Thursday, May 30, 2024

Paul McCartney Remembers His Liverpool Mate Gerry Marsden of Gerry & the Pacemakers: “Our biggest rivals on the local scene”


Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers died yesterday in Liverpool. He was 78. Paul McCartney remembered him sweetly on Twitter (see below).

McCartney and Marsden were the same age, and grew up as “rivals.” But their music was in Paul’s heart. I’ll never forget a Paul, Linda, and Wings soundcheck at Madison Square Garden in 1990. I was there reporting and interviewing for a big feature on them. At the soundcheck, Paul and the band performed “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying.” It was beautiful. We didn’t have phones with recorders then. I picked up part of it on my old mini-tape recorder. I told Paul later I wished they’d played it in the show. Gerry’s passing must be another bittersweet moment for him, and for Ringo. So many great songs from the Pacemakers. PS Yes, those are the Beatles, the Pacemakers, and the late great Roy Orbison in that picture.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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