Liverpool was already emerging as a beat music mecca with the “Mersey sound” in 1962 when this promo photo of the Searchers was taken for Photo-Cast [1963/64] Tony Jackson was lead singer when The Searchers became a quartet in ’62 (after Johnny Sandon left to join the Remo Four). They became recording artists and released their first album, “Meet the Searchers” in August 1963 Tony Jackson: lead vocals, bass
John McNally: rhythm guitar, vocals Mike Pender: lead guitar, lead vocals Chris Curtis: drums, lead vocals. When they played the Ballerina Ballroom [April/’68] the line up was John McNally — Mike Pender — Frank Allen — John Blunt (drs/voc)
The band was a big hit with young beat music fans in the north of Scotland when they first came up on tour in March 1964 and finished at the Capitol Theatre on a tour from England to Scotland with Dusty Springfield. They returned the following year and delighted the Elgin fans when the performed at the Two Red Shoes Ballroom.