Gerry and the Pacemakers
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McPhillips Station Casino | Mainstage
8:00 pm | $35 & $40 (Reserved) & $70 VIP Dinner & Show * Buy Tickets
Gerry & the Pacemakers defined Merseybeat at its most entertaining, performing bouncy, catchy, and utterly memorable tunes driven by rhythm guitar and Marsden’s chipper vocals. Their hits were certainly likable and energetic, and are fondly remembered today.
Marsden formed the group in the late ’50s, calling themselves, The Mars-Bars, featuring himself on guitar and lead vocals, his brother Fred on drums, Les Chadwick on bass, and Arthur Mack on piano (to be replaced in 1961 by Les McGuire). They worked the same Liverpool/Hamburg circuit as the Beatles, and ran neck and neck with their rivals in local popularity. They were signed by Epstein in mid-1962 (the first band to do so besides the Beatles), and began recording for the EMI/Columbia label in early 1963, under the direction of producer George Martin. Their first single was a Mitch Murray tune that Martin had wanted the Beatles to record for their debut, “How Do You Do It?” The Beatles did record a version (found on the Anthology 1 release), but objected to its release, being more interested in recording their own original compositions. It suited Gerry’s grinning, poppy style well, and went to Number One as soon as it was released.
The Pacemakers would never vary much from the clattering guitar-dominated pop of their first singles, turning again to Mitch Murray for the follow-up, “I Like It,” and remaking an old pop standard for their next single, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” It’s not universally known that Gerry Marsden actually wrote much of the band’s material, and he penned most of their subsequent hits, including “It’s All Right” (their gutsiest and best performance) and “I’m the One”. He also wrote “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Cryin’” (sharing credits with the rest of the group) and “Ferry Cross the Mersey”, ballads that Martin embellished with light string arrangements.
Like the Beatles, Gerry & the Pacemakers got to star in their own film, Ferry Cross the Mersey. In 1966 the group had their last American Top 40 hit, “Girl On A Swing”. The Pacemakers disbanded that October.
Gerry Marsden became a popular cabaret and children’s TV entertainer, occasionally performing with his former band mates on the 60s circuit.
Dinner and Show Option Available - $70*
Join us for a special catered dinner at 6:00 pm and stay in your seat for the big show! Doors open at 5:30 pm.
Salad – Mixed Green Salad with Shredded Vegetables and Toasted Sunflower Seeds with a Dijon Vinaigrette
Entrée – Grilled Chicken Breast and Roast Beef Tenderloin topped with a duo of Peppercorn and Roasted Red Pepper Sauce.
Dessert – Lemon Meringue Pie
Includes fresh baked bread basket with butter, coffee & tea.
Wine selection to complement meal available for purchase.
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