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History and Discography
Throughout the History of popular music and in particular the ‘Swinging Sixties’ the charts have been dominated by Groups. These inevitably produced a front man, usually with a distinctive vocal style that became that Group’s signature. The Searchers were one such Sixties Group. Sweeping to fame in 1963 with their first recording ‘Sweets for my Sweet’ which was the first of three No.1 hits, followed by no less than four more chart hits. Voted second only to the Beatles in 1964, The Searchers became a household name on both sides of the Atlantic.
After the first two hits, one man emerged as the creator of The Searchers sound that was to become a legend. The man responsible for those highly distinctive vocals and that ‘Jangly’ 12-string guitar is Mike Pender. Today the sounds of the sixties are as popular as ever. Mike Pender’s Searchers still travel the UK and many continents singing, playing and creating that distinctive sound which has become a legend in popular music.
Two big hits of the sixties still heard regularly on the airwaves today, sung by Mike Pender with his trade mark 12-string guitar, are ‘Needles and Pins’ and ‘When You Walk in the Room’. Both of these songs are still particularly requested by audiences to this day.