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Show proved oh so sweet

PUBLISHED: 21:15 15 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:50 03 March 2010

The Beat Goes On, Ipswich Regent, last night.

 

JOHN McNally, along with three other young kids in 1962, formed a band which they called The Searchers in their home town of Liverpool and set off on the road in search of fame and fortune.

The Beat Goes On, Ipswich Regent, last night.

 

JOHN McNally, along with three other young kids in 1962, formed a band which they called The Searchers in their home town of Liverpool and set off on the road in search of fame and fortune.

They did not have to wait long.

But surely not in their wildest dreams could they have imagined that within 12 months they would be at No 1 in UK charts with a song called 'Sweets For My Sweet' and now almost 40 years on he is still involved with the band and thrilling the fans.

Their first hit was soon followed my many more and between 1963 and 1965 they had 11 hit records on both sides of the Atlantic.

Although John is the only original member of the quartet the last change of personnel was some 16 years ago.

The current line-up, just like the original members, obviously take great delight and pride in their performances and it certainly shone through like a beacon during last night's show.

They had their ageless fans on their feet, as they took them through a history tour of their countless hits and it appeared that almost everybody seemed to know the words to just about all the songs, surely a real tribute to a superb band.

I am sure they could still be on the relentless musical circuit in another eight or ten years time. After last night's performance they certainly deserve to be so.

In support was Billie Davies and the unforgettable P J Proby.

P J, still sporting an incredible head of hair and now 63 years of age, is on his first tour of the UK for some 37 years. And oh boy, how he and his fans appear to be enjoying it.

Having been banned from all the UKs ABC theatres in 1965 for his famous "trouser splitting' he showed that he still has an amazingly powerful voice, although he is just as eccentric as ever.

Unfortunately, Billy J Kramer, who fulfilled a lifetime ambition to move to the USA in 1993 and was billed to appear, has not found it possible to fly over from his Long Island home in New York because of the recent events.

This was the only disappointment of a great night's entertainment.

BBW

 

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