GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS
What of the Beatles' British
peers, many of whom also hailed from Liverpool?
of the time shows Gerry and the boys had their share
of screaming fans but what probably limited their appeal
was the fact that it was "Gerry and some faceless
nerks in suits".
There's something about the north-west accent that lends itself to singing r&b, and Gerry Marsden had a good set of pipes on him. What he didn't have was a good haircut. And he was short. And although he wrote the haunting "Ferry Cross the Mersey" (Difford & Tilbrook eat your heart out) his songwriting talent never emerged as a threat to George Harrison, never mind Lennon and McCartney.
Nice Rickenbackers. Good choice of material. Shame about Tony Hatch as a producer. The lead ego left to become a superstar. I can't remember his name so I guess he failed. The band is still doing the scampi in a basket circuit, bashing out the Swinging Blue Jeans' hits, while the SBJs do the Searchers' songs. Well, it saves you getting tired of the material. next year they'll swap with the Hollies.
See The Monkees. Peter No-one (what a waste of a great punk
name) is as well remembered for appearing in Coronation
Street as he is for singing with this band, at least in
Britain, but in America he and the band were apparently
© John Harrington 1997
Web version Mike Woodhouse
This article originally appeared in issue 157 of Take That You Fiend