Another Merseybeat band, The Searchers took their name from the John Wayne movie of the same name. They were originally a skiffle group founded by John McNally and Mike Pender in 1959, and had most of their success with covers of other bands’ tunes, including the two we feature today.
The first song is a remake of Jackie DeShannon’s “Needles and Pins.” It went to #1 in the UK and #13 in the US in 1964 and was on their album, Meet the Searchers.
The second song was their first hit in the UK, “Sweets for my Sweet.” A remake of the Drifters’ 1961 song, it reached #1 in the UK but didn’t chart in the US.
They also had hits with “Sugar and Spice,” written by producer Tony Hatch (later covered by Chicago’s The Cryan Shames), and a cover of the Clovers’ “Love Potion No. 9.” In 1985 Mike Pender left the band after a farewell tour, and eventually formed “Mike Pender’s Searchers.” Both bands are currently active. Each band has a website, the original band here and the Mike Pender version here.
The Searchers, your Two for Tuesday, June 30, 2015.