Searchers maintain the beat

The Searchers will return to Rooty Hill RSL on Sunday, February 2, to take fans through their hits.

The pop group first emerged in the 1960s during the Mersey beat music scene, along with The Beatles and Gerry and the Pacemakers.

The band's hits include a remake of the Drifters' 1961 hit, Sweets for My Sweet, remakes of Jackie DeShannon's Needles and Pins and When You Walk In The Room and an original, Sugar and Spice.

The Searchers have travelled to Australia more than 20 times to bring their live shows, which include their catchy tunes, anecdotes and comedy.

Guitarist Frank Allen said Australia held a special place in the group's hearts.

"Our first tour was in 1964. I remember the Opera House being built and the tiles sitting out the front and arguments about the total cost," Allen said.

"We came back in 1966 and toured with The Rolling Stones.

"We came back again for club and hotel tours — and after that we slowed down.

"It wasn't until the '90s that we got our act together and designed an evening show that we really started to tour again."

Last year the group celebrated 50 years in the music industry with a special anniversary tour.

Their love for the music industry 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 who had successes in that '60s was guaranteed a future.

"Luckily for us, we love what we do and that's the real reason why we still do it."

Allen attributes success to simple lyrics and catchy tunes.

" They are 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 people will remember."

Tickets: $20.

Details: 9625 500 or rootyhillrsl.com.au.

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