For a time in the early 60s with songs like “Ferry Cross the Mersey”, “Don’t Let the Sun Catch” You Cry “and” You will never walk alone “, the pacemakers competed with the Beatles

Gerry Marsden, whose band Gerry and the Pacemakers proved formidable rivals for the Beatles in the early 1960s rock scene in Liverpool, scored hits like “Ferry Cross the Mersey” and “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You” Crying ”and“ You will never walk alone ”died on Sunday in the Liverpool area. He was 78 years old

His death at Arrowe Park Hospital in the Merseyside metropolitan area was confirmed by his family in a statement, British news outlets said the cause was a heart infection

Gerry and the Pacemakers were the second band to be signed by Beatles manager Brian Epstein, but they received a # 1 single on the official British singles list ahead of the Beatles who did so in 1963 with their debut single “How Do You Do It “It beat the Beatles’ first chart winner,” From Me to You “, by three weeks

The Pacemakers’ next two singles, “I Like It” and “You´ll Never Walk Alone”, followed suit and made them the first act to climb the UK Singles Chart with their first three releases. They held that record for two decades until another Liverpool band, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, hit it

The pacemakers didn’t write their first hits The first two were from Mitch Murray, while the band plucked the brave ballad “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Carousel” (The Beatles took an earlier version of the bubbly at the behest of their producer George Martin How Do You Do It “on, but they weren’t happy with the song so it wasn’t released at the time. It didn’t make an appearance in the Beatles'” Anthology 1 “collection until three decades later)

Mr Marsden’s talent as a songwriter emerged in 1964, first as a co-writer with his bandmates of “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying”, then as sole writer of “Ferry Cross the Mersey”, named after the waterway that flows through Liverpool / p>

The melodies in these songs were of a size that exuded both melancholy and rapture, amplified by Mr. Marsden’s surging voice, while nailing the bouncy flair of the band’s lighter singles and mirroring it with his brisk rhythm guitar work, his wide reach gave him the ability to turn songs like “You’ll Never Walk Alone” into hymns, his group’s version of “Walk Alone” became a signature song for Liverpool Football Club and was later adopted by sports teams around the world

The pacemakers started their first Trifecta from U more slowly in the USAK Hits missed the US charts before “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying” rose to “No” 4 in Billboard Magazine and “Ferry Cross the Mersey” hit No.6. The group had two other U.S. Scores, a newly released “I Like It” and “I’ll Be There”, each of which was Billboard’s Top 20 in 1964

After his death, Paul McCartney wrote on Twitter: “Gerry was a buddy from our early days in Liverpool. He and his group were our biggest rivals in the local scene. His memorable appearances from” You’ll Never Walk Alone “and” Ferry Cross the Mersey “remains with many people as a reminder of a joyful time in British music”

Gerard Marsden was born on Sept. born 24, 1942, in the Toxteth section of Liverpool to Fredrick and Mary (McAlindin) Marsden His father was a railroad clerk who played ukulele, wrote The Guardian once His parents encouraged both Gerry and older brother Fred to play instruments Gerry chose guitar; Fred, the drums

The brothers’ first band, Gerry Marsden and the Mars Bars, played skiffle music, a British forerunner of rock’n’roll after the Mars company objected to the band’s appropriation of the name of their signature praline she to Gerry and the Pacemakers, rounded off by Les Chadwick on bass and Les Maguire on piano

The quartet has improved its skills in the same clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg that promoted the Beatles “We started playing German rock and roll in 1959,” said Mr Marsden told New Zealand television show “The Beat Goes On” in 2009, “We played from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. with a 15-minute break every hour. It was a great education in music”

Mr Epstein met the group at the record store he ran, NEMS Music, after seeing them play, signed them and secured a deal with Columbia Records at Mr. Marsden’s delight, Mr. Martin produced their early recordings “We’d only heard our voices on lousy tape recorders before,” he told the Beatles Bible website. “We couldn’t believe we sounded that good”

The UK string of the UK No. 1 was almost four, but their single “I’m the One”, written by Mr Marsden missed first place by one position, just behind “Needles and Pins”, from another Liverpudlian band, the Searchers. In 1965, the group played itself in the comedy film “Ferry Cross the Mersey”, which however was not popular and unflattering comparisons with the Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night” from a year earlier pulled

The group got their final American Top 40 score in September 1966 with “Girl on a Swing. They broke up a month later, Mr. Marsden then worked as a solo performer before reforming the Pacemakers in 1974, unsuccessful in the charts.” / p>

In the 1980s, Mr. Marsden was called the No. Back 1 position twice in the UK with re-recordings of his 60s hits for charity. After a fire at Bradford Football Stadium in Yorkshire in 1985 that killed 56 people, he formed a group called Crowd to create a new version of “You´ll Never Walk Alone” to cut ”

Four years later, after a deadly human crush during a soccer game at Hillsborough Stadium in South Yorkshire, he joined Paul McCartney, Holly Johnson of Frankie Goes to Hollywood and other artists to re-record Ferry Cross the Mersey, to benefit families of the victims, Mr Marsden continued touring the oldies circuit until he retired in November 2018

He married Pauline Behan in 1965 and she survived him along with their daughters Yvette and Victoria. His brother Fred died of cancer in 2006

Even in his later years, the famously humble Mr. Marsden was surprised by the international success of his band

“I used to think you had to be special to have a hit record,” he said of “The Beat Goes On.” We were just kids from Liverpool””

He recalled that his mom even took off when his band’s debut single, How Do You Do It, didn’t let it rise to his head: “When I told my mom the song was going to be no 1 said She: “That’s great. Now finish your fish and chips'”

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