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Special Guest: Mike Pender MBE of 60s The Searchers

Robbie’s guest this week ais none other than the legendary founder, lead guitarist and lead singer of THE SEARCHERS – Mike Pender MBE.

Formed in Liverpool in 1959 THE SEARCHERS, along with THE BEATLES and other Liverpool bands, created the Merseybeat sound that led to the British Invasion domination of the world in the mid-1960s. The Searchers had numerous hits, topping the charts globally with songs such as Needles And Pins, When You Walk In The Room, Sweets For My Sweet, and many others. Mike Pender was awarded an MBE earlier this year in recognition of 60 years of service to music, with Prince Charles recalling some of The Searchers’ big hits during the award ceremony. Tune in to hear Mike recall the formation of the band, their rise to the top, and many other anecdotes from the 60s.

Robbie continues his chat with Mike Pender MBE the next week in part two of his interview. Mike recalls his early musical influences, how he came up with THE SEARCHERS as a name for the band, and his thoughts on Jackie DeShannon, THE BYRDS.

The Searchers attempted a comeback in the late 70s- Mike speaks of why he left the band in 1985, the formation of the ‘supergroup” THE CORPORATION – nicknamed THE TRAVELLING WRINKLIES and his canceled Australian Tour. Tune in for stacks of great songs from The Searchers and their 1960s contemporaries.

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