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You’ll Never Walk Alone singer Gerry Marsden dies

Written by on 3 January 2021

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

His friend, broadcaster Pete Price announced the news, saying: “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.

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

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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 FC 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 pandemic.

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

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.

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

Tributes for the singer were led by Liverpool FC, which tweeted to say: “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”.

Peter Moore, former CEO of Liverpool FC shared a video online of Marsden on the Anfield terraces singing You’ll Never Walk Alone in 2018, calling the news of his death “tragic”.

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 led it to be a Liverpool anthem

Frankie Goes to Hollywood frontman Holly Johnson added his tributes, 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”.

The club tweeted that it was “devastated” to learn of his death.

Broadcaster Piers Morgan called Marsden a “great singer, great character”, while former Liverpool captain Phil Thompson said “he and his anthem will be forever in our hearts.”

Radio presenter Tony Blackburn tweeted to say: “So sad to hear Gerry Marsden has passed away. I did a couple of gigs with him and he was great.”

Liverpool Mayor Steve Rotherham has also paid tribute, saying: “Lost too many good friends in 2020, so was glad to see the back of it. Was notified of the death of another of my great friends this morning. Devastated.”

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

Another local politician, MP for Wallasey Angela Eagle, added her tributes, saying: “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.