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You’ll Never Walk Alone singer Gerry Marsden dies

Written by on 3 January 2021

Gerry And The Pacemakers star Gerry Marsden – whose hits included You’ll Never Walk Alone – has died aged 78.

The singer died at Arrow Park Hospital on the Wirral on Sunday morning, his agent Robert Pratt said.

Mr Pratt added: “Myself and The Pacemakers are devastated at the sad news of the passing of Gerry Marsden MBE.

“Losing such a legend is never easy. We were all blessed to work with Gerry for many years. We send our condolences and deepest sympathies to his wife… and the family at this sad time.”

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Gerry Marsden with Gerry and the Pacemakers in the 1960s. Pic: Denis Cameron/Shutterstock

Marsden, who was born in the Toxteth area of Liverpool in 1942, is perhaps best known for covering the Rogers and Hammerstein song You’ll Never Walk Alone with his band – leading Liverpool football club to adopt it as its official motto and anthem.

He re-recorded the track in April last year in tribute to the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic.

Marsden also penned 60s hits such as Ferry Cross the Mersey and Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying.

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Gerry And The Pacemakers followed The Beatles into chart success, starting a local Merseybeat music scene in Liverpool – but the original group later split up in 1967, after seeing a decline in popularity.

Marsden reformed the group with a new line-up a few years later and, up until 2018, continued to tour venues.

Liverpool supporter and singer Gerry Marsden sings You'll Never Walk Alone before their English Premier League soccer match against Blackburn Rovers at Anfield in Liverpool, northern England, October 24, 2010. REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
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Gerry Marsden’s version of You’ll Never Walk Alone was adopted as Liverpool’s anthem

Tributes poured in for the musician, with Liverpool mayor Steve Rotherham telling Sky News: “Gerry Marsden will go down as being one of those icons of the 60s, but transcended decades and generations.

“Gerry was a tough lad in his youth and a tough man – but he was also a very caring and loving man and he will be missed”.

Liverpool FC tweeted: “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.”

File photo dated 25/04/64 of Gerry Marsden leaping over his supporting Pacemakers. The Gerry and the Pacemakers star has died at the age of 78.
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Marsden toured with Gerry and the Pacemakers until 2018

Liverpool’s former chief executive Peter Moore shared a video online of Marsden on the Anfield terraces singing You’ll Never Walk Alone in 2018 and called news of his death “tragic”.

Frankie Goes to Hollywood frontman Holly Johnson also paid tribute, saying: “So sorry to hear about the passing of Gerry Marsden what a Liverpool Legend. So glad I met him.”

Legendary Liverpool venue The Cavern Club, which Marsden performed at more than 200 times, called the Liverpudlian a “legend” and a “very good friend”.

Former Liverpool captain Phil Thompson said Marsden and “his anthem will be forever in our hearts.”

Angela Eagle, MP for Wallasey, said: “I worked with him to save the Seacombe ferry – can’t ‘ferry across the Mersey’ without somewhere to land – He was a fun generous & lovely man”.

Marsden is survived by his wife, Pauline, who he was married to for 55 years, and his two daughters Yvette and Victoria.