26/12/2008

Gerry and The Pacemakers play Bill Haley (30-31/12/2008)

FIRST OF ALL, HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL ET MEILLEURS VOEUX POUR 2009 !1959: originally called The Mars Bars [with pianist Arthur Mack, initially as a part-time skiffle and rock outfit](a naive ploy to seek sponsorship from the confectionary maker - instead, the company insists it is changed).***The Pacemakers is agreed as an alternative.***Group is formed by Gerry Marsden (vocals, lead guitar); Les Chadwick (bass); Les(lie) Maguire (piano, sax) and Gerry's brother Freddie (drums).***June 1962: Brian Epstein, already managing The Beatles, signs the group to a management contract.***22/01/1963: the first recording session in London produces Gerry's own Away From You, the standard Pretend (saved for an album) [by Ralph Marterie & His Orchestra, Mercury 70045, US #3 in 1952 afterwards is US #2 Nat King Cole, Capitol F2346, 1953] and Mitch Murray's How Do You Do It (a song George Martin had wanted The Beatles to cut, but which they rejected and wrote Please Please Me (NOT Love Me Do !) to replace).***UK, 3/09/1964: It's Gonna Be Alright (an uptempo taster of music from their movie, makes only UK #24 - a chart disaster for the group's previous standards, but also a sign that popular music in UK is rapidly developing away from the Pacemakers' pure Merseybeat style.) b/w It's just Because is released and issued on EMI/Columbia DB 7353.***UK, 6/12/1964: "Ferry Cross The Mersey", written by Tony Warren, creator of UK TV's "Corronation Street", premieres at the New Victoria cinema, London.***The movie stars Gerry and The Pacemakers as a facsimile of themselves, rising to success in a beat contest.***UK, 24/01/1965: the movie is shown at the Liverpool Odeon in aid of the Variety Club Of Great Britain.***USA, March 1965: It's Gonna Be Alright b/w a Bill Haley and His Comets' song Skinny Minnie (still unreleased in UK) is released and issued on LAURIE Records LR 3293.***USA, still March 1965: as the movie is released, Ferry Cross The Mersey (from the Motion Picture) gives the band its last Top 10 success (as it already has in UK), hitting #6.***USA, May 1965: It's Gonna Be Alright reaches #23.***Beatles-Gerry and The Pacemakers-USA-03-1965It's gonna be alright-USA-March 1963

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