Midweek Music Moment: Needles and Pins

‘The Searchers’ were an English group that emerged during the 1960s Merseybeat scene along with The Beatles, The Fourmost, The Merseybeats, The Swinging Blue Jeans, and Gerry & The Pacemakers.

They also happen to be one of my mum’s favourite groups and I came to love their distinctive sound over the years.

This week’s Midweek Music Moment is their cover of Sonny Bono’s song: ‘Needles and Pins’



Originally performed in 1963 by Jackie DeShannon, the song has been recorded by numerous artists, including Cher, Willie DeVille, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Smokie, Petula Clark (French version), the Turtles and the Ramones.

Although the Ramones version is better known, my second favourite cover is this 1985 version by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Stevie Nicks. I prefer the lusher sound and their voices blend beautifully together to bring out the melody.




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