After the Beatles and Big Three the Searchers were probably the best band to have come out of the Mersey scene. They were different.
They started off with the standard R&B covers – Farmer John, Tricky Dicky, Love Potion No. 9, Sweets for my Sweet, Do Do Ron Ron, Money and Twist and Shout – all delivered at speed with a distinctive high pitched vocal. But they also covered Folk songs with songs like Where Have All The Flowers Gone and What Have They Done To the Rain.
Those Folk covers were really important because their developed that electric jangly guitar sound that was later developed by the Byrds. You could say that they were the band that created Folk Rock.
Their quality created a longer chart life than the other Mersey Bands. While Billy J, Gerry and Freddy were blasted out by the harder sound of the Stones, Kinks, Downliners Sect, Pretty Things, Them, Yardbirds, Who and Animals, the Searchers persisted and further developed their sound.
Back in 1964, when I was fifteen, I thought they were quite cool. Like all those early 60s Beat Groups (apart from a few) they were blown away by the later sixties psychedelic Underground explosion.
If only they had developed the ability to write their own material they might have been as big as the Who.
This was the first time I had seen them (or at least two of the originals) and I enjoyed it. The only fault I can find is that they are frozen in time.