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'PART OF THE 'MERSEY' CHART INVASION OF THE EARLY 60'S'
on 22 May 2014
This review is from: The Searchers: The Very Best Of (Audio CD)
The 'Searchers' emerged during the 'merseybeat ' revolution during the early 60's
the surge of interest for the music from that part of the U.K led of course by the
The 'Searchers' were formed in 1959 by 'John McNally' and 'Mike Pender' they
took the name of the group from 'John Wayne's' movie 'The Searchers'
They broke into the U.K Charts in 63' with the pop-classic - 'Sweets For My Sweet'
which topped the singles chart for 2 weeks.
The group did have a further two number one's in 64' again, pop-classics' -'Needles
and Pins' and 'Don't Throw your Love Away'
Between 63' to 66' they achieved (other than their three number ones already listed)
a further seven Top 20 entries three of which peaked in the U.K Top 10 , the three
being 'Sugar and Spice' (Chart '2' 1963) 'When you Walk in The Room' (Chart '3'
1964) and 'Goodbye My Love' (Chart '4' 1965)
The group did also have three or four lower order entries during the 63' -66' period of
Some of the numbers not listed also worthy of a mention 'Someday we're Gonna Love
Again' 'Love Potion Number No 9' (A cover of a 'Clovers' hit) 'What Have They Done
To the Rain' 'Twist and Shout' ( a rock/pop classic ) 'Sea of Heartbreak' ( a 'Don
Gibson' classic) and their version of the classic 'Rock' number 'Money' (that's what I
Back in the early sixties I was fortunate, at the height of their popularity, to have seen
them live on-stage on a multi-artist pop presentation.
'The Searchers' were one of the quality groups of the day, this album representing many
of their best loved songs.