The Shadows

 The Shadows

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiRiYLhpHxE The Shadows – The Rise And Fall Of Flingel Bunt

“The Shadows are a British instrumental rock group, and backing band for Cliff Richard, with a total of 69 UK hit-charted singles: 35 of which are credited as the Shadows and 34 as Cliff Richard and the Shadows, from the 1950s to the 2000s. The group, who were in the forefront of the UK’s beat-group boom,[1] were the first backing band to emerge as stars in their own right. As pioneers of the four-member instrumental format, the band consisted of lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass guitar and drums. Their wide stylistic range covers pop, rock, surf rock, and ballads with a jazz influence…
In 1960, the band released “Apache,” an instrumental by Jerry Lordan, which topped the charts for five weeks. Further hits followed, notably “Wonderful Land”, another Lordan composition with orchestral backing, at the top of the charts longer than “Apache” (8 weeks). This, and “Kon Tiki” six months earlier, reached number one. The Shadows played on more chart-toppers as Richard’s band. This group, referred to subsequently as “the Original Shadows,” had seven hits.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shadows

The Shadows were no longer thought of as Cliff Richard’s back-up when they had a hit with Apache. They appeared on Oh Boy! [backing Cliff Richard] 20 times on the British television show which aired between 1958-59. This was the vehicle that launched Cliff Richard’s career and he attributed his look to it’s producer, Jack Good. The band [with Jet Harris, Tony Meehan, and Cliff Richard] were among the great musical groups who performed at Elgin’s Two Red Shoes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oh_Boy!_(TV_series) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWnmn-Nymyc

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My research began in 2007 as a visitor to the north of Scotland. Growing up a few miles from San Francisco, I would frequent the active music scene on weekends besides being a fan of British BEAT music and never missing Shindig! on television. When first visiting the small community of Elgin in 2007, I was surprise to learn how the Beatles and many other vocalist and musicians came to perform during the early days of their careers. In the early 1950s, Albert Bonici began promoting dances though it had been an ambition since his teenage years. When he and Henry Robertson co-organized a string of jazz dances in the north Scotland, they could not have predicted the enormous success of the venture. Albert Bonici became one of the most respected promoters in the UK having arranged a high volumn of music venues throughout the north of Scotland which delighted music lovers during the height of the jazz and beat music era. Whilst known for booking the Beatles at the beginning of their 1963 tours, Albert Bonici brought most of the top British acts to north-east Scotland besides working with Scottish musicians to boost their careers. SCOTBEAT was created to share a bit of history about the BEAT years in Scotland and also a tribute to a man with a vision who, with the help of his family and staff, created a happening that is still fondly remembered by those who attended dances and concerts. Albert A Bonici hosted many up and coming bands who went on to gain international acclaim for their contributions. Besides other local resources and interviews, SCOTBEAT presents exclusive photos, adverts, and documents from the A Bonici Archives [circa 1960s]. Unless otherwise agreed, materials are not to be used for financial gain and ask that you respect the terms below. Materials presented are not to be used for financial gain without consent. © 2014-2019 SCOTBEAT.wordpress.com. All rights reserved. No part of this web site may be copied, redistributed, broadcast or published in any form without crediting this blog and/or copyright websites mentioned. All correspondence, flyers, programs, and photos from the Bonici Archives are not to appear in print other than through the propietor of SCOTBEAT. Use of the site signifies your agreement to all of these terms without condition. Please reference https://scotbeat.wordpress.com when sharing materials found here as the site is continuously updated to present the subject matter accurately and as a historical resource. Thank you.

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One comment on “The Shadows
  1. scotbeat says:

    Here’s a Jet Harris compilation when he was with the Shadows. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDC-x0xa0x4

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