TALKING OF ROSEMARY, SWEETS FOR THE SWEET.
Long before Roger McGuinn and the Byrds disembowelled Mr Tambourine Man, a British band was crafting perfect pop songs characterised by the jangly Rickenbacker 12-string, swooping falsetto and exquisite close harmony singing. The Searchers didn’t write their own stuff but chose excellent material to cover – Jackie de Shannon, Jagger-Richards, even an early apocalyptic protest song by Malvina Reynolds as well as rock and R’n’B staples. The Searchers enjoyed a few years of global popularity, failing eventually to progress from Pop into the druggy doggerel and bombast of Rock. Surviving members tour yet in various combinations, although Mike Pinder’s is probably the true, Needles and Pins-a, voice of the Searchers. Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket, never let it fade away.
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