Ron’s Golden Oldies – Featuring – Gerry Marsden

On Ron’s Golden Oldies this week…

Ron is featuring pioneer Rock and Roll artist Gerry Marsden (Pacemakers) on the program this Thursday

Streaming Live on  Northside Radio FM99.3 Sydney’s leading Community Radio Station.

“They were the second group signed by Brian Epstein”

Gerard Marsden MBE (24 September 1942 – 3 January 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 had the distinction of being the first act to have their first three recordings go to number 1 in the UK charts. Although they never had a number 1 in the United States, they were the second-most successful group from Liverpool, after the Beatles, to have hits on the United States pop charts.

Gerry and the Pacemakers formed in 1959. They were the second group signed by Brian Epstein, the first being the Beatles, and remained among his favourite artists.

Their first single was 1963’s “How Do You Do It?“, recommended by George Martin after it was initially given to the Beatles. This was the first number one hit for the Pacemakers. The group’s second number one was “I Like It“, followed by “You’ll Never Walk Alone“, both released later in 1963. The group’s other singles included “It’s Gonna Be Alright”, “I’m the One”, “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying”, and “Ferry Cross the Mersey”, all released in 1964.

A musical film Ferry Cross the Mersey, considered to be their version of the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night, written  by Tony Warren, and was released in 1965. The Pacemakers disbanded in October 1966. After leaving the group, Marsden maintained a low-key career on television, including a regular slot on children’s television in The Sooty Show.

He also starred in the West End musical Charlie Girl alongside Derek Nimmo. A new song, “Liverpool”, was added to the score to tie in with Marsden’s Liverpool accent. On Australian Charts Gerry had 12 hits between 1963 -1966….including 2 #1s and 4 top 10s. Gerry died sadly in January 2021

Ron will play many of Gerry’s hits during the show, along with many more of the early pioneers. 

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