Gerry and the Pacemakers

Hit makers and record breakers

This exhibition has closed

14 July 2017 to 7 January 2018

Gerry Marsden holding a guitar, surrounded by the rest of the band

Graham Spencer

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This exhibition featured more than 30 photographs which captured the wit, warmth and energy of Merseybeat group, Gerry and the Pacemakers on their rapid rise to fame.

Following The Beatles’ incredible success in 1963, the Merseybeat explosion catapulted local groups to national fame, in particular Gerry and the Pacemakers. In just 18 months the band had six British top ten hits and were the first act ever to reach number one in the UK singles charts with their first three releases.

Taken by local photographers Graham Spencer and Peter Kaye, these images explored the excitement of the period and the group’s enduring bond to Liverpool.

The exhibition included evocative images of Gerry and the Pacemakers performing to enthusiastic crowds in the Cavern Club. The photographs captured Gerry Marsden’s charisma and connection with the crowd in the heady atmosphere of the world’s most famous cellar.

Arguably the band’s most enduring song, 'Ferry Cross the Mersey', is one of nine original tracks Gerry wrote for the film of the same name. Manager Brian Epstein had been keen to capitalise on the band’s early success and the film is a fictionalised account of their remarkable story. The exhibition featured a number of photographs taken on set during the film’s concert sequences at the Locarno Ballroom, Liverpool.

A selection of promotional images of the band larking about around St George’s Hall captured the band’s abundant confidence and sense of humour. Other images revealed the boys at their touring peak as well as relaxing with fellow Liverpool star, Cilla Black.

"To see these images takes me back to those incredible days... they give a glimpse of what an exciting time it was."
Gerry Marsden

Videos

Take a look at some of the highlight photographs from the exhibition with exhibition curator Claire Hunter, and see what Gerry Marsden himself had to say when he came to visit, in these videos.

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