Dec 132012
 

Dear Friends,

Hope you are all well.  Here we are at the end of another year as I write this letter.  Looking back at my opening lines from the last newsletter (116), I obviously spoke too soon; I mentioned the warmest day of the year so far; since then it has hardly stopped raining.

Anyway let’s move on and catch up with what has happened and what’s in  the pipeline.

60’s GOLD TOUR

Again this last Autumn tour has been hugely successful, with most venues boasting full houses.  Due to Chip Hawkes being unwell, his place on the line-up was taken by Chris Farlowe who played two shows, the majority being filled by Steve Ellis (of Love Affair).  Thanks to these two artists who came on board at short notice.  Thanks must also be given to The Pacemakers who work incredibly hard at backing Chris Farlowe, Steve Ellis, P.J. Proby and of course our own Gerry.

Gerry was back on top form headlining the tour.  I managed to catch a couple of shows and at both he was given a standing ovation.

Gerry and The Pacemakers have also played several Gerry Cross The Mersey gigs in between the Gold Tour.  These being mainly rescheduled from the Spring and Summer.

HILLSBOROUGH SINGLE

Gerry has joined with a host of stars to record The Hollies 1969 classic ‘He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother’.  The song was first aired at Goodison Park the home of Everton Football club to show their solidarity with their Liverpool Football club neighbours.  The idea to make a charity single was initiated by amongst others former Liverpool Lord Mayor and MP Steve Rotheram and project manager Pete Byrne.  From there it snowballed.  Apart from Liverpool musicians who included Sir Paul McCartney, Holly Johnson, Mel C, Rebecca Ferguson, Peter Hooton and of course Gerry, other artists were approached by legendary record producer Guy Chambers.

These included Robbie Williams, Paloma Faith and Beverley Knight.

Gerry travelled down to London, that same night Gerry was back at The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall as part of the 60’s Gold Tour.  Everybody involved with the single has given their time free and all monies raised are to support the Hillsborough families fight for justice and to raise funds for any future legal costs.

The single was premiered at St. Georges Hall, Liverpool at the end of November where artists, including Gerry and representatives of the families attended.

A video to compliment the single was released a few days later and can be seen on www.youtube.com .  It would be great if this single, which is released on December 17th, could become the Christmas No 1 for 2012.  The Hollies reached No 3 in 1969, so let’s hope this version can climb two rungs above it and become Liverpool’s 51st No 1 and raise large funds for the families of the 96.

It is envisaged that a documentary of the making of the single will follow.

Gerry has always been involved with the Hillsborough Families with his first involvement being the charity single in 1989 of his own ‘Ferry Cross The Mersey’.  On this single, he was joined by Paul McCartney, Holly Johnson and The Christians and it was produced by Stock, Aitken and Waterman.

THE PACEMAKERS

As I am sure most of you who attended the 60’s Gold Tour will have noticed, Bass Player Garth Watt Roy has left the band.  Unfortunately Garth has suffered with his back for a while now and he was finding it very hard on stage and also driving to the gigs.  I am sure you will join with me in wishing Garth all the very best for the future and thank him for the part he played in the band.

As a replacement we welcome Joe Mitchell and as we have seen already an accomplished musician who has fitted in perfectly.

The current line up is:-

Tony Young – keyboards, Guitar, vocals.

Steve Thompson – Lead Guitar, vocals

Joe Mitchell – Bass guitar, vocals

Nick Woolgar – Drums

2013 PLANS (50th ANNIVERSARY YEAR SINCE TOPPING THE CHARTS)

Gerry will travel to Australia in late February where he will commence an 18 date tour entitled ‘50th Anniversary Farewell Tour’.  The tour starts in Queensland on the February 28th and culminates in Perth on March 23rd.

Gerry then follows onto New Zealand where he is joined by fellow Merseybeaters, The Searchers with whom he will perform 10 shows between March 27th and April 7th.

After a break Gerry and The Pacemakers will be back on the road in the U.K. during April and early May with their Gerry Cross the Mersey Shows.

Late May and June they are visiting the U.S.A. and Canada.

In the autumn they will be joining forces again with The Searchers on their 50th Anniversary Tour, along with The Fortunes, PJ Proby, Brian Poole and Chip Hawkes.

SNIPPETS

Gerry appeared on BBC Breakfast on October 25th whilst touring with the 60’s Gold Tour.

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Gerry was featured in the BBC documentary 62 Love Me Do which was based around the Beatles first release ‘Love Me Do’ in October 1962.  It showed news, world events and everyday life in 1962 as well as showbiz news.  This documentary is often repeated on BBC Four.

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Gerry and The Pacemakers single ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ entered the pop charts at No 12 on September 16th last.

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I was sent a copy of the programme relating to the BBC Last Night Of The Proms concert which was held at The Royal Albert Hall in September. On one particular page was an article on Carousel ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’  There was a picture of Gerry and his band (so the caption said), but in actual fact it was a picture of Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas. A fauxpas by the BBC.  Thanks to Garry High who sent me this.  He wrote to the BBC director of the Proms, but heard nothing!!!!!!

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GOLDEN YEAR 2013

As mentioned last time, a few more milestones in Gerry’s career.

1965.  Gerry appears in the American TV show ‘Shindig’ alongside Jack Jones and Woody Allen.  Sell out U.S. tour commences on April 29th at The Brooklyn Fox Theatre in New York.

1967.  Gerry stars in West End Musical ‘Charlie Girl’ alongside Dame Anna Neagle and Derek Nimmo.

1970.  Appears regularly on Childrens’ TV with ‘The Sooty Show’ and ‘Hold The Front Page’.

Stars in another musical ‘Pull Both Ends’ about life in a Christmas Cracker factory.

1973.  June 28th 13,000 people pack Madison Square Garden New York for a sixties nostalgia show starring Gerry and The Pacemakers, Hermans Hermits, Wayne Fontana and The Searchers.

1981.  At the memorial service for Liverpool Football club manager Bill Shankly at Liverpool Cathedral, the most moving moment as Gerry singing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ for my pal Shanks. God Bless Him.

Many more milestones next time.

Finally, Gerry has asked me to thank you for the cards and good wishes sent to him for his 70th Birthday.

On behalf of Gerry, Ian Ashton (Gerry’s P.A.) The Pacemakers, Robert (Gerry’s Manager) and myself, I would like to wish you all and your families a very Happy Christmas and Healthy New Year.

Thanks once again for your continued support and loyalty.

Until Next Time,

Walk On,

Phil. Tucker.

Dec 132012
 

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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.

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.
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.

SIXTIES GOLD TOUR AUTUMN 2011

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 CROSS THE MERSEY

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.

 

FORTHCOMING GIGS

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.

 

ALLTHOSE YEARS AGO

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.

 

SNIPPETS

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.

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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.

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

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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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