Gerry and The Pacemakers Dec 16, 2008 3:26:23 GMT -5
Post by yerblues1968 on Dec 16, 2008 3:26:23 GMT -5
GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS
Gerry and The Pacemakers were a British rock and roll group during the 1960s. In common with The Beatles, they came from Liverpool and were managed by Brian Epstein.
Gerry Marsden formed the group in 1959 with his brother, Fred, Les Chadwick and Arthur McMahon. They rivaled the Beatles early in their career, playing in the same areas of Hamburg, Germany and Liverpool, England. McMahon (known as Arthur Mack) was replaced on piano by Les Maguire around 1961. They are known to have rehearsed at Camell Laird shipping yard at Birkenhead.
The band was the second to sign with Brian Epstein, who later signed them with Columbia Records (a sister label to The Beatles label Parlophone under EMI). They began recording in early 1963 with How Do You Do It?, a song written by Mitch Murray that Adam Faith had turned down and one that The Beatles chose not to release (they did record the song but chose to release their own song Please Please Me). The song was produced by George Martin and became a number one hit in the UK, until being replaced at the top by From Me to You, The Beatles' third single.
Gerry and The Pacemakers "How Do You Do It?" (1:52 minutes)
Gerry and The Pacemakers' next two singles, Murray's I Like It and Rodgers and Hammerstein's You'll Never Walk Alone, both also reached number one in the UK Singles Chart. Never before had the first three singles by a performer all reached the top spot (the feat would not be duplicated until Frankie Goes to Hollywood did it in the 1980s). You'll Never Walk Alone had been a favourite of Gerry Marsden's since seeing Carousel growing up (he turned down the Beatles' Hello Little Girl for this slot, which then became the first hit for The Fourmost). It soon became the signature tune of Liverpool Football Club. To this day, the song remains a football anthem, there and elsewhere, a phenomenon due to Gerry Marsden, rather than its Broadway composers.
Gerry and The Pacemakers "I Like It." (2:11 minutes)
Gerry and The Pacemakers "I Like It" in a later video during the '80s. (1:21 minutes)
Gerry and The Pacemakers "You'll Never Walk Alone." (2:41 minutes)
Gerry and The Pacemakers "You'll Never Walk Alone" 1965 live performance. (2:42 minutes)
Despite this early success, Gerry and The Pacemakers never had another number one single in the UK. Gerry Marsden began writing most of their own songs, including It's Gonna Be All Right, I'm the One, and Ferry Cross the Mersey, as well as their first and biggest U.S. hit, Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying, which peaked at #4, and which Gerry Marsden initially gave to Decca recording artist Louise Cordet in 1963. She recorded the song (Decca F11824), but without commercial success. They also starred in an early 1965 film called Ferry Cross the Mersey (sometimes referred to as Gerry & The Pacemakers' version of A Hard Day's Night), for which Marsden wrote much of the soundtrack. The title song was revived in the 1980s as a charity single for a ferry disaster appeal, giving Gerry another British number one in association with other Liverpool stars, including Paul McCartney and Frankie Goes to Hollywood's Holly Johnson.
Gerry and The Pacemakers "It's Gonna Be All Right." The video
is from the 1965 movie "Ferry Cross The Mersey." (3:24 minutes)
Gerry and The Pacemakers perform "I'm The One." (2:27 minutes)
Movie trailer for "Ferry Cross The Mersey" film presented by (manager) Brian Epstein.
Artists also included in the film are The Foremost and Cilla Black. (2:37 minutes)
Gerry and The Pacemakers perform "Ferry Cross The Mersey"
from their 1965 hit movie of the same title. (3:44 minutes)
Gerry and The Pacemakers "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying." (2:23 minutes)
In the US, they were signed by the small New York independent Laurie Records in 1963 and Laurie issued four singles during 1963 without success.
* How Do You Do It? / Away From You (Laurie 3162)
* I Like It / It Happened To Me (Laurie 3196)
* You'll Never Walk Alone / It's Alright (Laurie 3218)
* I'm The One / How Do You Do It? (Laurie 3233)
* I'm The One / It's Alright (Laurie 3233)
When The Beatles broke through in January, 1964, Laurie's next regular single release of Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying became a big hit and during 1964, Laurie coupled How Do You Do It? with You'll Never Walk Alone (Laurie 3261) and I Like It with Jambalaya (Laurie 3271) with great success.
By late 1965, their popularity was rapidly declining on both sides of the Atlantic. They disbanded in October 1966, with much of their latter recorded material never released in the UK.
Drummer Freddie Marsden died on 9 December 2006, age 66.
Gerry Marsden & The Pacemakers Official Site.