The Sassenachs

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By Nick Warburton

This south London group was formed in early 1962 by rhythm guitarist Denny Shiret and bass player Chris Maskell as Danny & The Tornadoes.

However, when the more famous Tornados reached number one with “Telstar” later that year, the band changed name to Danny & The Torinos after a gig at Chislehurst Caves. Not long after lead guitarist Eddie Eager joined the band.

The Sassenachs, left to right: Eddie Eager, Norman McGarry, Danny Shiret and Chris Maskell

The Sassenachs 1964, left to right: Eddie Eager, Norman McGarry, Denny Shiret and Chris Maskell

During 1963, Liverpudlian drummer/lead singer Norman McGarry, who had been an original member of The Searchers and had also previously worked with Rory Storm & The Hurricanes, came on board. The new line up took on a new moniker after signing a record deal with Fontana Records.

The Sassenachs recorded a handful of tracks written by the Eager/Maskell song-writing partnership, but only two tracks surfaced on the band’s lone single in November 1964 – “That Don’t Worry Me” c/w “All Over You”. Find out more here:

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