Ferry Cross the Mersey

By | Jan 3, 2010

It’s nice to learn new things, but sometimes those new things should have been something you already should have known. I have been hearing the 1965 song Ferry Cross the Mersey for 40 years or more, but just realized some things about it.

The Mersey is the River Mersey a 70 miles long river in North West England. The river ends at Liverpool Bay, Merseyside.

The Mersey Ferry has been in existence since at least the 12th century. Today it crosses between Liverpool and the Wirral Peninsula.

Gerry Marden leader of the group Gerry and the Pacemakers wrote the song was raised in Liverpool.

The group was managed by Brian Epstein, who was also the manager of The Beatles. In fact their first hit, How Do You Do It?, was first offered to the Beatles and was produced by George Martin, the Beatles producer.

The song was recorded in 1964 and released in the UK late in the year. It was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, reaching number six in the US and number eight in the UK.


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