The band is known for their hit songs such as “Fairy Cross the Mercy” and the Liverpool Football Club anthem, “You Never Walk Alone”.
His family said that Marsden died on Sunday “after a short illness that was in no way related to COVID-19” and that his wife, daughters and grandchildren were “devastated.”
His friend Pete Price said on Instagram after talking to the Marsden family that the singer died after a short illness related to a heart injury.
“I send all the love in the world to (his wife) Pauline and his family,” he said. “you’ll never Walk Alone.”
Marsden was the lead vocalist for the band that made it famous on the Merseybeat scene in the 1960s. Although another Liverpool band – The Beatles – has reached stardom, Gerry and the Pacemakers will always have a place in the city conscience due to “You Never Walk Alone”.
“I thought what a nice song,” Marsden told The Associated Press in 2018 when he was remembering the first time he heard the song in the cinema. “I’m going to tell my band we’re going to play that song.” So I went back and told my buddies that we were performing a song called Never Walk Alone.
Marsden is best known for his band’s presentation of the song from “Carousel,” which was a 1945 rodgers ‘and Hammerstein musical that became a feature film in 1956. The Pacemakers’ cover version was released in October 1963 and became the band’s third No.1. Hit on the British singles chart.
It was adopted by Liverpool Football Club fans and sang passionately before every home game for the English champion 19 times – before coronavirus restrictions imposed on playing many matches in empty stadiums.
Referring to Liverpool’s stadium, singer Elvis Costello said, “I mourned the death of Jerry Marsden. His voice will always lead the way at Anfield, in times of celebration or mourning.”
The song’s lyrics, which show unity and perseverance through adversity – including “When you walk in a storm, hold your head high, don’t be afraid of the dark” – was a rallying cry for Liverpool’s followers, and the title song is on the Liverpool FC crest.
The song was also adopted by supporters of Celtic Scots and German Borussia Dortmund.
Liverpool chirp Along with a video for fans in full voice that Marsden’s voice is “Our Biggest Night” and his anthem is “Connecting players, staff and fans around the world, helping create something truly special.”
The song was hugged during the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic last spring when the cover song, in which veteran World War II warrior Tom Moore appeared, reached number one. Moore attracted the British public by walking 100 laps in his park in England in the run-up to his 100th birthday in April to raise about 33 million pounds ($ 40 million) for the National Health Service.
Cavern of Liverpool, the music venue that was the venue for many of the Beatles’ early concerts, described Marsden as a “legend” and a “very good friend”.
In 1962, Beatles director Brian Epstein signed the band, and their first three releases reached number one in 1963 – “How Do You Do It?” And “I love it” and also “You will never walk alone.” Subsequent visits included “Fairy Cross The Mercy” and “Don’t Let The Sun Catch You”. The group split in 1967 and Marsden pursued a solo career before reforming the band a few years later.
Beatle’s Paul McCartney said Marsden has been “a companion to us since our early days at Liverpool” and that his group was our “biggest competitor” on the domestic scene.
He said, “His unforgettable performances of my songs” You Will Never Walk Alone “and” Fairy Cross the Mersey “remain in the hearts of many people as a reminder of a good time in British music.
Marsden survived his wife Pauline, whom he married in 1965. The couple had two daughters.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.