I hope this newsletter finds you well and I am writing this on the warmest day of the year so far (that is in North Yorkshire), which is great after all the drab and wet days that we have had recently.
I am pleased to report that Gerry is now in great health, after having to cancel his concerts in the first half of the year, and after speaking to him recently, he cannot wait to be back on that stage and entertaining all his fans.
Gerry we cannot wait to see you back on that stage!!!
Thanks for your good wishes to Gerry both by letter and on this website.
Gerry is hoping to be back in early September with his ‘Gerry Cross The Mersey’ shows and then on September 14th he will be commencing :-
THE 2012 60’S GOLD TOUR
This years line up sees Gerry and The Pacemakers supported by good friend Chip Hawkes, P.J. Proby, and The Animals. During the 60’s these artists had over forty top 40 hits between them with several No1’s. Again another great line up. The tour visits most parts of England as well as North Wales and Scotland. The dates and websites for tickets can be found on this website.
GERRY CROSS THE MERSEY
As you will see from the tour dates page Gerry will be performing several GCTM shows prior to the Gold Tour. He will also be undertaking a few of those shows in between the Gold Tour. These are mainly shows that were cancelled in the late winter/early spring and have been re-scheduled. There are also some in the calendar for early 2013.
LIVERPOOL OLYMPIC TORCH & MATHEW STREET FESTIVAL
As we all know the country is now in the midst of Olympic fever and the Olympic torches have been making their way around our islands. On June 1st the Olympic Torch was ferried cross the Mersey from Birkenhead to the Pier Head Liverpool.
Invited guests included local MPs, Mayors and our Gerry who immortalised the ferries of Liverpool the world over and whose song is played when the ferry berths in Liverpool. It made a break for Gerry during his convalescing. Gerry said and I quote…..”This is a great thing for Liverpool and the people of the city embraced this; it’s going to be an evening to remember”.
I like many, watched it live on the BBC news channel and there were literally thousands of people there. A great site of the Liverpool waterfront and the weather was good.
The Mathew Street Festival which takes place over the Bank Holiday weekend in August, will see Gerry make his first public appearance since his illness, when he is due to appear at The Cavern. Visit the Cavern website for details nearer the time.
GOLDEN YEAR 2013
It will be fifty years next year that Gerry and The Pacemakers entered the charts with their first release ‘How Do You Do It? In fact it entered the charts on March 14th 1963 and shot to No 1. ‘I Like It’ their second release did the same. Both songs were written by Mitch Murray and when he offered them a third song Gerry decided to record ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, a song which he featured in his stage act for many years. This went straight to No 1 making Gerry and The Pacemakers the first band in pop history to have their first three releases all hit No 1. This feat was recognised in the Guiness Book of Records and stood for twenty years when it was equalled by another Liverpool group Frankie goes to Hollywood. Ironically the B side of one of their hits was Gerry’s ‘Ferry Cross The Mersey’.
1964 saw more hits including ‘I’m The One’ ‘Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying’, ‘It’s Gonna Be Alright’ And ‘Ferry Cross The Mersey’.
If ‘You’ll Never Walk alone’ was the anthem for football then ‘Ferry Cross The Mersey’ was the anthem for Liverpool and its people. Gerry wrote it as the title track for his film of the same name. It was in effect the first song by a Mersey group referring to their home town. The Beatles ‘Penny Lane’ came almost three years later.
During the next newsletters we will look back through the last fifty years and pick out the many milestones that Gerry has achieved. Plans for 2013 will be announced as they are revealed.
My thanks to Ian Ashton for his help and I am sure you will join me in wishing Gerry both best wishes as he completes his recovery and also congratulations for September 24th on his 70th birthday.
Also best wishes to Pacemaker Tony Young who will be 52 on the same day.
Gerry will also be celebrating 47 years of marriage on October 11th. We send Gerry and Pauline our best wishes.
Until next time.