One of the premier beat groups from the mid-60s Merseybeat explosion, the Liverpool-based Searchers were formed in 1959 by John McNally (30 August 1941, Liverpool, England; rhythm guitar/vocals) and Mike Pender (b. Michael John Prendergast, 3 March 1942, Liverpool, England; lead guitar/vocals). Taking their new name from the 1956 John Ford western, The Searchers, the band backed Liverpool singer Johnny Sandon between 1960 and the start of 1962. A number of musicians passed through the Searchers in the first few months, before McNally and Pender found a steady rhythm section in Tony Jackson (b. Anthony Paul Jackson, 16 July 1940, Liverpool, England, d. 18 August 2003, England; bass/vocals), and Norman McGarry (b. England; drums). Chris Curtis (b. Christopher Crummey, 26 August 1941, Oldham, Lancashire, England, d. 28 February 2005, Aintree, Liverpool, England; drums/vocals) then replaced McGarry in 1962 when the former left to replace Ringo Starr in Rory Storm And...
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