After sixty years of live performing, Gerry has hung up his guitar and can now spend a well earned retirement with his wife Pauline and family. I, with the whole of his worldwide fans, wish him a healthy retirement and thank him for the wonderful music and live performances that have enriched our lives.
So for over forty years I have been involved. In that time I have visited theatres and clubs up and down the U.K on a regular basis. I have also had the pleasure of being at TV studios, recording studios etc. I was asked to contribute to Gerry’s Autobiography in 1993 and it was an honour to be invited to his ‘Honorary Freedom of The City of Liverpool’ in 2009.
So I, like everyone will miss his appearances and wonderful music. In an age now when pop artists are manufactured virtually overnight, in the 50’s and 60’s acts like Gerry and The Pacemakers served their apprenticeships in their local clubs, church
Halls, etc. then onto The Cavern and stints in Germany’s sea port clubs where they would perform seven hour shows with fifteen minutes off every hour. This was all before they could even think of making a record!!!
When watching and listening to Gerry perform, his act always had what I call light and shade. In other words he would sing an up tempo rock song, then he would belt out a ballad. Whatever the song, he was always the master.
Of all the venues I have been to over the years, I have to say that everyone ended with a standing ovation.
Gerry has always been loyal to his city of birth – Liverpool. Whereas many Liverpudlians left Merseyside when they found fame, Gerry has always remained there, loyal to his city and background. He has always been involved both locally and nationally with various charities. For this work he was awarded the M.B.E. in 1993.
Gerry may have retired from performing, but his music is still out there. Every home game for his beloved Liverpool F.C. commences with his ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. It is also sung at many other grounds around the world. ‘Ferry Cross The Mersey’ the song Gerry wrote for the people of Merseyside and the title track from the film of the same name starring Gerry and The Pacemakers, is played every time the Mersey Ferry docks at the landing stage Pier Head, Liverpool. Gerry and The Pacemakers songs and many concert appearances, interviews etc. can be heard and seen on YouTube.
For those of us of a certain age, the 60’s were a great time to grow up. Life was simpler, times might have been harder, but we were happy especially with great music. Life is about memories and I know we all have great memories when we listen to Gerry’s music.
So Gerry from all your fans, have a happy and healthy retirement and thanks for your music, your fun, your laughter and wonderful memories.