Liverpool’s legendary group The Searchers will celebrate 50 years in the music industry with a performance at Rooty Hill RSL tonight.
The pop group emerged in the 1960s during the Merseybeat scene along with Beatles and Gerry and the Pacemakers.
The band’s hits include a remake of the Drifters 1961 hit, Sweets for My Sweet; remake of Jackie DeShannon’s Needles and Pins and When You Walk In The Room; an original song Sugar and Spice.
The Searchers bass guitarist Frank Allen said it was their love for the music industry which has kept them from retiring.
‘‘We were part of era that was very important to the music industry and the people in general, ’’Allen said.
‘‘Anyone that had success in that 60s period was guaranteed a future. ‘‘No doubt about it, The Beatles created the biggest explosion in music history and on top of that you got to have your health, an audience to come in and pay for you and you got to have enthusiasm.
‘‘Lucky for us, we love what we do and that’s the real reason why we still do it.’’
Allen attributes the bands success in the charts to their simple lyrics and catchy tunes.
‘‘It’s very simple rock songs, with very simple words and very simple tunes,’’ he said
‘‘If you have songs with easy tunes and easy lyrics, they are songs that can be sung time and time again by everyone.
‘‘People remember these songs and sing it in pubs.
‘‘I can’t see people in 30 years time rapping in pubs.’’