A Rockapaedia Obituary
Band: Gerry and the Pacemakers..
Les Chadwick died aged seventy-five on 26th December 2019 from brain cancer in Sydney, Australia. He was a bass guitar player, best known as a member of Gerry and the Pacemakers, the successful 1960's pop group.
Les was born John Leslie Chadwick on 11th May, 1943 in Liverpool, Merseyside, United ingdom. His bass guitar work can be heard on all of the 1960s recordings made by Gerry and the Pacemakers.
Les Chadwick at the beginning did not own a bass guitar and played a standard Fender Stratocaster with the strings slung down until obtaining a sunburst Epiphone Rivoli bass which he used for most of his performances with the Pacemakers.
On 19th October 1961, the Beatles and Gerry and the Pacemakers merged to become the 'Beatmakers', for a one-off performance in Litherland Town Hall. The line-up comprised Gerry Marsden, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Les Maguire, Pete Best, Freddy Marsden, and vocalist Karl Terry from the Cruisers with Les Chadwick on bass guitar. When the Pacemakers split up in 1966, Les bought a garage with fellow former Pacemaker, Les Maguire and in 1973 he moved to Sydney, Australia, where he set up an employment agency.
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song:'Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying' by Gerry and the Pacemakers