Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers dies aged 78

Gerry Marsden
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The frontman passed away today (3 January).

Gerry Marsden has died at age 78 from a short illness. The news was confirmed by broadcaster Pete Price, who wrote, “It’s with a very heavy heart after speaking to the family that I have to tell you the legendary Gerry Marsden MBE after a short illness which was an infection in his heart has sadly passed away.” [sic]

“Sending all the love in the world to Pauline and his family. You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

The musician was best known for being the frontman of the Liverpool band Gerry and the Pacemakers, who experienced chart success with their 1963 version of the show tune You’ll Never Walk Alone. The original was written for the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel in 1945, and was turned into a football anthem by Liverpool F.C. following the Pacemakers’ success. It became an anthem again for medical staff and key workers last year during the Covid-19 pandemic. Gerry and the Pacemakers are also known for the songs Ferry Across the Mersey and I Like It.