Gerry and the Pacemakers frontman Gerry Marsden dies

Gerry and the Pacemakers frontman Gerry Marsden dies

Gerry and the Pacemakers' lead singer and founding member Gerry Marsden recently passed away according to BBC at the age of 78.

The musician, who was best known as the leader of the Liverpool beat band, passed away after battling an infection in his heart, his friend and radio presenter Pete Price confirmed on Sunday.

Gerry and the Pacemakers earned numerous top 10 singles in the US including the ballads "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying" and "Ferry 'Cross the Mersey" and the rocker "How Do You Do It?", the latter also recorded (but not released) by the Beatles.

When the paper asked him if it's "funny" to have a band called the Pacemakers, Marsden replied: "No".

Marsden went into hospital on Boxing Day after tests showed he had a serious blood infection that had travelled to his heart.

I Like It and You'll Never Walk Alone also hit No 1 that same year, securing them a place in pop history as the first band to top the charts with each of their first three singles.

Gerry formed his troupe If you weren't aware, back in 1959, Gerry and the Pacemakers was one of the leading band's in the United Kingdom and worldwide, ranking just behind The Beatles.

He was one of the pioneers of the Merseybeat sound, friends with The Beatles and turned You'll Never Walk Alone into both a singalong for football fans and an anthem of hope.

"Gerry's voice accompanied our biggest nights".

The news Twitter account for the football club said: "Thank you for everything Gerry Marsden".

Their other tracks included It's Gonna Be Alright, Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying, Ferry 'Cross the Mersey and I'm the One.

Paul McCartney from The Beatles said Marsden was "a mate from our early days in Liverpool" and that his group were "our biggest rivals" on the local scene.

Gerry had heart issues for years, undergoing a triple bypass in 2003.

Gerry formed his troupe back in 1959, and the group was the second act to sign with Beatles manager Brian Epstein, later signing to Columbia Records.

Gerry is survived by his wife, Pauline Marsden, whom he was married to for 55 years, and two daughters, Yvette and Victoria. In 2017, Gerry Marsden collapsed onstage during a concert in the United Kingdom, telling the audience he was scheduled to undergo knee surgery.

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