Earlier this year, dozens of Austin musicians came together for All ATX: British Invasion, a compilation album celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the British Invasion hitting our shores. But more importantly, the album’s proceeds benefit HAAM, the Health Alliance For Austin Musicians. This week, we’re highlighting some more cuts from All ATX and reminding you the album would make a great holiday gift (wink wink, nudge nudge).
Gerry And The Pacemakers might be somewhat lost in the British Invasion story, but there was a time when they were direct competitors to their Liverpudlian counterparts in the Beatles. In the early ’60s, the two bands often traded spots on the UK charts before the Pacemakers broke into the U.S. with their hit “Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying.” Unlike a lot of their Merseybeat peers, the Pacemakers were more influenced by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Amy Cook’s cover retains this timeless, almost Broadway-like appeal, dialing into the song’s inherent sadness. Download it below, and grab a copy of All ATX here.