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Fact #20663


Short story:

The Undertakers play at The Iron Door Club, Liverpool, UK, then go on to The Orrell Park Ballroom for a show supported by The Searchers.

Full article:

Chris Huston (guitarist, the Undertakers) : They also had lunch time sessions to compete with The Cavern. They actually got a good crowd, but that observation could be tempered by remembering that The Cavern had a very limited occupancy! Then again, by 1962, music was a way of life in Liverpool and lunch time sessions at either place drew a full house. I'm searching for words to describe the difference between the two places - The Cavern and The Iron Door. It all came down to the magic that The Cavern seemed to have. As if it was guaranteed that something special was going on. Whereas, at The Iron Door, it was more up to the customer to get things happening. It just didn't have that 'built-in' excitement that The Cavern had.

John McNally (The Searchers] : The Iron Door was our regular venue in Liverpool. It was run by Les Ackerly and he became our first manager. He didn`t do the job particularly well but none of us knew too much in those days. He had a tape recorder and he recorded eight or nine songs including Sweets For My Sweet. I don`t know why he chose to send the tape to Tony Hatch but Hatchy liked it and we went down to London to make some real recordings at the PYE studios just around the corner from Marble Arch. I can`t remember much about that first session or exactly which songs we recorded but they included Maggie May, I`ll Be Missing You, Sweet Little Sixteen and of course Sweets For My Sweet.

Tony Hatch : At the outset of the Liverpool invasion everybody was rushing up to Liverpool to see what was there. The Beatles were one thing but when Gerry And The Pacemakers and Billy J. Kramer came along every record producer had to find his own Liverpool band. And so one Friday afternoon I drove up to Liverpool. I was with my singing group The Breakaways who did all the backing for Petula Clark and loads of records I made in the fifties and sixties and they took me to a club in Bootle. And there were The Searchers playing Sweets For My Sweet. And I said this has got be a number one single, would you sign-up with us? And the deal was done pretty quickly, we got them down to London and recorded them. But when I listen to them now, it's very uncomplicated. It's got lots of rhythm guitar and nice riffs and a very simple rhythm and their voices are great. It is folk-rock much more than heavy rock.
(Source : http://www.retrosellers.com/features152.htm)