Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Take a Closer Look at the Searchers

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Take a Closer Look at the Searchers

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OKAY, so they're not the Rolling Stones, but they have been playing together just as long and are responsible for a string of hits that even the boss Bruce Springsteen gives the thumbs up to.

The distinctive jangling sound of the 12-string guitar and the rich harmonies embellishing their immaculate vocals have without doubt ensured The Searchers of a lasting place in the history of popular music throughout the world.

Their hit songs include "Sweets For My Sweet", "Sugar And Spice", "Needles And Pins", "Love Potion Number 9", "Don't Throw Your Love Away", "Someday We're Gonna Love Again" and bass guitarist Frank Allen's favourite "When You Walk In The Room".

"Bruce Springsteen does that one in his show. He started playing it back in the 70s. It has great lyrics and a great guitar riff," Allen said.

With record sales well in excess of 40 million The Searchers have accumulated a legion of fans around the world, including a loyal following in Australia.

"We've been touring Australia every year for the past 12 and on and off over our careers. We came here in 64 at the beginning of our career. I'd just joined the band and we toured with Del Shannon, Peter and Gordon, Dinah Lee and Max Merritt and the Meteors for a few show. Then we came back in 1966 with The Rolling Stones."

Allen said The Searchers were definitely a 1960s nostalgia band and after so much time touring and performing they really know what their audience wants.

"People realise the value of that particular period. It was an important time in our lives. We built up a very good reputation in UK because after 50 years we've got the formula about right about how to present a show on stage to an adult audience. We create the light and shade and interest that will make them go home and want to come back next year."

Allen said nostalgia is really important to people. "That period between 13 and 25 means the most to you and for these people looking back at that musical period which of course began with The Beatles and following on with everyone else was such an iconic period. …

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