Legendary stars of the Sixties The Searchers are set to appear in Preston next month.
With such classic hits as, Sweets For My Sweet; Needles and Pins; Don’t Throw Your Love Away; Sugar and Spice and When You Walk In The Room, they have contributed enormously in establishing the UK as the world’s leading nation in the music industry.
There is no doubt that the decade that gave us The Beatles as well as The Searchers and many others was very special and will go down in history as being the most imaginative period of music creativity and expression.
With total record sales well in excess of 50 million, The Searchers still have great appeal to audiences of all ages. They tour the globe as much today as they have done throughout a fantastic career spanning five decades.
Their special ‘solo’ concert, appearing on their own instead of part of a nostalgia package, is a highly entertaining show and has been enthusiastically and warmly received throughout the world.
Combined with anecdotes and reminiscences, this fully self-contained concert includes all their famous hits, plus many album recordings, B-sides and a selection of other collector and well known favourites.
The Searchers were formed in the late Fifties as a skiffle group by John McNally who was quickly joined by guitarist Mike Pender, drummer Chris Curtis and bassist Tony Jackson. With the addition of lead vocalist Johnny Sandon they soon grew into a solid five piece unit who commanded an impressive following in their home town of Liverpool and rated high in the local rankings.
When Sandon left the outfit in 1962 the remaining four quit their jobs in order to take up the offer of a short residency at the famous Star Club in Hamburg playing alongside The Beatles, Gerry & The Pacemakers and a host of other beat groups trying to make their mark in the world of youth music. When The Beatles started the storm that became tagged Merseybeat The Searchers took their chance.
Today’s line-up is: John McNally, Frank Allen, Spencer James and Scott Ottaway.
The band, who even numbered The Ramones among their fans, play Preston Charter Theatre on June 8. Contact via prestonguildhall.co.uk or telephone Box Office Tel: 01772 80 44 44.