Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: The Beatles were wrong

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The world of rock and roll lost another star this week. Gerry Marsden, the lead member of Gerry and the Pacemakers that capitalized on the British Invasion in the 1960’s, died on January 2nd at the age of 78.

Like the Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers were managed by Brian Epstein. The group had hits like “Don’t Let the Sun Catch Your Crying” and “Ferry Cross the Mersey.”

Their first big break actually was made possible by the Beatles. Neither group had hit success yet in 1962. Beatles producer George Martin wanted them to record a particular song but the future Fab Four didn’t care for it. So Martin took it to Marsden. They turned it into a single that became their first #1 hit in April 1962, selling half a million copies.

The Beatles were wrong (it ultimately wouldn’t matter, but it did at the time). What was the song they turned down?

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