He was the author of the version of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” that ended up becoming Liverpool’s anthem.
Gerry Marsden , leader of the rock band Gerry and the Pacemakers, has died at the age of 78 due to a coronary infection, according to the journalist and friend of the musician Pete Price on his Twitter account.“after a short illness which was an infection in his heart.”
It’s with a very heavy heart after speaking to the family that I have to tell you the Legendary Gerry Marsden MBE after a short illness which was an infection in his heart has sadly passed away. Sending all the love in the world to Pauline and his family. You’ll Never Walk Alone pic.twitter.com/Ezd9WcdeQK
— Pete Price (@PeteCityPrice) January 3, 2021
Mardsen formed Gerry and the Pacemakers in 1959 with his brother Fred, Les Chadwick and Arthur McMahon, who was replaced by Les Maguire in 1961. Two years later they released “How Do You Do It?”, Which was on the British charts.
His next two singles, “I Like It” and a cover of “I’ll Never Walk Alone” Rodgers and Hammerstein were also immediate hits. This second one soon became the Liverpool anthem , which has been sung and chanted so many times at Anfield.
«Gerry’s voice accompanied us on our best nights. Their anthem brought the players, staff and fans around the world together, helping to create something truly special, ”the club lamented in a statement.
Beyond his relationship with Liverpool, Mardsen is the author of other great songs such as “I’m the One”, “It’s Gonna Be All Right”, “Ferry Cross the Mersey” and “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying ». He had been retired since 2018.