John McNally (musician)

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John McNally
McNally performing in 2015
McNally performing in 2015
Background information
Born (1941-08-30) 30 August 1941 (age 79)
Walton, Liverpool, England
Years active1957–present
Associated actsThe Searchers

John McNally (born 30 August 1941 in Walton, Liverpool, England) is an English guitarist and vocalist.[1] He was one of the original founders of the Searchers in 1957, and remained with the band over 60 years until its last concert on 31 March 2019.[2]

McNally started off playing skiffle and said that he was first influenced by country singers like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Hank Snow but after playing at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany, and specifically, playing with Fats Domino at the club, his music took a different course towards Soul and Rhythm & Blues.

McNally, with his band, The Searchers, like The Beatles, were instrumental with developing the Mersey sound.


  1. ^ Somerville, Christopher (22 May 2008). "Walk of the month: Liverpool and Birkenhead". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 16 November 2009.
  2. ^ Campbell, Craig. "It's end of an era for legendary band The Searchers as they play their final gigs".

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