Tag: Gerry and the Pacemakers

Friday 9/23/22 11am ET: Feature Artist: Gerry & The Pacemakers

Gerry and the Pacemakers were a British beat group prominent in the 1960s Merseybeat scene. In common with the Beatles, they came from Liverpool, were managed by Brian Epstein, and were recorded by George Martin. Their early successes alongside the Beatles were instrumental in popularizing the Merseybeat sound and launching the wider British beat boom of the mid-1960s.

They were the first act to reach number one in the UK Singles Chart with their first three single releases: “How Do You Do It?”, “I Like It” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. This record was not equalled for 20 years, until the mid-1980s success of fellow Liverpool band Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Another of their most famous songs, “Ferry Cross the Mersey”, refers to the River Mersey, which flows past Liverpool, and was the title song for the film of the same name. The group also enjoyed some success in North America as part of the British Invasion with seven of their singles reaching the US top 40, the most popular being “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying”.

Gerry Marsden – lead vocals, guitar (1956–1966, 1972–2018; died 2021)
Les Chadwick – bass (1956–1966; died 2019)
Les Maguire – piano, backing vocals, harmony vocals (1961–1966)
Freddie Marsden – drums and backing vocals (1956–1966; died 2006)
Arthur (Mack) McMahon – piano (1956–1961)
Jose McLaughlin – piano, guitar, musical director (1970–1974)
Billy Kinsley – bass (The Merseybeats, Liverpool Express, Kinsleys, Rockin Horse)
Pete Clarke – drums (The Escorts)
Bill (Faron) Ruffley – 2nd vocalist of the band in Hamburg (Faron’s Flamingos)

In Memoriam: Gerard Marsden (1942 – 2021) (Gerry and The Pacemakers)


Gerard Marsden MBE (September 24, 1942 – January 3, 2021) was an English singer-songwriter, musician and television personality, best known for being leader of the Merseybeat band Gerry and the Pacemakers. He was the younger brother of fellow band member Freddie Marsden.

Gerry and the Pacemakers were the second most successful group from Liverpool, after The Beatles, to have hits on the United States pop charts. Their 1965 musical film Ferry Cross the Mersey was co-written by Coronation Street creator and writer Tony Warren.

Marsden had an older brother, Freddie, who co-founded and played drums in Gerry and the Pacemakers.

In 1965 Marsden married Pauline Behan, and they had two daughters, Yvette and Victoria.

In September 2003 Marsden had triple bypass heart surgery at Broad Green Hospital in Liverpool. He had a second heart operation in 2016, and announced his retirement in November 2018.

Marsden died on January 3, 2021 at Arrowe Park Hospital in Merseyside, after being diagnosed with a blood infection in his heart. He was 78 years old.

Feature Artist: The Searchers (Singles) 9pm ET

SearchersThe Searchers are an English beat group, which emerged as part of the 1960s Merseybeat scene along with the Beatles, the Hollies, the Fourmost, the Merseybeats, the Swinging Blue Jeans, and Gerry and the Pacemakers.

The band’s hits include a remake of the Drifters’ 1961 hit, “Sweets for My Sweet”; remakes of Jackie DeShannon’s “Needles and Pins” and “When You Walk In The Room”; an original song written for them, “Sugar and Spice”; a cover of the Orlons’ “Don’t Throw Your Love Away”; and a cover of the Clovers’ “Love Potion No. 9”. They were the second group from Liverpool, after the Beatles, to have a hit in the United States when “Needles and Pins” charted during the first week of March 1964. – Wikipedia