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Encyclopedia > The Searchers (band)

The Searchers are a British rock act who emerged as part of the 1960s merseybeat scene along with The Beatles, The Swinging Blue Jeans, and Gerry and the Pacemakers. Rock is a form of popular music from the mid 20th century which typically features a vocal melody (often with vocal harmony) that is supported by accompaniment of electric guitars, a bass guitar, and drums, often with a strong back beat. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... For the TV program please see Merseybeat Merseybeat, sometimes referred to as Merseysound, was a style of music popular during the 1960s. ... The Beatles were a highly influential English rock band from Liverpool. ... The Swinging Blue Jeans were a 1960s British merseybeat band, best known for their proto-rave-up hit single Hippy Hippy Shake. External links Official website Category: ‪United Kingdom rock musical group stubs‬ ... Gerry & the Pacemakers was a British rock and roll group during the 1960s, and one of the few groups to challenge the Beatles in popularity. ...


The band's hits included "Sweets For My Sweet," "Sugar and Spice," "Needles And Pins," and "Don't Throw Your Love Away", as well as a cover of The Clovers' "Love Potion No. 9". For a brief period in the early 1960s their fame rivalled that of the Beatles. They were, in fact, the second group from Liverpool after the Beatles to have a hit in America when "Needles And Pins" charted during the first week of March, 1964. Sugar and Spice is a 2001 comedy film about cheerleaders who become bank robbers. ... The Clovers are an American doo wop group. ...

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Band history

Smiggles!Originally founded as a skiffle group in Liverpool in 1959 by John McNally (born 30.8.1941, at Walton General Hospital, 107 Rice Lane, Walton, Liverpool, Lancashire) and Mike Pender (born Michael John Prendergast, March 3, 1942, in Kirkdale, Liverpool, Lancashire), the band took their name from the classic 1956 John Wayne western The Searchers. Prendergast claims that the name was his idea, but McNally ascribes it to 'Big Ron' Woodbridge (born Ronald Woodbridge, 1938, in Liverpool, Lacashire), their first lead singer. The issue remains unresolved. Doghouse Skiffle Group Skiffle is a type of folk music with a jazz and blues influence, usually using homemade or improvised instruments such as the washboard, tea chest bass, kazoo, cigar-box fiddle, musical saw, comb and paper, and so forth, as well as more conventional instruments such as acoustic... Liverpool is a city and metropolitan borough in Merseyside, England, along the eastern side of the Mersey Estuary. ... See also: 1958 in music, other events of 1959, 1960 in music, 1950s in music and the list of years in music // Events 1959 (date unknown) Jimi Hendrix buys first electric guitar: a White Single pickup Supro Ozark 1560 S. January 5 The first sessions for Ella Fitzgeralds George... There are many people and places named Walton: Places In New Zealand: Walton, North Island In the United Kingdom: Walton, Buckinghamshire Walton, Cheshire Walton, Cumbria Walton, Derbyshire Walton-upon-Trent, Derbyshire Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex Walton, Leicestershire Walton, Merseyside Walton, Milton Keynes Walton, Peterborough Walton, Powys Walton, Somerset Walton... Liverpool is a city and metropolitan borough in Merseyside, England, along the eastern side of the Mersey Estuary. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... March 3 is the 62nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (63rd in leap years). ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... Kirkdale is an area of Liverpool. ... Liverpool is a city and metropolitan borough in Merseyside, England, along the eastern side of the Mersey Estuary. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... John Wayne (May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), popularly known as The Duke, [1] was an Academy Award winning, American film actor whose career began in silent movies in the 1920s. ... i like western films The Western is an American genre in literature and film. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Liverpool is a city and metropolitan borough in Merseyside, England, along the eastern side of the Mersey Estuary. ...


The band grew out of an earlier skiffle group formed by McNally, with his friends Brian Dolan (guitar) and Tony West (bass). When the other two members lost interest McNally was joined by his guitarist neighbour Mike Prendergast. They soon recruited Tony Jackson (born Anthony Paul Jackson, 16 July 1938, in The Dingle, Liverpool, Lancashire died 18 August 2003, in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire) with his home-made bass guitar and amplifier and styled themselves Tony and the Searchers with Joe Kelly on drums. Kelly soon left to be replaced by Norman McGarry and it is this line-up—McNally, Pender (as he soon became known), Jackson and McGarry—that is usually cited as the original foursome. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Tony Jackson (July 16, 1938 – August 18, 2003) was an English bass player and singer who was a member of The Searchers. ... 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Liverpool is a city and metropolitan borough in Merseyside, England, along the eastern side of the Mersey Estuary. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nottingham is a city (and county town of Nottinghamshire) in the East Midlands of England. ...


McGarry did not stay long, however, and in 1960 his place was taken by Chris Crummey (who later changed his name to Curtis). Later that year Big Ron had a successful audition with Mecca and became a ballroom singer. He was replaced by Billy Beck, who changed his name to Johnny Sandon. The band had regular bookings at Liverpool's Iron Door Club as Johnny Sandon and the Searchers. Chris Curtis is a British drummer and singer with the 1960s rock band The Searchers. ... Johnny Sandon (originally named Billy Beck) was an early rock and roll singer from Liverpool, England. ... The Iron Door Club was a music venue at 13 Temple Street, Liverpool. ...


Sandon left the band in late 1961 to join The Remo Four in February 1962. The group settled into a quartet sharing the vocal lead and billed simply as The Searchers. They continued to play at the Iron Door, The Cavern, and other Liverpool clubs. Like many similar acts they would do as many as three shows at different venues in one night. They negotiated a contract with the Star-Club in the St. Paul district Hamburg for 128 days, with three one-hour performances a night, starting in July 1962. 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... The Remo Four were a 1950s-1960s rock band from Liverpool, England. ... The Cavern Club, which was opened on January 16, 1957, was a legendary rock and roll club at 10 Mathew Street, Liverpool, England, where Brian Epstein was introduced to the Beatles in 1961. ... The Star-Club was a music club in Hamburg, Germany that opened April 13, 1962 and was initially operated by Manfred Weissleder und Horst Fascher. ... The name Saint Paul may refer to one of several possible meanings or references, though it is most commonly used to refer to the Biblical Paul of Tarsus. ... Hamburgs motto: May the posterity endeavour with dignity to conserve the freedom, which the forefathers acquired. ...


The band returned to a residence, at the Iron Door Club and it was there that they tape recorded the sessions that led to a recording contract with Pye Records with Tony Hatch as producer. Pye Records was a British record label. ... Tony Hatch (born 30 June 1939 or 1940) is a British composer, songwriter, pianist, producer, and arranger. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the performers, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes . ...


Hatch played piano on some recordings and wrote "Sugar and Spice"—the band’s second number one record—under the pseudonym Fred Nightingale; a secret he kept from the band at the time.


After scoring their monumental hit "Needles and Pins", bassist Tony Jackson went solo and was replaced by Hamburg pal Frank Allen of Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers.


Chris Curtis left the band in 1966 and was replaced by the Keith Moon-influenced John Blunt, who in turn was replaced by Billy Adamson in 1970. In 1967, Chris Curtis formed a new band called Roundabout with keyboard Player Jon Lord and Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, and althouth Curtis's involvement in the project was short-lived, Roundabout would eventually evolve into Deep Purple the following year. Keith John Moon (August 23, 1946 – September 7, 1978) was the drummer of the rock group The Who. ... Chris Curtis is a British drummer and singer with the 1960s rock band The Searchers. ... Jon Lord. ... Richard Hugh Blackmore, (born 14 April 1945) is a British guitarist. ... Deep Purple are an English hard rock band formed in London, England in 1968 (see 1968 in music). ...


As musical styles evolved, the Searchers could not keep up and as a result, the hits ran out and while they continued to record for Liberty Records and RCA Records, ended up on the British "Chicken in a Basket" circuit although they did score a minor US hit in 1971 with "Desdemona". Liberty Records was a United States based record label. ... RCA Records is one of the flagship labels of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. ...


The group continued to tour through the 1970s and were rewarded in 1979 when Sire Records signed the band to a multi-record deal. Two albums were released by them, The Searchers and Play for Today (retitled Love's Melodies outside the UK). Both records garnered great critical acclaim but did not break into the charts. They did however revitalize the group's career. According to John McNally, the band were ready to head into the studio to record a third album for Sire when they were informed that due to label reorganization, their contract had been dropped. Sire Records Company is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group and distributed through Warner Brothers Records The label was founded in 1966 as Sire Productions by Seymour Stein and Richard Gottehrer. ...


In 1981, the band signed to PRT Records (formerly Pye, their original label) and began recording an album but only one single, "I Don't Want To Be The One" backed with "Hollywood", saw the light of day at that time. The rest of the tracks would be released as part of 2004's 40th Anniversary collection. PRT Records was the new name of Pye Records when the rights to the name Pye expired in 1980. ...


Soon after the PRT release, Mike Pender left the group amidst great acrimony and now tours as Mike Pender's Searchers. McNally and Allan recruited former First Class vocalist Spencer James to fill Pender's shoes.


In 1988, Coconut Records signed The Searchers and the album Hungry Hearts was the result. A very contemporary sounding release, it featured modern sounding remakes of "Needles and Pins" and "Sweets For My Sweets". While the album was not a major hit, it did keep the group in the public eye. Coconut Records is a German record label formed in 1981 by producers Tony Hendrik and Karin Hartmann. ...


The band continues to tour with Eddie Rothe replacing Adamson on drums and is considered to be one of the most popular 1960s bands on the UK concert circuit. The Searchers incorporate full band electric performances with an acoustic set as well. Creating ample amounts of confusion, former Searchers lead singer Mike Pender also tours, but with his new full band electric outfit Mike Pender's Searchers, as they perform hits of The Searchers and some new material of their own. The Searchers may refer to: The Searchers – a 1956 epic Western movie The Searchers – a 1960s British rock band This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... The Searchers may refer to: The Searchers – a 1956 epic Western movie The Searchers – a 1960s British rock band This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


Cover versions of songs by The Searchers

The Searchers Timeline In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Jackie DeShannon, real name Sharon Lee Myers, (born August 21, 1944) is an American singer/songwriter with a string of hit song credits from the 1960s onwards. ... The Ramones were an American rock band often considered to be the first punk rock group. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Road To Ruin is the fourth album by the Ramones. ... Tom Petty Thomas Earl Petty (born October 20, 1953 in Gainesville, Florida) is an American musician. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Fall are a British rock music group, formed in Manchester in 1976, and named after Albert Camuss novel. ... This article is about the year. ... Extricate is a 1990 album by the post punk band the Fall. ...


1957-1959 John McNally: Guitar, Vocals Big Ron: Vocals Brian Dolan: Guitar Joe West: Bass Joe Kennedy: Drums


1960-Feb 1962 Mike Pender: Guitar, Vocals John McNally: Guitar, Vocals Chris Curtis: Drums, Vocals Tony Jackson: Bass, Vocals Johnny Sandon: Vocals


Feb 1962-July 1964 Mike Pender: Guitar, Vocals John McNally: Guitar, Vocals Chris Curtis: Drums, Vocals Tony Jackson: Bass, Vocals


July 1964-April 1966 Mike Pender: Guitar, Vocals John McNally: Guitar, Vocals Chris Curtis: Drums, Vocals Frank Allen: Bass, Vocals


May 1966-December 1969 Mike Pender: Guitar, Vocals John McNally: Guitar, Vocals John Blunt: Drums Frank Allen: Bass, Vocals


January 1970-December 1985 Mike Pender: Guitar, Vocals John McNally: Guitar, Vocals Billy Adamson: Drums Frank Allen: Bass, Vocals


1986-present John McNally: Guitar, Vocals Billy Adamson: Drums Spencer James: Guitar, Vocals Frank Allen: Bass, Vocals


References

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External links

  • http://www.marstalent.com/bio_mike_pender.htm

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