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The Shadows in 2020, Reunite to Play ‘Apache’

The Shadows in 2020, Reunite to Play ‘Apache’

The Core members of The Shadows from 1958 to 2015 were Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch. Along with the Fender guitar, another cornerstone of the Shadows sound was the Vox amplifier. In the video below members Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch, Brian Bennett & Sir Cliff Richard perform ‘Apache’ & tell the story of The Shadows’ first UK #1. From the BBC4 documentary ‘The Shadows at 60’.  Furthermore, they were one of the bands that really got a whole generation wanting to play electric guitar.

Their Success

While they became the fourth most successful act in the UK singles chart, behind Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and Cliff Richard. They were virtually unknown in the US. Mostly because they were an English instrumental rock group, and their music was never released in the US at the time. Consequently, they were also Cliff Richard’s backing band from 1958 to 1968 and on numerous reunion tours.

They have 69 UK charted singles from the 1950s to the 2000s. At the same time, 35 credited to the Shadows and 34 to Cliff Richard. The group, in the forefront of the UK beat-group boom, were the first backing band to emerge as stars. As pioneers, of the four-member instrumental format, the band consisted of lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass guitar and drums. Their range covers pop, rock, surf rock and ballads with a jazz influence. Below is the original version from 1964.

The Shadows, with Cliff Richard, dominated British popular music in the late 1950s and early 1960s in the years before the Beatles. The Shadows’ number one hits included “Apache”, “Kon-Tiki”, “Wonderful Land”, “Foot Tapper” and “Dance On!”

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