Hope you are all well and looking forward to longer days and warmer weather.
I am pleased to report that Gerry is now feeling much better and will be returning to the stage in March (see tour dates page). It has been a long haul since he was taken ill with pneumonia last summer.
Our thanks go to Terry Sylvester for standing in for Gerry on the British Invasion Tour of America and Spencer Davis for doing likewise on the Solid Gold 60’s Tour of Autumn 2014. Our thanks go to all the artistes on these tours for sending their good wishes for Gerry’s recovery.
A big thank you must also go to The Pacemakers (Tony, Steve, Nick and Joe) for all their hard work on the 60’s Gold Tour. Not only did they back Spencer Davis, Chip Hawkes and P.J. Proby, but performed their own spot singing a couple of Gerry’s hits. Joe received huge applause for his rendition of Walk Alone. Well done lads !!!
GERRY CROSS THE MERSEY
This tour commences at The Arden Hall, Castle Bromwich Birmingham on March 13th. The formula for this tour is slightly different from before in that the first half sees talented female vocalist Rachel Sinnetta performing 60’s songs from the likes of Dusty, Cilla etc. The second half sees Gerry with his songs and tales, ably backed by The Pacemakers. A different twist on the show but one that is sure to be a huge hit.
BBC 4 No 1’s
Gerry was recently interviewed for a programme being produced by BBC 4 TV.
The programme centres around artists that have had No 1 records or singles.
As we all know, Gerry and The Pacemakers had three No 1’s in 1963 with ‘How Do You Do It?’, ‘I Like It’, and ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.
He was the first artist to have his first three releases reaching the top spot. It was equalled in 1984 by fellow scousers ‘Frankie Goes To Hollywood’. However the fact is that Gerry was the first artist to do it and they can’t take that away from him.
It must also be remembered that Gerry has been involved in three No 1 Charity singles. Namely:-
- ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ by The Crowd for The Bradford City Fire Disaster 1985.
- ‘Ferry Cross The Mersey’ by Gerry Marsden, Holly Johnson, The Christians, Paul McCartney and Stock, Aitken and Waterman 1989 for the Hillsborough Disaster.
- ‘He Aint Heavy He’s My Brother’ by a host of stars 2012 for the Justice for 96 Campaign.
It is thought that the programme will be screened on BBC 4 in approx. four months time. The good thing about BBC 4 is that they repeat programmes fairly frequently.
ALL THOSE YEARS AGO
May 1962. Gerry and The Pacemakers play the Star Club in Hamburg with Gene Vincent and Tony Sheridan.
July 1963. Gerry and The Pacemakers tour with The Beatles and Roy Orbison.
February 1964. Gerry appears on BBC TV ‘Juke Box Jury’.
October 1965 Gerry marries Pauline Behan at St. Marys Church Woolton.
November 1966 Gerry and The Pacemakers release their final single ‘Girl On A Swing’.
Gerry’s Manager Brian Epstein wrote of Gerry in the 1960’s and I quote …….
“Gerry is no butterfly on the scene…….. he will be with us for a great many years, because you cannot exhaust natural ability and because a pop singer who sends his first three discs to number one does not do so by accident”……
How true those words have proved to be!!!!!!!!
Gerry was invited to the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall as a guest of fellow musician Paul Carrack. One of Paul’s favourite songs that he performs is Gerry’s self penned ‘Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying’. Paul can be seen on YouTube singing ‘Don’t Let The Sun’.
One of Liverpool’s most famous ferry boats the ‘Royal Iris’ is lying in a deteriorated state tied up at the side of The Thames. The Iris was known in the 60’s as the Fish and Chip Boat, as this was the boat that the Merseybeat Groups would play on and the crowds would dance the night away and take a break for their fish and chips. Gerry and The Pacemakers played on it many times.
Campaigners are trying to bring it back to Liverpool for restoration.
The years roll by and it’s fifty two years since Gerry and The Pacemakers had their three No 1’s. One year less when Gerry and the lads appeared in their film ‘Ferry Cross The Mersey’ and forty eight years since Gerry made his West End debut in ‘Charlie Girl’.
Gerry is looking forward to seeing his fans at the shows and we are certainly looking forward to seeing him with The Pacemakers.