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Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying

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Gerry & the Pacemakers



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Gerry & the Pacemakers were the second group be signed by manager Brian Epstein (after The Beatles). They were part of the Merseybeat sound emanating from Liverpool, UK. This was their second hit in the US.
This was produced by Beatles producer George Martin. Another example of his lush, melancholy string arrangements can be found on the 1974 America album Holiday. (thanks, Charles - Charlotte, NC)
Gerry & the Pacemakers sang this when they made their US television debut on May 3, 1964 on The Ed Sullivan Show. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
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Comments (25):

On January 20th 1965, Gerry and the Pacemakers performed "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying" on the ABC-TV program 'Shindig!'...
Eight months earlier on May 17th, 1964 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on June 28th, 1964 it peaked at #4 (for 2 weeks) and spent 12 weeks on the Top 100...
Between 1964 and 1966 the group had eleven records on the Top 100; with three making the Top 10 (the other two were "How Do You Do It?, #9 in 1964, and "Ferry Across the Mersey", #6 in 1965)...
R.I.P. Jimmy O'Neil (Shindig's host, 1940 - 2013) and Gerry Marsden celebrated his 71st birthday four months ago on September 24th (2013).
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
Fred, Gerry and The Pacemakers' first hit was NOT
"Ferry Cross The Mersey." It was "How Do You Do It," one that was turned down by The Beatles, though George Martin had them record it. John took the lead, and then the group forbade its release. Gerry's next was "I Like It." I don't know how you missed these, as the first was a number one smash, and the other respectable as well. Gerry and the Pacemakers released a film called FERRY CROSS THE MERSEY, and that was the title song.
- Rudy, Chicago, IL
In 1960 the great Ray Charles charted with a completely different record with the same title, it peaked at No. 95. For Fred in MD; "Don't let the Sun" entered the Top 100 in May of 1964 while "Ferry" entered in February 1965...
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
Hedy guy's, I love all of you for your comments and your appreciation for Gary and friends. Their songs struck a chord in my heart that I will never forget. How poignant! Love R.
- Peerless, Portland, OR
"Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying" is listed as written by "Sean Patrick Sennett" on ASCAP. I've never heard it but it just goes to show the confusion regarding songs. BMI lists Gerrard Marsden, brother Fred, Leo Maguire and bass player Les Chadwick as the writers of the song that Gerry and The Pacemakers recorded. They offered the song to Louise Boisot who chose the stage name "Louise Cordet" and is the goddaughter of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. But she settled for the one song that made the charts and decided to work for Marianne Faithfull. The Ray Charles song with the same name sounds similar but the lyrics are different. Carol King said that when she and Gerry Goffin were working for Aldon Music in the Brill Building as a song- writing team, the songwriting team in the next room were composing a song that sounded very similar to the song that they were composing. George Harrison was sued for his song "My Sweet Lord" for allegedly infringing the copyright on the song "He's So Fine" composed by Ronald Mack and performed by The Chiffons.
- Jim, Enid, OK
Thumped out bass to this song in 1969-71 with The Balkan Crisis Combo at various gigs in the Omaha/Council Bluffs area. Always one of my favorite "slow songs" on our play list between the Hendrix/Butterfly/Doors covers. Since then I've mastered it on guitar. The original has much more texture (strings and woodwinds) than I recall. Studio production values triumph & memory blurs.
- richie, Omaha, NE
DLTSCYC is, quite simply, a beautifully put-together and performed song. I have always loved it, even as a teenager. In recent years, I have been fortunate enough to meet Gerry and his wife, Pauline, through his charity golf tournaments. One day, at the bar, I said to Gerry "Never ever forget that you wrote Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying because it is right up there with the very best of songs". Gerry was quite touched by this and we discussed the song for some time. Later that evening, he sang the song on stage with his band and as he sang the final few notes he extended his arm out to me in the audience and gave me a huge smile. An unforgettable memory. I'm playing at Gerry's golf day again this year (2009) and really looking forward to seeing him again.
- John, Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
This song was covered by Paul McCartney on his 1990 Trippin the Live Fantastic Album. This was mostly a live album with a few studio tracks such as DLTSCYC. This album is where I first heard the song but now I see the connection from G&PM to Paul. BTW Paul did a great job on this track.
- Ed, Canton, OH
First heard the song by Gerry & The Pacemakers;Later by A singer out of Barbados by the name of Richard Stoute,a soulful balledeer who was performing at coney island show/1966.Stoute is the CEO OF The The Richard Stoute teen talent show.Beautiful song, still like it, entertaining.
- Trevor, Barbados W I, Barbados
Gerry & The Pacemakers' first hit, BTW, was "Ferry, Cross the Mersey" -- that song and this are simple, beautiful, tremendous songs! I love hearing and performing both -- both of them work quite well on either guitar or piano. If the Joe Greene song of this title is even better, I've just got to hear that, too! *** And who will add Ferry, Cross the Mersey to this site? No Gerry & The Pacemakers song list is complete without it!!
- Fred, Laurel, MD
The other song (recorded by Ray Charles and Louis Jordan) was also recorded by Steve Alaimo. I heard his version before I heard Ray Charles do it and always considered it the better version (and a better song than this one... ;-)
- Doug, Conway, AR
Thanks for sending me that info.
- Gary, Phoenix, AZ
There's a guy named Bruce Woodcock in Phoenix Arizona who says he wrote this sing for his sister and sold it - then Gerry made it a hit and put his own name on it.
- Gary, Phoenix, AZ
Dr. John also recorded the Joe Green version.
- Dave, Scottsdale, AZ
It was my personal pleasure to interview Gerry Marsden way back in 1987 for Radio HHR. Gerry and the pacemakers were performing at the Gymnastrada sports-event in Herning. He was nice fat relaxed-Uncle type a guy to talk and I asked him if He would play "DonĀ“t let the sun catch you crying" and He said i will play it specially for You. I (Asif Rehman)will allways remember You for that thanks Gerry.
- Asef, Silkeborg, Denmark
Loved it then. Like it now.
- greg, Victoria, Canada
The sun can catch your crying because your eyes become dry and the others don't see your tears anymore. Long live Gerry and the Pacemarkers!
- Teresa, Mechelen, Belgium
How does the sun actually catch you crying?
- Annabelle, Eugene, OR
I know about this book from a large Beatles Biography I am currently reading.
- Johnny, Los Angeles, CA
Gerry and the Pacemakers" a very good group, I like this song, but their VERY BEST is a beautiful, wonderful song called "You never walk alone", one of the best slows ever made.
- Teresa, Mechelen, Belgium
Gerry did write "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying" in 1964 - as is the case with quite a number of songs, another by the same title was written in 1946 by Joe Greene - a hit for Louis Jordan & the Tympany Five - they are totally different Songs both in lyric & music - just as "Stuck On You" by Elvis & "Stuck On You" by Lionel Richie are totally different.
Pete T, Melbourne, Australia
- Peter, Melbourne, Australia
Gerry recorded "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying," but he didn't write it. The song was a #2 R&B hit for Louis Jordan in 1946 (Decca 18818). Likely, the version that influenced Gerry was Ray Charles' 1960 rendition (Atlantic 2047). It is also contained on his 1960 album, "The Genius Of Ray Charles" (Atlantic 1312)
- Joe, San Diego, CA
Gerry always says [in jest after thirty odd years of marriage] "that he wishes he never wrote the bloody song now"..
: Neville - Perth, Western Australia
- Neville, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
another good download by them is "youll never walk alone"
- nick, SA, TX
Gerry wrote the song to his then girlfriend who today is still his wife.
- shawn, boston, MA
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