Hoping that you are all fit and well. Since the last newsletter Gerry has undergone knee surgery, which was causing him a lot of discomfort.
I am pleased to report that he is feeling much better now and is looking forward to this Autumns “Sixties Gold Tour”.
They say that all good things must come to an end. Well unfortunately this Autumn Sixties Gold Tour will be Gerry Marsdens farewell major tour. So make the most of this opportunity and book your tickets.
The bill is a brilliant line up with apart from Gerry and The Pacemakers, we have The Searchers, Brian Poole and The Tremeloes, (featuring Chip Hawkes and Dave Munden), Vanity Fare and Love Affairs founder and lead singer Steve Ellis. These five acts are without doubt some of the biggest of the 60’s and will bring back the memories of those wonderful heady days of that era that a lot of us still remember.
Dates cover most of the UK including Scotland and Wales, so don’t miss out to see Gerry on his last tour.
Since 1963 when Gerry toured with The Beatles and Roy Orbison, until 2014 when he toured with P.J. Proby, The Searchers, Tremeloes and Fortunes, during this period of over 50 years, Gerry has undertaken major tours every year except for those years when he was in the West End in “Charlie Girl”. His tours apart from those in the UK, have been mainly in the U.S.A. Canada, Australia and New Zealand His UK tours since the mid 80s have been mainly Solid Silver 60s, 60s Golden Greats and Sixties Gold. I would not like to work out the tens of thousands of miles that Gerry has travelled in order to perform and bring his fans so much pleasure. So Gerry, thank you for all those wonderful memories and have a great farewell tour.
But lets not get too down hearted as Gerry will be playing selected dates during 2018. Watch this website for dates.
BBC Radio 2 Sounds of The Sixties is proving very popular with Tony Blackburn. Tony took over from Brian Matthews after his passing which was a great loss. Brian presented many shows in the 60’s both on Radio and Television. His most popular possibly being ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’ which I think was on a Saturday tea time on ITV. If I am wrong I stand corrected !!! Gerry appeared many times on ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’ in the 60’s.
Tony’s new show is on live Saturday mornings between 6.00-8.00a.m.
Although early, it is repeated on a Monday but is also available on the BBC player. Tony has already played many Gerry and The Pacemakers singles and mentions last September 2016 when he hosted the ‘Rock The Boat Cruise’ with many 60’s stars including Gerry and The Pacemakers.
He always says what a friendly and great guy Gerry is.
I am sure that many of you watch Youtube on your computers where you can type in the name Gerry and The Pacemakers and up comes an amazing array of videos of Gerry from the 60’s to the present day. Virtually every song that he has recorded can be found there along with footage of many past shows. One of these videos that I like is where Gerry and The Pacemakers are on an American show in the 60’s with The Everly Brothers. Gerry is singing their songs and the Everly Brothers are singing Gerrys. At one point Gerry accidentally hits one of the Everly Brothers with his guitar, but of course they all carry on regardless, great stuff. Another part of the content is where people comment and it is amazing how people compliment Gerry’s singing, particularly on ballads
such as ‘I’ll Be There’ and ‘Walk Hand In Hand’, especially after fifty years plus since these recordings were released.
This November 2017 will mark 54 years since ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ was released. We all know it was Gerry’s third No 1 in a row, which at the time was a record achievement and that it was to become the anthem of Liverpool Football Club and many clubs across the globe, but when Gerry was asked to sum up ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ in just a few words he replied:-
“I was with Bill Shankly in the U.S.A. doing the Ed Sullivan Show and all the team came to see it. I said to Ed lets bring the boys on stage and we’ll all sing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. We did the song to 66 million people throughout the States and as we were walking off set, Bill Shankly said to me ‘Gerry my son, I’ve given you a football team and you’ve given us a song. What more can I say after the great man said that?”
Finally we wish Gerry a Happy 75th Birthday for September 24th. Also on the same day Pacemakers leader Tony Young will be 57. We also wish him a happy birthday.
Gerry and his wife Pauline celebrate 52 years of marriage on October 4th. We send them both our best wishes for their anniversary.
My thanks to Ian Ashton and Gerry for their help in producing this newsletter.
Until next time.