Gerry and the Pacemakers

Books on Gerry et. al. are unfortunately difficult to locate a) because few were made in the first place and b) because those few that were printed were either lost at some stage along the way, or are enshrined in a collection somewhere. Here's a rough guide of the books, songbooks and magazines that I have encountered. I have listed only those dedicated exclusively (or nearly so) to Gerry and the Pacemakers.

Please let me know of anything I'm missing. (I would have particular interest in original fan club publications. I hope to add some concert/tour programmes at some point.)

Gerry Marsden, I'll Never Walk Alone

Gerry and the Pacemakers Souvenir Song Book

How Do You Like Them?

Gerry and the Pacemakers Monthly

Issue 1 - March 1964
Issue 2 - April 1964
Issue 3 - May 1964
Issue 4 - June 1964

1960s Pop Magazine Specials

Meet Gerry and the Pacemakers - Star Special, Number 19 (1964)
Gerry and the Pacemakers - Pop Pics Super Special (1964)

Fan Clubs

I'll Never Walk Alone

Marsden, Gerry with Ray Coleman. I'll Never Walk Alone. London: Bloomsbury, 1993

ISBN: 0-7475-1473-9 (16.99 pounds sterling)
178 pages + 16 pages of plates

Gerry's autobiography is a joy to read, and never boring. It reflects upon his early life, his rise with the Pacemakers, his period in theatre and television, his return to touring in the 1970s and beyond, and his two charity singles in the 1980s. Gerry provides accounts of many of the famous people he grew up and worked with, naturally with a heavy focus on The Beatles and their entourage. The book includes UK and USA discographies in appendices, and prints a number of rare photographs of Gerry from all phases of his life and career.

The first two-thirds of the text recount Gerry's life up to 1967 and the breakup of the Pacemakers, with only the final third devoted to 1968 to 1993. Nevertheless, this autobiography is by no means a definitive history of the Pacemakers, and there is still a need for an authoritative narrative of those years. For example, precious little in this book deals with anything the band did after the Ferry Cross The Mersey album and film, leaving almost all of 1965 and 1966 a blank. But this book did not set out to be a blow-by-blow history of the band, and it should not be evaluated as such. It's a lively read, and it is indeed interesting to compare some of the differences in narrative between this book and the "Gerry and the Pacemakers Story" series from the 1964 Monthly magazines!


Preface (p. 1)
Chapter One -- On The Streets Of Liverpool: Fighting Fit (p. 5)
Chapter Two -- The Hits Begin: Liverpool Explodes (p. 29)
Chapter Three -- Love and Marriage: Ferry Cross the Atlantic (p. 59)
Chapter Four -- Farewell to a Friend: A New Stage (p. 91)
Chapter Five -- The Pendulum Swings :Walking Alone (p. 109)
Chapter Six -- Tragedies and Triumphs: Magic Moments (p. 135)
UK Discography (p. 156)
US Discography (p. 167)
CD Discography (p. 172)

Gerry and the Pacemakers
Souvenir Song Book

Hansen Publications, 1965.
This songbook originally retailed for $1.25 in the United States. Its has numerous pictures (b&w), a plug for the official American Fan Club, and arrangements for guitar and piano of eight songs, which are:

  • Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying
  • How do you do it
  • I Like It
  • I'll Be There
  • I'm The One
  • It's Gonna Be Alright
  • Pretend
  • Slow Down
  • Songbooks from the 1960s are notorious for poor arrangements, and this one proves little exception. The arrangements have a passing similarity to the original songs when actually played on guitar. The British market seems to have had no compilation songbook like this one (at least, not that I've seen), and instead single-song sheet music proved the music publisher's preferred method of distribution.

    How Do You Like Them?

    This is a discography privately printed by Koji Mikuma of Japan. It's entirely in Japanese, but appears to be a quite detailed and thorough study of the discs available of the band. You can purchase these books from Koji at .

    Gerry and the Pacemakers Monthly

    Published by the same people as the better-known "Beatles Monthly" Books, the Gerry and the Pacemakers were not nearly as successful, and are indeed hard to find today. Pete Goodman was the editor, with Bob Gibson as the Art Editor. Each issue retailed for one shilling and sixpence at magazine stands, with subscriptions being sold for one guinea per year.

    The magazine lasted a mere four issues, running from March to June of 1964. Issue #1 was 28 pages, while the remaining three issues had 32 pages. Approximately half of the magazine was taken up with full-page photographs. The last three issues followed a general matrix format:

    Editorial (p. 2)
    Gerry News (p. 4) - general short notices of recent happenings and upcoming events
    Mitch Hastings column (pp. 7, 9) - Short, highly polished articles following the Pacemakers on a typical day, recent tour, etc.
    Pacemail (pp. 14-15) - Letters and responses: one wonders what happened to some of the teeneyboppers who wrote about their unstoppable love of the band???
    Gerry and the Pacemakers Story, by Ray Jones (pp. 21, 23, 25, 27) - An ongoing series describing the band's rise to fame.
    Fan Club Newsletter (pp. 29, 31)

    Issue 1 - March 1964

    Contains one-page bios of each of the band members, with a facing portrait (pp. 7-13) as well as half-page bios (with smaller photos) of Brian Epstein and George Martin (pp. 16-17)

    Lyrics to "How Do You Do It" (p. 20)

    Pacemail (pp. 22-23) and Fan Club newsletter (pp. 25, 27).

    Issue 2 - April 1964

    Mitch Hastings: "Keeping Pace With Gerry"

    A typical "day in the life" of the Pacemakers on tour

    Gerry and the Pacemakers Story

    Chapter One: Freddy Gets A Younger Brother
    Chapter Two: How the Boy Scouts Helped The Marsdens Improve Their Musical Education

    Lyrics to "Away From You" on page 11

    Issue 3 - May 1964

    Mitch Hastings: "Gerry Down Under: Australian Tour Report"

    Gerry and the Pacemakers Story

    Chapter Three: Early Days for Les and Chad
    Gerry Gets His Forst Guitar And Puts His Foot On The Bottom Rung Of The Ladder Of Fame

    Lyrics to "I Like It" on page 11

    This issue contains a number of photographs from the 20 March 1964 session at Abbey Road Studios, at which "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying" was recorded.

    Issue 4 - June 1964

    Mitch Hastings: "Gerry and the Pacemakers Go Stateside

    Day-by-day accounts of 1 May to 11 May (N.B. This article also includes p. 11)

    Gerry and the Pacemakers Story

    Chapter Five: The Red Mountain Boys
    Chapter Six: The Pacemakers It Is

    Lyrics to "It's All Right" on page. 18.

    1960s Pop Magazine Specials

    Meet Gerry and the Pacemakers

    Star Special, Number 19 (1964)
    Published by World Distributors (Manchester) Ltd.
    Compiled and Written by Tony Barrow
    40 pages (unpaginated, excluding covers)
    Colour cover, B&W contents
    9.7" x 7.25"


    The History of Gerry and the Pacemakers: Pacesetters of the modern pop scene

    (ten-page history of the band)
    Les Maguire: Piano Playing Pacemaker
    Les Chadwick: Bass Playing Pacemaker
    Fred Marsden: Drum Playing Pacemaker
    (two-page bios of the band members)
    A One-Nighter Day!: A pace-by-pace pictoral souvenir of a typical day on tour
    (14-page photo essay)
    Statistically Speaking
    (one page of fast facts)

    Gerry and the Pacemakers

    Pop Pics Super Special (1964)
    Published by Georg Newness, Ltd.
    16 pages (including covers)
    8.4" x 5.4"

    Mix of colour and monochrome images, with a brief account of the band spread across a few pages.

    1960s Fan Clubs

    The American Fan Club seems to have been in full force by 5 May 1964, as the final issue of Gerry and the Pacemakers Monthly records a meeting between Gerry and Julie Cant, the national secretary, on that date. Evidently the club was a success as Julie "proudly informed the boys that she'd received an initial delivery of ten sacks of mail since the boys arrived in New York [on 1 May]." The original American Fan Club issued its own newsletter - I know nothing of the format. The Club was run by two people named Julie Cant and Helen Paul. The mailing address was Box 302, Radio City Station, New York, 10019. For a membership fee of $1.00 per year, fans received an 8 1/2 x 11 picture of the band, a membership card, and "fact sheets & newsletters" at irregular intervals. Fans in regions could get together groups of 15 members to set up individual chapters, which I assume received some form of kit for the purpose. It seems most likely that the Fan Club folded some time in 1966 or early-1967.

    The British official fan club began in 1963, about the time "How Do You Do It?" was first released. Gerry's then-girlfriend (and current wife) Pauline Behan was the club Secretary, with her primary job being to respond to the mountains of letters directed to the band as their popularity rose. Pauline's reading of these letters apparently resulted in some awkward moments between her and Gerry, as more than a few seemed to comminicate a desire to get more than just an autography from Gerry, and some writers conflated fantasy and reality to recount, for example, a rendesvous that never happened. (See I'll Never Walk Alone pp. 54-55.) The club address in 1964 was 56 Barford Rd., Hunts Cross, Liverpool, 25. Monthly newsletters were produced (probably little more than a single printed sheet) and at least two different types of membership cards were issued. The introduction of the Monthly magazine seems to have been an attempt to make the club more easily managed by including the newsletter at the back of the magazine. Pauline seems to have stopped being responsible for the club soon after the Monthly collapsed: by 1965 it was operated by Rosanna Scott, operating out of Service House, 13 Monmouth St., London W.C.2. I presume the British club started to dry up around the end of 1965 when the band had its last hits.

    Originals or photocopies of any fan club newsletters from the 1960s would be of great interest to me.

    Present Fan Club

    The current fan club issues a quarterly newsletter. They're up to issue 99 as of summer 2007, so they've been at it quite a while. The copies I've seen are typically about eight or twelve photocopied pages, filled with a wealth of interesting bits! The club is run by Phil Tucker, and annual membership fees are 10 pounds sterling (current as of July 2007). Enquiries should be directed to:

    Phil Tucker
    Kirby Hill
    YO51 9DE

    Finding such material...

    I've had a great deal of luck with
    eBay for finding programmes and magazines. Try keyword searches once or twice a week and, after a while, something of interest will come up. Also useful is the online antiquarian bookseller datase ABE Books, which occasionally has material of interest. It's probably the easiest (though not always cheapest) way to get ahold of Gerry's autobiography.

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    Last updated: 2 June 2007.
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