The song “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying” by Gerry and The Pacemakers is how love can be a heartbreaking business, but, perhaps, you can love again. The song was written by Gerry Mardsen and the other Pacemakers, who were Freddie Marsden, Les Chadwick, and Les Maguire. It is quintessential sixties British Invasion music. The song by Gerry and The Pacemakers was first recorded by Louise Cordet, who had toured with them as well as The Beatles in 1964. However, the group then decided to record their own version of “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying.” It was produced by George Martin, the English producer, arranger, musician, composer for many artists — including The Beatles, of course. The Beatles connection continues, as Gerry and The Pacemakers were the second group signed to Brian Epstein, who also managed the Fab Four. “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying” went to #6 on the U.K. Singles Chart and rose to #4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1964. Gerry and The Pacemakers sang this when they made their debut on U.S. TV on The Ed Sullivan Show in May, 1964. There have been a number of covers of the song, including versions by Steve Lawrence, José Feliciano, Rickie Lee Jones, Gloria Estefan, and Paul Carrack.
(Note: There had been a song before this one by Gerry and The Pacemakers that was titled “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Cryin’.” It was written by Joe Greene and recorded by Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five in 1946. In that song, the lady has done the singer wrong, and he does not want her any more. There were covers of that song by Ray Charles, Jackie DeShannon, Paul McCartney, and Roseanna Vitro.)
Gerry and The Pacemakers were from Liverpool, England, and played in many of the same areas as did The Beatles, including Hamburg, Germany. They had success with “How Do You Do it?”, “I Like It,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” and “Ferry Cross The Mersey” (which was also the name of their 1965 film).