The distinctive jangling sound of the 12-string guitar and the rich harmonies embellishing their immaculate vocals have without doubt assured The Searchers of a lasting place the history of popular music throughout the world.
At their peak, The Searchers were one of the big bands from Liverpool and, like The Beatles, they played the Cavern Club and the Star-Club in Hamburg where the Fab Four had already dominated the stage.
The explosion of Beatlemania in many ways paved the way for The Searchers as record labels and promoters went on the hunt for more bands that had the Merseybeat sound.
In a career that has reached an outstanding 50-year milestone, The Searchers continue to perform to sell-out auditoriums in every country they play: their show includes classic hits such as Sweets for My Sweet, Needles and Pins, Don’t Throw Your Love Away, When you Walk in the Room, and Sugar and Spice.
Original members John McNally and Frank Allen are joined on stage by Spencer James and Scott Ottaway.
The Searchers love to perform. As Frank Allen says, ‘‘A career that has lasted this long is not an exercise in survival.
‘‘It is really about doing what you love and being a part of something you have pride in.’’
The Searchers perform at Shepparton’s Eastbank Centre tonight from 8pm.
To book, phone 58329511.