Needles and Pins – The Searchers

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………….on February 8th of 1964 The Searchers top the UK singles chart for the second straight week with their cover version of “Needles and Pins”. Jack Nitzsche and Sonny Bono wrote this song. Nitzsche was a producer who worked on a lot of movies. Bono married Cher, but before he was known as her husband, he was a record producer who made a name for himself working with Larry Williams on songs like “Bony Maronie” and “Dizzy Miss Lizzie.” Jackie DeShannon recorded the original in 1963 on Liberty Records, but her version stalled at #84 on the Hot 100. The Searchers heard British performer Cliff Bennett sing this at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany (where The Beatles played for a while), and wanted it to be their next single. Two 6-string guitars are playing in unison on the intro – it sounds like a 12-string guitar because an engineer accidentally left the echo switch on but liked the result. The song went on to reach #13 in the US.