SIR Paul McCartney led tributes after fellow Merseyside pop icon Gerry Marsden died aged 78.

The 60's pop icon and his band, Gerry and the Pacemakers, were behind hits like You'll Never Walk Alone and Ferry Cross The Mersey.

Who was Gerry Marsden and what was his net worth?

Gerard Marsden MBE was born on September 24, 1942 and was an English singer-songwriter and TV star.

He shot to fame fronting the 1960s Merseybeat band Gerry and the Pacemakers as they toured the Liverpool music scene at the same time as The Beatles.

Gerry had a net worth of around £3million thanks to his long career in entertainment.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Pauline, and their two daughters Yvette and Victoria.

How did Gerry Marsden die?

Gerry passed away on January 3, 2021 at Arrowe Park Hospital in Merseyside.

He went into hospital on Boxing Day after tests showed he had a serious blood infection that had travelled to his heart.

Leading the tributes, Sir Paul McCartney said: "My sympathies go to his wife Pauline and family. See ya, Gerry. I'll always remember you with a smile. – Paul."

When was he in Gerry and the Pacemakers?

In 1962, Beatles manager Brian Epstein signed up the band and their first three releases reached number one in 1963 – How Do You Do It, I Like It and You'll Never Walk Alone.

Gerry and the Pacemakers were the first ever act to reach number one in the UK charts with their first three single releases, and became icons of sixties pop.

They enjoyed sell-out tours around the world.

The group split in 1967 and Marsden pursued a solo career before the band reformed in 1974 to tour the world – a tour they later repeated.

You'll Never Walk Alone enjoyed a resurgence during the pandemic after a cover of the song, featuring Captain Sir Tom Moore, reached number one in the UK singles chart.

In April 2020 Gerry recorded a new version of the band's hit alongside a music video, which featured the singer and a number of messages about the NHS.

What else did Gerry Marsden star in?

Gerry was also a TV personality right up until 2018, when he quit the limelight.

In 1970 he was given a regular slot on the children’s TV programme The Sooty Show.

In 1993 he published his autobiography, I’ll Never Walk Alone, co-written with the former Melody Maker editor Ray Coleman.

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