Paul McCartney Leads Tributes to Gerry Marsden

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With the news of the passing of Gerry Marsden, the leader of the British Invasion era band Gerry and the Pacemakers, the singer was being mourned by the music world. Tributes to the popular Liverpool performer were led by Paul McCartney.

Marsden died at 78 on Jan. 3, 2021, of a heart infection. In 1963, Gerry and the Pacemakers scored three straight #1 singles in their native U.K. They earned numerous top 10 singles in the U.S. including the ballads “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying” and “Ferry ’Cross the Mersey” and the rocker “How Do You Do It?,” the latter also recorded (but not released) by the Beatles.

“Gerry was a mate from our early days in Liverpool,” wrote McCartney. “He and his group were our biggest rivals on the local scene.”

Ringo Starr wrote,”God bless Gerry Marsden; peace and love to all his family.”

Gerry and the Pacemakers’ recording of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” became a popular football anthem in the U.K., played at every home game at Liverpool’s Anfield ground. The football club paid tribute to their native son.

The Raiders’ Mark Lindsay shared an anecdote: “I was so blown away when the Raiders actually played with an ENGLISH group…after Gerry & the Pacemakers cleared out of their dressing room, I happened to go by the open door, and saw that they’d left behind a bottle of hair tonic. ENGLISH hair tonic. Even though the bottle was basically empty, I was such a fan of ENGLISH groups, I had to keep it as a souvenir. Rest In Peace, Gerry…one of the frontline soldiers in the British Invasion.”

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  1. G-Dub
    #1 G-Dub 4 January, 2021, 16:07

    Rip Gerry part of the British Invasion, never forget your great sounds

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