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Gerry & The Pacemakers - Ferry Cross The Mersey (1965)
Gerry & The Pacemakers - Ferry Cross The Mersey (1965)
Published: 2008/10/01
Channel: vinylsolution
GERRY & THE PACEMAKERS   FERRY
GERRY & THE PACEMAKERS FERRY 'CROSS THE MERSEY
Published: 2014/02/19
Channel: ROY STORNAWAY
Gerry & the Pacemakers - Ferry Cross The Mersey (Stereo)
Gerry & the Pacemakers - Ferry Cross The Mersey (Stereo)
Published: 2010/06/10
Channel: aa25007
The Story of Gerry
The Story of Gerry's "Ferry Cross The Mersey"
Published: 2014/04/30
Channel: uchubi
Ferry Cross the Mersey (Stereo) (2002 Remastered Version)
Ferry Cross the Mersey (Stereo) (2002 Remastered Version)
Published: 2015/10/20
Channel: Gerry and the Pacemakers - Topic
Gerry and the Pacemakers  (  Ferry Cross The Mersey  ) - Video
Gerry and the Pacemakers ( Ferry Cross The Mersey ) - Video
Published: 2016/04/06
Channel: leao54 - Old Vinyl Songs
Paul McCartney & Others Ferry Cross the Mersey 1989
Paul McCartney & Others Ferry Cross the Mersey 1989
Published: 2010/02/28
Channel: TheSonofthe80s
Hillsborough - Ferry Cross The Mersey
Hillsborough - Ferry Cross The Mersey
Published: 2009/04/15
Channel: Ray Murray
Gerry And The Pacemakers - Ferry Cross The Mersey (1965)
Gerry And The Pacemakers - Ferry Cross The Mersey (1965)
Published: 2013/03/02
Channel: DiscoBar80
Ferry Cross the Mersey Movie Trailer - 1964
Ferry Cross the Mersey Movie Trailer - 1964
Published: 2017/01/17
Channel: Bobby Cole
Frankie Goes To Hollywood -  Ferry Cross The Mersey
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Ferry Cross The Mersey
Published: 2009/09/30
Channel: Pete Crunchy
GERRY & THE PACEMAKERS - "Ferry Cross The Mersey" (Live HQ TV Performance On "Beat-Club") | © 1965
GERRY & THE PACEMAKERS - "Ferry Cross The Mersey" (Live HQ TV Performance On "Beat-Club") | © 1965
Published: 2014/12/01
Channel: Social Music Net™
Holly Johnson - Ferry
Holly Johnson - Ferry 'Cross The Mersey
Published: 2007/11/30
Channel: Ethan Tan
Gerry & The Pacemakers - Ferry Cross the Mersey (Live at The British Invasion)
Gerry & The Pacemakers - Ferry Cross the Mersey (Live at The British Invasion)
Published: 2013/07/30
Channel: MrDJRichie65
The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden & S/A/W - Ferry
The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden & S/A/W - Ferry 'Cross the Mersey
Published: 2014/04/29
Channel: ohnoitisnathan39
Laila Kinnunen: "Ferry Cross the Mersey"
Laila Kinnunen: "Ferry Cross the Mersey"
Published: 2016/04/02
Channel: Viulut yössä
Gerry & the pacemakers  - Ferry cross the Mersey (with lyrics)
Gerry & the pacemakers - Ferry cross the Mersey (with lyrics)
Published: 2016/12/06
Channel: Kevin Hunt
Gerry & the Pacemakers-Ferry cross the Mersey (lyrics)
Gerry & the Pacemakers-Ferry cross the Mersey (lyrics)
Published: 2011/07/27
Channel: Päivi Savolainen
Frankie Goes To Hollywood-Ferry Cross The Mersey
Frankie Goes To Hollywood-Ferry Cross The Mersey
Published: 2011/05/01
Channel: Tomislav Tomic
Ferry Cross The Mersey 1989 Hillsborough Tribute
Ferry Cross The Mersey 1989 Hillsborough Tribute
Published: 2007/08/24
Channel: UK Teeth Whitening
Gerry Marsden - Ferry Cross the Mersey
Gerry Marsden - Ferry Cross the Mersey
Published: 2013/05/03
Channel: rcpinsa
Gerry & The Pacemakers- Ferry
Gerry & The Pacemakers- Ferry 'cross The Mersey
Published: 2008/11/19
Channel: stacey luscott
Ferry Cross The Mersey -  Burton Cummings - Up Close And Alone
Ferry Cross The Mersey - Burton Cummings - Up Close And Alone
Published: 2012/04/30
Channel: TrueBlueCdnEh
Gerry & The Peacemakers Ferry cross the Mersey
Gerry & The Peacemakers Ferry cross the Mersey
Published: 2012/10/03
Channel: 1951Fidel
Ferry Cross the Mersey - Guitar Lesson - 100% accurate - Gerry & Pacemakers
Ferry Cross the Mersey - Guitar Lesson - 100% accurate - Gerry & Pacemakers
Published: 2015/12/29
Channel: ModSquad
Ferry
Ferry 'Cross The Mersey - Gerry And The Pacemakers - Acoustic Guitar Lesson
Published: 2014/06/24
Channel: Alan Robinson
Hillsborough Appeal Fund - Ferry Across The Mersey. (1989) Original Video
Hillsborough Appeal Fund - Ferry Across The Mersey. (1989) Original Video
Published: 2010/08/04
Channel: TheJellybaby1988
Gerry & The Pacemakers "Ferry Cross the Mersey" on The Ed Sullivan Show
Gerry & The Pacemakers "Ferry Cross the Mersey" on The Ed Sullivan Show
Published: 2010/10/08
Channel: The Ed Sullivan Show
Ferry Cross the Mersey, Old Geezer Guitar Lesson, Uncle Raggy
Ferry Cross the Mersey, Old Geezer Guitar Lesson, Uncle Raggy
Published: 2014/02/11
Channel: Raggy Ragsdale
FERRY CROSS THE MERSEY - Joe Demicoli
FERRY CROSS THE MERSEY - Joe Demicoli
Published: 2016/08/28
Channel: Joe Demicoli
Burton Cummings - "Ferry Cross the Mersey" Rams Head Tavern, Annapolis, 11 12 13
Burton Cummings - "Ferry Cross the Mersey" Rams Head Tavern, Annapolis, 11 12 13
Published: 2013/11/14
Channel: writepilot777
Lambretta Fun Scenes From Ferry Cross The Mersey
Lambretta Fun Scenes From Ferry Cross The Mersey
Published: 2013/03/26
Channel: Chaz Mork
Ferry Cross the Mersey (In the Style of Gerry and the Pacemakers) (Karaoke Version)
Ferry Cross the Mersey (In the Style of Gerry and the Pacemakers) (Karaoke Version)
Published: 2014/08/04
Channel: Various Artists - Topic
Gerry Marsden - Ferry Cross The Mersey
Gerry Marsden - Ferry Cross The Mersey
Published: 2016/11/01
Channel: Richard Moore
Ferry Cross The Mersey -  Gerry And The Pacemakers - with lyrics
Ferry Cross The Mersey - Gerry And The Pacemakers - with lyrics
Published: 2017/05/12
Channel: Chris' Lyrics
Ferry Cross the Mersey - Hillsborough Appeal
Ferry Cross the Mersey - Hillsborough Appeal
Published: 2009/04/15
Channel: donburino
Ferry Cross The Mersey
Ferry Cross The Mersey
Published: 2014/11/08
Channel: Pat Metheny - Topic
1965 HITS: Ferry Cross The Mersey - Gerry & the Pacemakers
1965 HITS: Ferry Cross The Mersey - Gerry & the Pacemakers
Published: 2017/08/09
Channel: MusicProf78
ferry across the mersey bass playalong
ferry across the mersey bass playalong
Published: 2016/08/23
Channel: jimmythebass1
Ferry Across The Mersey - Holly Johnson and The Lightening Seeds (Roughcut)
Ferry Across The Mersey - Holly Johnson and The Lightening Seeds (Roughcut)
Published: 2012/10/31
Channel: Holly Johnson
Gerry and The Pacemakers - Ferry Cross the Mersey (Ready Steady Go)
Gerry and The Pacemakers - Ferry Cross the Mersey (Ready Steady Go)
Published: 2015/04/04
Channel: John1948FiveE
Pat Metheny - Ferry Cross The Mersey
Pat Metheny - Ferry Cross The Mersey
Published: 2008/03/24
Channel: parkhill62
Ferry Cross The Mersey
Ferry Cross The Mersey
Published: 2015/10/20
Channel: Gerry and the Pacemakers - Topic
Ferry Cross The Mersey Various Artists
Ferry Cross The Mersey Various Artists
Published: 2011/07/29
Channel: gillian
In the Shadows #17: Ferry Cross the Mersey
In the Shadows #17: Ferry Cross the Mersey
Published: 2016/04/14
Channel: shufflocity
Ferry cross the Mersey. (acoustic cover)
Ferry cross the Mersey. (acoustic cover)
Published: 2017/04/04
Channel: The Awakened Brave!
Ferry Cross the Mersey (Gerry & the Pacemakers ukulele cover)
Ferry Cross the Mersey (Gerry & the Pacemakers ukulele cover)
Published: 2011/06/30
Channel: paxukulele
Gerry and the Pacemakers - Ferry Cross the Mersey (1965)
Gerry and the Pacemakers - Ferry Cross the Mersey (1965)
Published: 2015/11/05
Channel: Rory Nights2
Ferry Cross the Mersey - Uke version
Ferry Cross the Mersey - Uke version
Published: 2010/02/19
Channel: John Todd
Ferry Cross the Mersey - Movie Trailer
Ferry Cross the Mersey - Movie Trailer
Published: 2007/03/20
Channel: dkslam
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"Ferry Cross the Mersey"
Single by Gerry and the Pacemakers
from the album Ferry Cross the Mersey
B-side "You, You, You" (UK)
"Pretend" (USA)
Released December 1964
Format 7" single
Recorded May 27, 1964, EMI Studios, London[1]
("You, You, You": September 28)
Genre Merseybeat, pop
Length 2:24
Label Columbia (UK)
Laurie 3284 (USA)
Capitol 72216 (Canada)
Songwriter(s) Gerry Marsden
Producer(s) George Martin
Gerry and the Pacemakers singles chronology
"It's Gonna Be Alright"
(1964)
"Ferry Cross the Mersey"
(1964)
"I'll Be There"
(1965)
"It's Gonna Be Alright"
(1964)
"Ferry Cross the Mersey"
(1964)
"I'll Be There"
(1965)
"Ferry 'Cross the Mersey"
Ferry Cross the Mercy 1989 single cover.jpg
Single by The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden and Stock Aitken Waterman
B-side "Abide with Me" by Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Choir
Released 8 May 1989
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, Mini CD, CD
Length 3:58
Label PWL
Songwriter(s) Gerry Marsden
Producer(s) Stock Aitken Waterman

"Ferry Cross the Mersey" (sometimes written Ferry 'Cross the Mersey) is a song written by Gerry Marsden. It was first recorded by his band Gerry and the Pacemakers and released in late 1964 in the UK and in 1965 in the United States. It was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, reaching number six in the United States[2] and number eight in the UK.[3] The song is from the film of the same name and was released on its soundtrack album. In the mid-1990s a musical theatre production also titled Ferry Cross the Mersey related Gerry Marsden's Merseybeat days; it premiered in Liverpool and played in the UK, Australia, and Canada.

Song title and lyrics[edit]

"Mersey" refers to the River Mersey in northwest England, a river that flows into the Irish Sea at Liverpool.

The song is often misspelled as "Ferry 'Cross the Mersey", but according to the song's lyrics, the track is correctly titled "Ferry Cross the Mersey". "Cross" is not a contraction of the preposition "across" but rather an imperative verb - "Ferry, cross the Mersey." The Mersey Ferry runs between Liverpool and Birkenhead and Seacombe on the Wirral.

In the US, the title was rendered on all 45s -- even reissues from decades after the original release -- as "Ferry Across The Mersey".

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1965) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[3] 8
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 6

Charity record for The Hillsborough Disaster Fund[edit]

In May 1989, a charity version of "Ferry Cross the Mersey" was released in aid of those affected by the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 95 Liverpool fans the previous month (a 96th, Tony Bland, died in 1993 as a consequence of that disaster). The song was recorded by Liverpool artists The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden and Stock Aitken Waterman. The single held the #1 spot in the UK chart for three weeks[4] and the Irish chart for two weeks.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[4] 1
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[5] 45
Austrian Singles Chart[6] 15
Dutch GfK chart[7] 21
Dutch Top 40[8] 20
German Singles Chart[9] 5
Irish Singles Chart[10] 1
Norwegian Singles Chart[11] 4
Swiss Singles Chart[12] 11
Preceded by
"Hand on Your Heart" by Kylie Minogue[13][14]
UK number-one single
20 May 1989[4]
(3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Sealed With a Kiss" by Jason Donovan[15]
Ireland number-one single
18 May 1989[14]
(2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Heart & Soul" by No Sweat[14]

Other cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gerry's Datebook". Britbands.bravepages.com. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  2. ^ a b Unterberger, Richie. "Gerry & the Pacemakers > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  3. ^ a b "Chart Stats - Gerry And The Pacemakers - Ferry Cross The Mersey". Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  4. ^ a b c "Chart Stats - Gerry Marsden, Paul McCartney, Holly Johnson And The Christians - Ferry Cross The Mersey". Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  5. ^ "The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden & Stock Aitken Waterman - Ferry 'Cross The Mersey". australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on 2009-12-09. Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  6. ^ "The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden & Stock Aitken Waterman - Ferry 'Cross The Mersey". austriancharts.at. Archived from the original on 2009-12-08. Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  7. ^ "The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden & Stock Aitken Waterman - Ferry 'Cross The Mersey". dutchcharts.nl. Archived from the original on 2009-12-09. Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  8. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 - week 26, 1989". Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  9. ^ "charts.de". charts.de. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  10. ^ "irishcharts.ie search results". Archived from the original on 2009-06-03. Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  11. ^ "The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden & Stock Aitken Waterman - Ferry 'Cross The Mersey". norwegiancharts.com. Archived from the original on 2009-12-08. Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  12. ^ "The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden & Stock Aitken Waterman - Ferry 'Cross The Mersey". hitparade.ch. Archived from the original on 2009-12-04. Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  13. ^ "Chart Stats - Kylie Minogue - Hand On Your Heart". Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  14. ^ a b c "The Irish Charts - Birthday no.1s". Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  15. ^ "Chart Stats - Jason Donovan - Sealed With A Kiss". Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  16. ^ Catwoman (2002-07-17). "h2g2 - ZTT Records 1983-1988 Part 3: Remixes". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 

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