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British instrumental kings evolved from the Five Chesternuts to become Cliff Richards backing group, The Drifters. By late 1958 the line up had settled and they were to change their name to the Shadows to avoid any confusion with the American Drifters. The line up was Hank B. Marvin, Bruce Welch, Jet Harris and Tony Meehan. Not long after backing Cliff Richard on his first single, they were signed as a group by EMI Columbias A&R manager Norrie Paramor. After two singles under their old name the Drifters came the vocal Saturday Dance, which didnt make any impression with the buying public. It was in 1960 that things took a huge step forward when they met up with singer / songwriter Jerry Lorden who gave them the finest instrumental of the era Apache and became a UK number 1, topping the charts for six weeks as well as being voted single of the year by much of the music press. Establishing the Shadows in their own right especially as they had knocked Cliffs Please Dont Tease off the top spot. They went on to be a huge influence on a new generation of groups that were to follow. The instrumental hits continued with number 1s Kon-Tiki, Wonderful Land, Dance On and Foot Tapper as well as other top ten hits The Frightened City, FBI, Guitar Tango and The Savage. Despite all the chart success both Tony Meehan and Jet Harris would leave the group to be replaced by drummer Brian Bennett and bassist Brian Locking. The Shadows continued to chart in 1963 and 1964 although the Mersey Beat boom had taken hold.
Part Code:  EXTPCD617
Artist:  SHADOWS
Format:  CD

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