Gerry & The Pacemakers
Quick! Name a band of cute boys from Liverpool, England who were managed by Brian Epstein, produced by George Martin, and got their start in the early 1960s playing small clubs in Germany. Gerry Marsden and his Pacemakers briefly worked the same territory as the Fab Four, both geographically and musically, landing seven top 40 singles in the U.S.--including their signature tune, "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying"--and 11 Top-40 hits in the U.K. However, by the mid-'60s, the Beatles had eclipsed them musically, and a fickle public lost interest in their snappy but relatively conservative brand of pop. Marsden continued to write, record, and perform in various incarnations of the band, but all three of the original Pacemakers had quit music altogether by 1966.