The Searchers and The Merseybeats bring their Sixties Golden Farewell Tour to Doncaster
Contrary to that old hippie chestnut 'If you can rememberÂ the 1960s, you weren't really there,' a lot of us actually were and rememberÂ that dreamlikeÂ decade with great affection.
So here's your chance to re-liveÂ the magical, musical 1960s with six of the very best and most durable chartÂ acts, with 50 UKÂ Top 30 hits between them.Â With world record sales exceeding 50 million,Â The SearchersÂ distinctive sound andÂ exquisite harmonies ensured songs like 'Sweets for MyÂ Sweet', 'Sugar &Â Spice' and 'Needles & Pins' would all hit the number one slot on theÂ charts. They've maintained their huge popularity down theÂ decades with a fanÂ base of all ages throughout the world. Managed originally by Beatles supremo Brian Epstein,Â The MerseybeatsÂ were another of thoseÂ huge international successes which assuredÂ Liverpool's pole position on theÂ global music map. Their triumphant chart hits, includingÂ Â 'Don't Turn Round', 'Wishin' &Â Hopin', 'Sorrow' and 'IÂ Think Of You' immediately take you to an exciting era whenÂ every new release was eagerly anticipated. P.Â J. Proby'sÂ powerful, rich voice was unique in the 60s musicÂ scene.Â Â On November 6thÂ Â 2018, this charismatic and versatileÂ balladeer,Â remembered for splitting his trousers on stage, celebrates his 80thÂ birthday. He's calling this his '˜farewell' tour, but his terrific mega-hitsÂ '˜HoldÂ Me', '˜Together', '˜Somewhere' and '˜Maria' will live on for many decades toÂ come. When it comes to vocal harmony,Â The Fortunes,Â much admired by their 60s peers, still lead theÂ field. Their chart successes still feature regularlyÂ on most radio stationsÂ around the world. The moment you hear songs such as '˜You've Got Your Troubles',Â '˜Here It Comes Again' and '˜FreedomÂ Come Freedom Go', you're experiencingÂ quality music. Ever wondered who sang '˜The Real Thing' for the Coca ColaÂ advert? Yes, it was TheÂ Fortunes. February 1968 saw the release of one of the UK's most engagingÂ number ones whenÂ Love Affair'sÂ Everlasting LoveÂ Â surged to the top of theÂ charts. TheirÂ vocalist,Â Steve Ellis,Â isÂ universally accepted as having one of rock and soul's finest voices. ThatÂ distinctive style powered more hits,Â such as '˜Rainbow Valley', '˜A Day WithoutÂ Love' and '˜One Road'. Today, as powerful as ever, he's released a new albumÂ showcasing his musicalÂ range, '˜Boom Bang Twang',Â produced by the Modfather himself, Paul Weller. Another gem in this jewel-box of a show isÂ Vanity Fare, who sprang to UK, US and EuropeanÂ fame in 1968 with a trio of superb releases, '˜I LiveÂ for the Sun', '˜Early inÂ the morning' and '˜Hitchin' a Ride.' The latter two hits stayed in the chartsÂ for 23 weeks and projected them to Gold DiscÂ status and massive popularity onÂ both sides of the pond, and as with all of tonight's acts, they remain radioÂ airplay favourites. These vibrant artists and their music enjoyed the same levelÂ of adulation afforded to the likes of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. So, evenÂ if you missedÂ the 1960s, this unmissable show will easily demonstrate whyÂ Britain's pop acts became a solid gold global phenomenon.
The tour comes to Doncaster Dome on Friday, November 23. Doors open at 7pm. VisitÂ https://www.dclt.co.uk/whats-on/Â for more information.