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FOUNDED IN 1957 BY JOHN MCNALLY (GUITAR/VOCALS), THE SEARCHERS WERE ORIGINALLY ONE OF THOUSANDS OF SKIFFLE GROUPS FORMED IN THE WAKE OF LONNIE DONEGAN'S SUCCESS WITH "ROCK ISLAND LINE." THE SEARCHERS' IMMEDIATE COMPETITORS INCLUDED BANDS SUCH AS THE WRECKERS AND THE CONFEDERATES, BOTH LED BY MICHAEL PENDER (GUITAR, VOCALS), AND THE MARTINIS, LED BY TONY JACKSON (GUITAR/VOCALS). BY 1959, MCNALLY AND PENDER WERE WORKING TOGETHER AS A DUET; LATER IN THE YEAR......
Originally founded as a skiffle group in Liverpool in 1959 by John McNally and Mike Pender (Michael John Prendergast), the band took their name from the classic 1956 John Wayne western The Searchers. Prendergast claims that the name was his idea, but McNally ascribes it to ‘Big Ron’ Woodbridge, their first lead singer. The arguments still rage.