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Gerry and the Pacemakers frontman Gerry Marsden has died, aged 78

Tributes are pouring in from fans and friends for the late Gerry Marsden: frontman of Gerry and the Pacemakers and singer of the Liverpool FC anthem You’ll Never Walk Alone.

On Sunday, radio host Pete Price announced that the legendary Gerry Marsden passed away at age 78.

The Order of the British Empire recipient had suffered from heart complications which ultimately led to his passing.

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“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,” Price wrote on Twitter. “Sending all the love in the world to Pauline and his family. You’ll Never Walk Alone.” 

Both forming in Liverpool, Gerry and the Pacemakers were considered the earliest contemporary of The Beatles, remembered for singles such as How Do You Do It? and I Like It. Although never reaching the stardom of their rivals, they shared manager Brian Epstein and both heavily influenced the Merseybeat scene of the ’60s.

Marsden’s legacy, however, was cemented by his 1963 rendition of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s You’ll Never Walk Alone. The song debuted at No.1 on the UK singles chart and was adopted as the club anthem for Liverpool FC.