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Originally founded as a skiffle group in Liverpool in 1959 by John McNally and Mike Pender (Mike Prendergast), 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, their first lead singer. The issue remains unresolved.

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 interst McNally was joined by his guitarist neighbour Mike Prendergast. They soon recruited Tony Jackson 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.

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.

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.


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  • jrs1991

    Very good band

    11 Apr 2:43am Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    в свое время шумели не меньше битлз, ну и правильно шумели - манера исполнения тихушно-мелодическая, довольно не стандартная (хотя и приведшая нас всех потом к группе smokie, буэээ)

    26 Feb 2014 Reply
  • lihei

    Love these guys.

    29 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Mister_Madness


    20 Feb 2013 Reply
  • optimisticky

    utterly hygienic pop. i definitely like the searchers but they really did make hazard-free music with padded shinguards and safety helmets.

    14 Sep 2012 Reply
  • jannesie

    good music

    16 Jun 2012 Reply
  • narci91

    The Searchers shit all over the Beatles. :D [2]

    24 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Saskatchewan_

    The Searchers shit all over the Beatles. :D

    15 Mar 2012 Reply
  • fkyou1


    12 Dec 2011 Reply
  • ArthurEngel

    danke euch allen für die kommentare

    26 Sep 2011 Reply
  • ArthurEngel

    danke euch allen für die kommentare

    26 Sep 2011 Reply
  • ArthurEngel

    danke euch allen für die kommentare

    26 Sep 2011 Reply
  • borlottibean

    it's all about Love's Melodies.

    1 Jun 2011 Reply
  • lobogo14

    I always keep asking myself the question how can a band like this lose to Lady Whatsername? today's youth really doesn't appreciate how much are these bands worth

    6 Jan 2011 Reply
  • whitester

    Saw these guys in concert at Eastbourne last night and they were fantastic,it was good to meet them after the show and get there autographs,keep up the good work fellas and thanks for a great show

    3 Oct 2010 Reply
  • alejandraoleary

    i love them so much.

    27 Aug 2010 Reply
  • DoubleSize

    Sapegas, "Stand by me" from what album is it?

    22 Aug 2010 Reply
  • thetaifunsdrum

    the best from the Ssarchers

    8 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Pavel_p4elz


    13 May 2010 Reply
  • Sapegas

    I could not see "Stand by me" on top charts, so strange... this song is awesome ballad

    9 Oct 2009 Reply
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