|"Ferry Cross the Mersey"|
|Single by Gerry and the Pacemakers|
|from the album Ferry Cross the Mersey|
|Recorded||27 May 1964|
("You, You, You": 28 September)
|Studio||EMI Studios, London|
Laurie 3284 (USA)
Capitol 72216 (Canada)
|Gerry and the Pacemakers singles chronology|
"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 and number eight in the UK. 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.
"Mersey" refers to the River Mersey in northwest England, which flows into the Irish Sea at Liverpool. The Mersey Ferry runs between Liverpool and Birkenhead and Seacombe on the Wirral Peninsula.
"Ferry Cross the Mersey" became a Top 10 hit in the UK and also in the U.S., where it was a bigger hit. It did best in Chicago, where it reached #1 on WLS-AM.
|"Ferry 'Cross the Mersey"|
|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|
|Producer(s)||Stock Aitken Waterman|
In May 1989, a charity version of "Ferry Cross the Mersey" was released in aid of those affected by the Hillsborough disaster, which had claimed the lives of 95 Liverpool fans the previous month (a 96th, Tony Bland, died in 1993 as a consequence of that disaster and a 97th, Andrew Devine, in 2021). 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 and the Irish chart for two weeks.
|UK Singles Chart||1|
|Australian ARIA Singles Chart||45|
|Austrian Singles Chart||15|
|Dutch GfK chart||21|
|Dutch Top 40||20|
|German Singles Chart||5|
|Irish Singles Chart||1|
|Norwegian Singles Chart||4|
|Swiss Singles Chart||11|