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THE Searchers will return to Rooty Hill RSL Club on Sunday, February 2, to take fans through their hits.

The pop group emerged in the 1960s during the Mersey beat music scene, along with The Beatles and Gerry and the Pacemakers.

The band's hits include a remake of the Drifters' 1961 hit Sweets for My Sweet, remakes of Jackie DeShannon's Needles and Pins and When You Walk in the Room and an original, Sugar and Spice.

The Searchers have travelled to Australia more than 20 times. Their shows feature their catchy tunes, anecdotes and comedy.

Guitarist Frank Allen said Australia held a special place in the players' hearts.

"Our first tour was in 1964. I remember the Opera House being built and the tiles sitting out the front and arguments about the cost," he said.

"We returned in 1966 and toured with the Rolling Stones. We came back again for club and hotel tours — and after that we slowed down.

"It wasn't until the '90s we got our act together and designed an evening show that we really started to tour again."

Last year the group celebrated 50 years in music with an anniversary tour.

Their love of music has kept them from retiring.

"We were part of era that was very important to the music industry and people in general. Almost anyone who had successes in the '60s was guaranteed a future.

"On top of that you've got to have your health, an audience to come in and pay for you and you got to have enthusiasm. Luckily for us we love what we do and that's the real reason we still do it."

He attributed their success to simple lyrics and catchy tunes.

"They're very simple rock songs, with very simple words and very simple tunes. If you have songs with easy tunes and easy lyrics, they're songs people will remember."

Tickets: $20.

Details: rootyhillrsl.com.au or 9625 500.

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