Written by Gerry Marsden
Recorded May 27, 1964, Abbey Road, London
Released Dec. 1964 UK, May 1965 US
UK Singles Chart #8
US Billboard Hot 100 #6
Just one out of numerous bands from the British Invasion era of the 1960s and in fine fashion. Another Liverpool Great.
This was also the soundtrack title for the film of the same name.
“It’s Gonna Be Alright” was released in the US just one month after Mersey, June 65′ (UK Sept. 64′). It sounded like the Beatles.
But I loved “Ferry Cross the Mersey” along with another absolutely beautiful one they did “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying” that was actually released in the US one year earlier in 64′. These songs were in a category of their own.
It was a pure taste of the early English Rock/Pop sound that flooded our airwaves here in America. This was the second band signed by manager Brian Epstein in 1962 after The Beatles. And it would be Gerry and The Pacemakers that would first chart #1 in the UK. They had three consecutive No.1 hits –“How Do You Do It”, “I Like It” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone” in 1963. But sadly they wouldn’t last as long as The Beatles. They disbanded in 1966.
The Brits so enriched the Rock-n-Roll and ballad sound throughout the world. From my youth growing up in Detroit it was our sound of “Motown” and the British Invasion that filled our young minds and souls with the best of both worlds.
I got a chance to see Gerry Marsden in Taylor, Mi. in the 1990s at their annual yearly festival that featured at least 5 acts from the 60s. He sounded as good as he did when young and all the performances that night took the audience back and flooded their minds with memories to what was a better place and time. It was an awesome feeling.
As much as they ate up and loved our R&B, we also fell in love with every band and artist that came across the Atlantic during a memorable period that none of us will ever forget.
Gerry Marsden – vocals, guitar
Les Chadwick – bass
Freddie Marsden – drums
Les Maguire – piano
George Martin Orchestra
“Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying”