Rest in Peace, Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers: 1942-2021


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On Sunday, it was announced that  Gerry Marsden, the legendary front man of Gerry and the Pacemakers, has passed away at age 78 after a “short illness,” according to the Guardian.

A statement from Marsden’s family was furnished by the Guardian:

“Gerry died earlier today after a short illness in no way connected with Covid-19. His wife, daughters and grandchildren are devastated.”

He went into hospital on Boxing Day after tests showed he had a serious blood infection that had travelled to his heart. His daughter Yvette Marbeck told the PA news agency: “My sister Vicky and myself have always been very, very proud of Dad … He was our hero, wonderful.”

She added: “It was a very short illness and too quick to comprehend really. And his heart has taken some battering over the years. He had a triple bypass, an aortic valve replacement and ironically he also had a pacemaker.

“I am just devastated and heartbroken. Unfortunately, he died in hospital, which was devastating for us because we were not allowed in due to the current regulations.”

The history of Gerry and the Pacemakers is rich and massively influential — the group’s 1963 recording of the Rogers and Hammerstein composition “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” of course, became a massive hit and was adopted by Liverpool Football Club as its anthem, a tradition that continues to this day.

News of Marsden’s passing prompted a statement from Liverpool on social media, paying homage to the man and the legacy of the song:

In 2013, VICE put together this video about Gerry Marsden and the legacy of “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” telling the story in rich detail:

Gerry and the Pacemakers were a key component of the “Merseybeat” scene of the 1960s — such that Marsden’s death prompted a message of condolence and reverence from Sir Paul McCartney, recalling one of his “biggest rivals on the local scene”:

The Cavern Club also shared condolences:

May Gerry Marsden rest in peace.

Comments

  • Timothy Flyte says:

    I loved his music. What a great entertainer. I have hus albums, cds, dvds . Loved his guitars too. I’ve sung many of his songs in various bands I’ve been in. His hits and album cuts.
    His songs were always faves with the crowds.
    May God be with his family & friends.


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