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Gerry and the Pacemakers

A brief but expanding history of Gerry and the Pacemakers, written by Amy Michaels, a Pacemaker fan. This shoud answer a few of your questions.

Gerry Marsden was born on Sept 24, 1942 in Liverpool, England. His brother, Freddie was born on October 23, 1940 in Liverpool, they formed a group called The Mars Bars (hoping to get backing from the candy company--instead, they were invited to a lawsuit and then changed their name to the Pacemakers). Les Chadwick (born John Leslie Chadwick) on May 11, 1943 in Liverpool, originally worked as a bank clerk before joining the band in 1959. He was their lead guitarist before moving to bass. Les Maguire (born Leslie Maguire on December 27, 1941 in Wallasey-Cheshire) joined the band in 1960 (?) after their original piano player, Arthur McMahon left the group.

They were the second group to be managed by Brian Epstein, who was also the Beatles' manager. Their first three singles went to number one (a feat that was unbeaten until recently). The band enjoyed great success between 1964-1966 even releasing a full length feature film, Ferry 'Cross the Mersey, in which Gerry Marsden wrote nine of the songs. In 1967 the group disbanded, Gerry found another love in acting and the band could not keep up with the musical changes of the late 1960s. To my knowledge, none of the original Pacemakers are involved in the music industry today, except Gerry himself.

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Last updated: April 15, 1997.
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