The first record I ever bought - a 45 rpm single - was 'How do you do it?' by Gerry and the Pacemakers. My parents tried to suggest other songs then in the charts but I was set on this one. I remember my mother remarking that it was top of the charts at the time - which dates my purchase to April 1963, when I was six.
The song wasn't Gerry Marsden's composition - and the Beatles recorded it first, though George Martin decided against releasing it.
I never became a Pacemakers' fan - never bought another record of theirs. But this number still has a place in my heart.
Gerry Marsden died at the weekend. Unlike the Beatles, his music never really advanced behind pop songs with a touch of ballad or skiffle to them. But he did those well.
And he was part of my life - and I imagine of many thousands of others. Walk on!
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