track Ferry Cross The Mersey.

Gerry is seen on the famous ferry with Carrie and tells her how the tune came into his head whilst taking his girlfriend Pauline out for dinner one night.  He stopped the car, went to a phone box, called his Mum and asked her to put the tape recorder next to the phone, start it, and he sang down the phone.  He went straight back home and wrote the song Ferry Cross The Mersey.   The meal that night never happened, but as Gerry says, we’ve had many a meal on that song since.

The song which is about Liverpool people, became a huge hit both in the U.K., the U.S.A. and the rest of the world.  In 1989 it, was recorded by Gerry with help from Paul McCartney, Holly Johnson and The Christians to help the families of the victims of the Hillsborough tragedy.  It reached No 1 in the charts of May 1989.  It is amazing to think it is 50 years since Gerry wrote and recorded it and is still performing the song to this day.  Again the clip from the BBC One Show can be see on  Youtube.

SNIPPETS

One of Gerry’s early guitars can be seen on show at the Liverpool Museum, Pier Head Liverpool.

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We wish Gerry a Happy Birthday for September 24th when he will be 72.

Also on the same day it will be Pacemaker leader Tony Youngs 54th Birthday.

We send them both our best wishes.

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Gerry and The Pacemakers made their debut at The Cavern on October 5th 1960.

Their final date at The Cavern was July 3rd 1963.  This was probably fulfilling a contract as by then they had conquered the No 1 chart position twice. !!!!!!!

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October 11th 1965 Gerry marries long time girlfriend Pauline Behan at St.Marys Church Woolton, Liverpool.  We wish them all the best for their 49th Wedding Anniversary.

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Finally I would like to thank Gerry and Ian Ashton for their help in producing this newsletter.

Until Next Time,

Best wishes,

Walk On,

Phil. Tucker.

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