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GERRY MARSDEN, frontman of 1960s rockers Gerry And The Pacemakers, was given a sneak preview of THE Beatles' chart-topping 1963 single I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND before it was released - but he dismissed the landmark hit as "terrible".

Late Beatle John Lennon played the song to the YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE star when the two bands were touring together, and Marsden admits he was less than impressed by his pal's latest effort.

He recalls, "We were on tour together when John came into my hotel room and said: 'Gerry, here's our new song - I wanna hold your haaaaand.'

"But I said: 'That's terrible, John.' Just goes to show my knowledge in music!"

27/05/2005 17:37

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