Gerry And The Pacemakers
|The Marsdens and Les Chadwick first played skiffle together during the late 1950s. Like many of the Liverpool groups of their time they travelled to Hamburg and soon acquired the second 'Les', Maguire, on keyboards to complete the Pacemaker's classic line-up.They soon caught the attention of Brian Epstein and became the next group after the Beatles to join his 'stable'.|
The 1963 EP shown on the right (SEG8257) was Gerry & The Pacemaker's first on that format and was simply a coupling of their first two #1 hits. Despite this it sold relatively well and is among the easier EP releases by the group to find.
Gerry & co. had the best start of all the contemporary groups, reaching the #1 spot with all three of their first releases- an achievement that stood unequalled for over two decades until fellow-Scousers Frankie Goes To Hollywood managed the same feat (on significantly smaller sales) in 1984.. The group gradually moved its style from the upbeat and cheeky to slow and sentimental- and were loved for all of it. Their rendition of 'You'll Never Walk Alone' became a football anthem, firstly by supporters of their own native Liverpool and then by those of England.
The group lasted until 1967 after which Gerry started out as a solo performer. Although his presence disappeared from the chart he had by then become a loved performer and found work on the stage and TV. He returned to the public eye during 1987 when he was to lead a host of fellow musicians as the 'Crowd' in a re-make of 'You'll Never Walk Alone' in aid of those suffering after the fire at Bradford Football Club in 1985. Then, following the tragedy at the Hillsborough football ground in 1989 he remade 'Ferry Across the Mersey' with the same ideals in mind.
Gerry and the Pacemakers reformed with increasing frequency over the years and can be found as regular performers on 1960s nostalgia concerts.
|Columbia DB4987||1963||How Do You Do It/ Away From You||#1|
|Columbia DB7041||1963||I Like It/ It's happened To Me||#1|
|Columbia DB7126||1963||You'll Never Walk Alone/ It's All Right||#1|
|Columbia DB7189||1964||I'm The One/ You've Got What I Like||#2|
|Columbia DB7268||1964||Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying/ Show Me That You Care||#6|
|Columbia DB7353||1964||It's Gonna Be All Right/ It's Just Because||#24|
|Columbia DB7437||1964||Ferry Cross The Mersey/ You You You||#8|
|Columbia DB7504||1965||I'll Be There/ Baby, You're So good To Me||#15|
|Columbia DB7738||1965||Walk Hand In Hand/ Dreams||#29|
|Columbia DB7835||1966||La La La/ Without You|
|Columbia DB8044||1966||Girl On A Swing/ A Fool To Myself|
|Columbia SEG8257||1963||"How Do You Do It"||#2|
|How Do You Do It/ I Like It/ It's Happened To Me/Away From You|
|Columbia SEG8295||1964||"You'll Never Walk Alone"||#8|
|You'll Never Walk Alone/Jambalaya/Chills/A Shot Of Rhythm & Blues|
|Columbia SEG8311||1964||"I'm The One"||#11|
|I'm The One/You've Got What I Like/You Can't Foo Me/Don't You Ever|
|Columbia SEG8346||1964||"Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying"||#15|
|Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying/Show Me That You Care/Summertime/Where Have You Been|
|Columbia SEG8367||1964||"It's Gonna Be Alright"|
|It's Gonna Be Alright/It's Just Because/Maybelline/You're The Reason|
|Columbia SEG8388||1965||"Gerry In California"|
|Skinny Lizzie/My Babe/Away From You/What'd I Say|
|Columbia SEG8397||1965||"Ferry Cross The Mersey"|
|It's Gonns Be All Right/I'll Wait For You/Why Oh Why/Ferry Cross The Mersey|
|Columbia SEG8426||1965||"Rip It Up"|
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