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How Do You Do It?
by Gerry and the Pacemakers
Here's one of the biggest UK hits to come from the short-lived 'Pacemakers' group. I say it that way because, before very long, songs such as "Ferry Cross the Mersey" and "You'll Never Walk Alone" would virtually be by 'Gerry Marsden & an orchestra', rather than by the 'Pacemakers' as a backing group.

When comparing 'Gerry & the Pacemakers' to the rest of the Liverpool/Manchester/London Sixties sound, a couple of things stood out. Rather than being an out-and-out hearthrob singer, Gerry was more of a cheeky chappie with a slightly naughty 'bad boy' aura. Also, when playing his rhythm guitar, you noticed how he tucked the body right up into his armpit and played across it with a straight arm and plectrum.

(In later life an older girlfriend of mine, who actually went to one of his concerts in the Sixties, told me: "It was awful. We were stuck behind a pillar, couldn't see a thing and, anyway, he couldn't sing properly. He was off-tune all the time while singing 'live' that night." I can't vouch for the accuracy of that, but she certainly was not a fan!)

'Gerry and the Pacemakers':
:: They first called their music group 'The Mars Bars' - Gerry played guitar while his brother Freddie was on drums. However, they were forced to change their name to 'The Pacemakers' because the Mars chocolate company threatened to sue them. ...
:: Following 'The Beatles', they were the second Merseyside beat group to be signed to Brian Epstein's NEMS organisation. ...
:: They were lifelong supporters of the Liverpool Football Club in England, and even made a very successful full-length movie in 1965 called "Ferry Cross The Mersey", using the single of the same name. (Gerry's own ties with the football club became even closer when he recorded a version of their terraces communal song "You'll Never Walk Alone".)

In #1963 :
:: With its negative message to the female of the species, Steve Lawrence's classic piece of "anti-crooning", "Go Away Little Girl", peaked at No. 1 in the US on January 12th this year. ...
:: Decca signed 'The Rolling Stones' to a recording contract on May 10th 1963. (This was said to have been on the advice of 'Beatle' George Harrison.) ...
:: On September 24th, the US Senate ratified the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty by an overwhelming majority (80-19, fourteen more than the two-thirds majority required by the US Constitution). The then President John F Kennedy considered this ratification, which came into effect on October 11th the same year, to be the greatest achievement of his presidency (according to his aide Theodore Sorensen).

US: No. 9 - UK: No. 1
1963 - Columbia - United Kingdom - [Not blocked anywhere]
Posted: 18th November 2019
For a few years in the 1960s, London was the world capital of cool, reflecting all things hip and fashionable which had been growing in the popular British imagination throughout the decade. Music was also a huge part of London's swing - Liverpool had 'The Beatles' and the London sound was a mix of bands like 'The Who', 'The Kinks', the 'Small Faces' and 'The Rolling Stones'. Hopefully, you'll catch a flavour of all this from my posts here.
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