As you may have heard, yesterday brought the sad news that Gerry Marsden aka frontman of the Merseybeat band Gerry and the Pacemakers, had passed away after contracting a heart infection.
Marsden was 78 and left behind an impressive legacy including what many consider the definitive version of the iconic 'You'll Never Walk Alone', amongst many others.
The Liverpudlian band were the second to be signed by Brian Epstein after he had signed The Beatles, and as such, the two bands had a close friendship - particularly in their early days.
Amongst the many musicians and fans paying tribute to Marsden was Paul McCartney, who shared a pretty amazing photo on Instagram of Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Beatles and Roy Orbison backstage in a dressing room.
"Gerry was a mate from our early days in Liverpool," he wrote. "He and his group were our biggest rivals on the local scene. His unforgettable performances of 'You’ll Never Walk Alone' and 'Ferry Cross the Mersey' remain in many people’s hearts as reminders of a joyful time in British music. My sympathies go to his wife Pauline and family. See ya, Gerry. I’ll always remember you with a smile. - Paul"
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Other well-known names also paid tribute to the musician, including musician Elvis Costello, comedian John Bishop, E Street Band member Stevie Van Zandt and Liverpool FC.
I was saddened by Gerry Marsden’s passing. His voice will always lead the way at Anfield, in times of celebration or lament. YNWA. He (and his brother, Freddie) wrote some great tunes. Here is my favourite: https://t.co/xjZl61XOpv My condolences to his friends and family. pic.twitter.com/Q6zumRmMSG
— Elvis Costello (@ElvisCostello) January 3, 2021
I first met Gerry Marsden in 1992 when he came to show support for a charity cycle ride I did. He was always a gentleman and kind with his talent and his time. He leaves a brilliant catalogue of songs and an anthem that will out live us all . RIP Gerry YNWA ❤️ pic.twitter.com/p3q1bXnq12
— John Bishop (@JohnBishop100) January 3, 2021
Gerry Marsden was such a kind man.......always smiling and always up for new life and new music as well as celebrating the past. I feel very honoured to have known him .
— Rick Wakeman CBE (@GrumpyOldRick) January 4, 2021
RIP Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers the second most popular band in Liverpool and the band that helped manifest their magical mystical city for us teenage devotees with their classic Ferry Cross The Mersey.
— Stevie Van Zandt (@StevieVanZandt) January 4, 2021
It is with such great sadness that we hear of Gerry Marsden’s passing.
Gerry’s words will live on forever with us. You’ll Never Walk Alone ❤️ pic.twitter.com/5W4yspmLRV
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 3, 2021
Saddened to hear the news of Gerry Marsden’s passing today. You’ll Never Walk Alone is an integral part of Liverpool Football Club, and never more so than now. RIP Gerry, our thoughts are with Pauline and his family.
— Sir Kenny Dalglish (😷 & 💉) (@kennethdalglish) January 3, 2021
RIP Gerry Marsden, 78.
The man who with Gerry and The Pacemakers gave the people of Liverpool two of the city’s greatest anthems.. Ferry Cross The Mersey and You’ll Never Walk Alone.
Great singer, great character. Very sad news. pic.twitter.com/zWAd0ci1Sz
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 3, 2021
Devastated to hear of the passing of Gerry Marsden earlier today.
The word legend is often overused but Gerry was not only a legend, but also a very good friend of The Cavern. pic.twitter.com/74HQZP4gio
— The Cavern Club (@cavernliverpool) January 3, 2021
— HOLLY JOHNSON (@TheHollyJohnson) January 3, 2021