Gerry and the Pacemakers were a British beat group prominent in the 1960s Merseybeat scene. They came from Liverpool, were managed by Brian Epstein, and were recorded by George Martin. They were the first act to reach number one in the UK Singles Chart with their first three single releases. "How Do You Do It?" was first and "I Like It" being second. The massive "You'll Never Walk Alone" single was third.
Gerry Marsden formed the group in 1956 with his brother Fred, Les Chadwick, and Arthur McMahon. They rivalled the Beatles early in their career, playing in the same areas of Hamburg and Liverpool. McMahon was replaced on piano by Les Maguire around 1961. The group's original name was Gerry Marsden and the Mars Bars, but they were forced to change this when the Mars Company, producers of the chocolate Mars bar, complained.