Aug 012012

Dear Friends,

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.


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.


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.


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.
Walk On.

Phil Tucker.

Dec 202011

Dear Friends,

Hope you are all okay and despite the economic gloom are looking forward to Christmas, which as I write this newsletter is not far away. So let’s see what has been going on and what’s on the horizon.


Again this has been a very successful tour with sell out houses at the majority of the venues.

The line up of Gerry and The Pacemakers, The Searchers, The Fortunes and Chip Hawkes, proved to be a winning formula.  The headlining acts of Gerry and The Pacemakers  and The Searchers alternated to close the show.  I, along with my wife Jean, saw the show at Bradford

St. Georges Hall on Friday November 18th.  On that particular night The Fortunes opened the show and The Searchers closed the first half.  Both were first class acts.  The second half was opened by Chip Hawkes superbly backed by The Pacemakers.  He gave us all the Tremeloes’  hits, culminating in ‘Silence Is Golden’. Another class act.

Then closing the show Gerry bounced on the stage giving us all his hits, one after another.

The time seemed to fly by.  In no time at all, we were into ‘Walk Alone’ where the whole audience were on their feet wanting more.  Gerry did not disappoint and gave a reprise of ‘Walk Alone’.

All in all a brilliant show, with a fantastic line up.

After the show, I went back stage to see Gerry and who did I bump into but Dave Burgess.  Dave was the Pacemakers drummer in the late 70’s early 80’s.  He was there with his family and it was great to see him.

After the show at Baths Hall, Scunthorpe, Gerry visited the local primary school  the St. Augustine Webster School the following morning as the children there had been involved with a 60’s project.  The children were delighted to see Gerry who took part in a question and answer session.  He spent time with them before taking to the road for the show at Bradford.


Gerry and The Pacemakers continue their musical journey throughout the U.K. with their own unique show ‘Gerry Cross The Mersey’.  This show is different everytime you see it, as Gerry sings those songs that influenced him and tells the stories from those heady days of the sixties.

They commence their 2012 tour at the Queens Theatre in Hornchurch and will be visiting most parts of the U.K.  Keep visiting the tour dates page on this website as more dates are being added.



A  farewell tour of Canada and U.S.A. is in the pipeline for 2012/2013 and a U.K. Autumn  60’s Gold tour is also planned. with acts to be confirmed.  More news when to hand.



This time we look at the month of December in years gone by.

The single ‘Ferry Cross The Mersey’ was released on 17th December 1964 with the U.K. E.P. ‘It’s Gonna Be Alright’ also being released.  It contained a further three tracks namely ‘It’s Just Because’, ‘Maybelline’, ‘You’re The Reason’.

Gerry was the subject of’This Is Your Life’ with Eamonn Andrews and this was screened on the ITV on December 8th 1985.

Gerry and The Pacemakers opened a pantomime season at the Theatre Royal Hanley with John Inman and Susan Maughan in Babes In The Wood on December 20th 1988.

On December 2nd 1990 Gerry and The Pacemakers opened at the Doncaster Dome with Gerry’s Christmas Cracker.

From the 2nd-7th December 1996 Gerry was appearing in his own  musical ‘Ferry Cross The Mersey’ in his home City of Liverpool at the Empire Theatre.

On December 1st 2001 Gerry and The Pacemakers appeared at the famous Ronnie Scotts Club.

Gerry appeared at the Waterfront Hall Belfast between December 27th-30th 2007 in a show entitled ‘Do You Come Here Often?’ The show was part of an Irish tour and Gerry was the star guest of the famous Irish Show Bands.



Andy Wild has left the Pacemakers for pastures new.  We thank him for his time with the band and wish him luck for the future.


The Gerry and The Pacemakers live CD and the CD entitled simply ‘Gerry’ containing those tracks that are not heard as much as the smash hits, then these will be available at the ‘Gerry Cross The Mersey’ shows.


Gerry’s celebrity golf day held at Frodsham on September 8th raised a considerable amount of money for the Wirral Holistic Care Services.


Finally as this year draws to a close, I would like to thank you all for your continued support and on behalf of Gerry, Tony, Steve, Garth and Mitch (The Pacemakers) Colin and Paul (The great sound lads) Ian (Gerrys P.A.) Robert (Gerry’s Manager) and myself:-

Have a great Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Best Wishes,

Walk On.

Phil. Tucker.

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