GERRY + THE PACEMAKERS drummer FRED MARSDEN has lost his battle with cancer in Southport, England, He was 66.
Fronted by Marsden's brother GERRY, his band was the second group signed by Beatles manager Brian Epstein.
Gerry and the Pacemakers became the first band from Liverpool, England to have a number one single with HOW DO YOU DO IT? in 1963, followed that year by another chart-topper, I LIKE IT.
Later hits included the anthem YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE, FERRY CROSS THE MERSEY and DON'T LET THE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING.
The group disbanded in 1967 and Gerry Marsden reformed the Pacemakers in 1973 without Fred, who had given up the music business to be a telephone operator. He later established the Pacemaker driving school.
Marsden is survived by his wife, MARGARET, and two children.
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