From left to right: Les Chadwick, Gerry Marsden, Les Maguire, and Freddie Marsden
Back in the 1960s, things seem to be great for Gerry and the Pacemakers. After all, they came from Liverpool, were managed by Brian Epstein, and recorded by George Martin, much like another band. That other band? Well, it was The Beatles, and they did pretty well. This band was made up by Gerry Marsden, his brother Freddie, Les Chadwick and Les Maguire. In the late 1950s and the early 1960s, their popularity rivaled the Beatles. Their first three singles went to #1 in the UK, the first band to have accomplished that. In fact, it wasn't equaled for over 20 years, when Frankie Goes To Hollywood did the same. The rest of their career did not follow the same trajectory as the Fab Four, as they never had another #1 song in the UK, although they did make it to the Top 10. They went on to have seven songs make the Top 40 in the US. "Ferry Cross The Mersey" was written by Gerry Marsden, and remains one of my favorite songs by the group. It was their second most successful song on the US charts, where it went to #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. I hope you enjoy Gerry and the Pacemaker's "Ferry Cross The Mersey".
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