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gerry and the pacemakers
« on: January 27, 2008, 12:10:46 AM »

notice how they sounded more professional just one year later.....first

at the top of pops
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Re: gerry and the pacemakers
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2008, 03:25:59 AM »

Thank you for the links. I am a big fan of the original line up.

They were the first band that I ever saw live.

I also got a chance to meet them
and spend some quality time with them at their hotel during their first US visit.

The drummer, Fred Marsden jr, was very kind and friendly to this eleven year old kid. He even invited me to see them again the following week as their guest. It was so sad to hear about his recent passing.
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Re: gerry and the pacemakers
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2008, 10:35:21 AM »

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notice how they sounded more professional just one year later.....first
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbSy_Y4Hbow
at the top of pops http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-j__mq4g608&feature=related


The top Of The Pops clip is pre-recorded, that's what they had to do by musicians union rules. The first clip sounds like it's being played live. So that could be why they sound better in the second clip.

Here's a couple of pics from The Wyvern Social Club, 10 May 1960, at ahe audition for Larry Parnes, and Billy Fury.


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Re: gerry and the pacemakers
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2008, 11:05:03 AM »

^Obviously no piano yet.
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Re: gerry and the pacemakers
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2008, 11:33:57 AM »

Excellent May 10, 1960 photos, Blue.

Are they using the Beatles' amps?
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Re: gerry and the pacemakers
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2008, 11:51:07 AM »

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Excellent May 10, 1960 photos, Blue.

Are they using the Beatles' amps?


Don't think so. The name on the amp says 'The Pressmen'.

Here's some more photos from the audition, and the story:
http://www.dmbeatles.com/forums/b-cc/m-1202557764/
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Re: gerry and the pacemakers
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2009, 12:35:30 PM »

Don't think so. The name on the amp says 'The Pressmen'...

What do we know about The Pressmen?? I can't find anything at Bill Harry's books...

Were they the resident band at Wyvern Club in 1960?? :shock:

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Re: gerry and the pacemakers
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2009, 12:40:38 PM »

What do we know about The Pressmen?? I can't find anything at Bill Harry's books...

Were they the resident band at Wyvern Club in 1960?? :shock:

Best regards, ;)

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« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2009, 12:46:40 PM »

One of the early bands of Derrie Wilkie. Later to become Derrie and the Seniors.

Aha... Thank you!! ;)

But the fact is in that historical day (=1960, May the 10th.: Larry Parness audition at Wyvern Club) some of the amps bear the inscription 'The Pressmen'. Does this mean, then, that Derry & The Seniors had already changed their name from The Pressmen, but not still on the amps?? :shock:

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Re: gerry and the pacemakers
« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2009, 01:42:19 PM »

Seems I'm wrong: http://mersey-beat.com/archives/derrywilkie.shtml

But then again: can't it be just the name of the amplifier brand that's on there?
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Re: gerry and the pacemakers
« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2009, 07:00:27 AM »

Seems I'm wrong: http://mersey-beat.com/archives/derrywilkie.shtml

But then again: can't it be just the name of the amplifier brand that's on there?


No it can't, as the brand name is Selmer: several of them Truvoice models...

The question remains: were The Pressmen the resident band at Wyvern Club at those days??  ???

Best!! ;)

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« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2009, 08:08:02 AM »

Some more info in here. It seems as if The Pressmen was already an existing band when Derry joined them. http://forgottenbands.blogspot.com/2009/12/derry-wilkie-many-others.html

The Pressmen came from Wallasey. If you google with 'Pressmen' and 'Wallasey' you will get some nice things. Bill Harry might offer some more information.
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Re: gerry and the pacemakers
« Reply #12 on: December 15, 2009, 03:13:27 PM »

Some more info in here. It seems as if The Pressmen was already an existing band when Derry joined them. http://forgottenbands.blogspot.com/2009/12/derry-wilkie-many-others.html

The Pressmen came from Wallasey. If you google with 'Pressmen' and 'Wallasey' you will get some nice things. Bill Harry might offer some more information.


Aha... Let's wait for Bill Harry's info...

Anyway, I have found this info...

Best!! ;)

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Re: gerry and the pacemakers
« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2010, 07:57:01 PM »

I saw Gerry & The Pacemakers last year of all times, when they played in my home town in a tiny venue.  Obviously it was no showbusiness affair, considering how long it's been since their heyday and all that, but I really enjoyed it.  I'm still wearing the entry wristband!   :D
Not only that, but they opened with The Beatles "Got To Get You Into My Life", bizarrely, and also covered "Slow Down".  The show was a one night thing called "Back To The Cavern", and it also featured Len "Chip" Hawkes from The Tremeloes, and a Beatles tribute band called The Complete Beatles.  I especially liked the George.   :P

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Re: gerry and the pacemakers
« Reply #14 on: May 29, 2012, 02:30:46 PM »

I watched Gerry's film Ferry Cross The Mersey the other day. It's nice, but it can't compete with A Hard Days Night.
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Re: gerry and the pacemakers
« Reply #15 on: May 29, 2012, 03:30:51 PM »

Yes, the Pressmen were a Wallasey band, as was our band, The Undertakers.  The leader of the Pressmen was Richie Prescott.  He played a homemade solid-body guitar, featuring a classical guitar neck, which he got a hell of a sound of through his Selmer 'Truvoice' amplifier.  Their home base was the Kraal Club, in New Brighton, where they played regularly in the basement club. Richie still plays around Liverpool.

Regarding Gerry & the Pacemakers:  Our original sax player was Les Mcguire, who left to join Gerry's band, in 1961.  Les was another Wallasey lad.
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Re: gerry and the pacemakers
« Reply #16 on: September 07, 2012, 03:51:14 PM »

Love those early Pacemakers photos. Had never seen them before.  :)
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