Gerry Marsden Wiki
He was a British musician and television personality known as the leader of the Merseybeat band Gerry and the Pacemakers. Marsden was born at 8 Menzies Street, Toxteth, Liverpool, the son of Frederick Marsden and Mary McAlindin. His interest in music started at an early age. She remembers singing “Ragtime Cowboy Joe” in an air raid bunker and receiving a wonderful reception from the audience.
Gerry Marsden Age
Died at age 78
Career & Biography
In 1965, Marsden married Pauline Behan, and they had two daughters, Yvette and Victoria.
Gerry and the Pacemakers were the second group signed by Brian Epstein and remained among his favorite artists. Their first single was “How Do You Do It”, originally proposed by George Martin after being given to the Beatles. This became the first number one for Pacemakers. It was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and released under EMI’s Columbia label. Marsden said the recording took four or five shots. The second number one for the group was “I like it”, followed by “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. Other singles included “It’s Gonna Be Alright”, “I’m the One”, “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying” and “Ferry Cross the Mersey”.
After leaving the Pacemakers, Marsden pursued a low-key career on television and starred in the West End musical Charlie Girl alongside Derek Nimmo and Anna Neagle.
Marsden returned to No.1 on the charts twice in the 1980s, with two of his old hits being re-recorded, and the entire profit went to charity. After the tragedy that killed 56 of the Bradford Football Club stadium tragedy in 1985, he formed a new version of “Never Walk Alone” by forming a band called Crowd, which includes other musicians, singers, and radio disc jockeys.
On 18 April 1989, three days after the Hillsborough disaster, 96 Liverpool F.C. fans died from their injuries. He joined forces with Paul McCartney, the Christians, Holly Johnson and the production trio Stock, Aitken and Waterman in a new version of “Ferry Cross the Mersey.”
In 1993, Marsden published his autobiography Never Walk Alone, written with former Melody Maker editor Ray Coleman. In September 2003, Marsden had a triple bypass heart surgery at Broad Green Hospital in Liverpool. He had a second heart surgery in 2016 and announced his retirement in November 2018.
He died on 3 January 2021 at the Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral, England, after a heart infection at the age of 78.