Frank Allen (bassist)

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Frank Allen
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Allen performing with The Searchers in 2015
Background information
Birth nameFrancis Renaud McNeice
Born (1943-12-14) 14 December 1943 (age 78)
Hayes, Middlesex, England
Years active1960s–present

Frank Allen (born Francis Renaud McNeice; 14 December 1943, in Hayes, Middlesex, England) is an English bass guitarist who was a long-time member of The Searchers.

Career[edit]

Frank Allen played bass guitar with Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers and The Searchers (since 1964 when he replaced original bass guitarist Tony Jackson), and remained with them until they played their final gig in 2019. Allen joined Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers as rhythm guitarist in 1961, and changed over to bass guitar in early 1962, following the departure of Ben Jordan.[1]

When Tony Jackson left the Searchers in August 1964 after a string of hits (including "Sweets for My Sweet", "Sugar and Spice" and "Needles and Pins"), Allen was asked to join the group. They then recorded "When You Walk in the Room", with Mike Pender and Frank Allen singing a dual lead line.[2]

Allen wrote a book of touring recollections called Travelling Man in 1999.[3] His definitive and detailed biography of the Searchers entitled The Searchers And Me - A History of the Legendary Sixties Hitmakers was published in April 2009.[4]

The Searchers retired the band in March 2019.[5]

Further reading[edit]

  • Frank Allen: The Searchers and Me - A history of the Legendary Sixties Hitmakers ISBN 1-899750-41-X[6]
  • Frank Allen: Travelling Man - On the Road with The Searchers ISBN 1-899750-290[7]
  • The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock and Roll – Third Edition ISBN 0-743201-20-5
  • The 1000 UK Number One Hits ISBN 1-844492-83-4
    Allen (Back Centre) with John McNally, Mike Pender and Chris Curtis in 1964.

Discography[edit]

Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers (Singles)[edit]

  • July 1961: "You've Got What I Like" / "I'm in Love With You"
  • October 1961: "That's What I Said" / "When I Get Paid"
  • March 1962: "Poor Joe" / "Hurtin' Inside"
  • July 1963: "Everybody Loves A Lover" / "My Old Stand By"
  • November 1963: "You Really Got A Hold on Me" / "Alright"
  • March 1964: "Got My Mojo Working" / "Beautiful Dreamer" [8]

Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers (EPs)[edit]

  • 1964 'She said Yeah'/ 'Doctor Feelgood' / 'You Make Me Happy' / 'Stupidity' [9]

The Searchers (Albums)[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Searchers - interview with bassist Frank Allen". www.craigmorrison.com. Archived from the original on 8 March 2020. Retrieved 30 December 2021.
  2. ^ "INTERVIEW: Frank Allen | Welcome to UK Music Reviews". Archived from the original on 15 April 2021. Retrieved 30 December 2021.
  3. ^ "Travelling Man". www.goodreads.com.
  4. ^ "THE SEARCHERS AND ME - Record Collector Magazine". recordcollectormag.com. Archived from the original on 23 June 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2021.
  5. ^ Campbell, Craig. "It's end of an era for legendary band The Searchers as they play their final gigs". Archived from the original on 28 February 2019. Retrieved 30 December 2021.
  6. ^ "The Searchers And Me". The Searchers And Me. Archived from the original on 12 February 2019. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Travelling Man". Aureus.co.uk. Archived from the original on 19 March 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers", Wikipedia, 20 October 2021, archived from the original on 30 December 2021, retrieved 26 November 2021
  9. ^ "Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers", Wikipedia, 20 October 2021, archived from the original on 30 December 2021, retrieved 26 November 2021
  10. ^ "The Searchers (band)", Wikipedia, 17 November 2021, retrieved 26 November 2021

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