"Apache" is an instrumental written by English composer Jerry Lordan. The original version was by Bert Weedon; the British rock group the Shadows released it the next month. It topped the UK Singles Chart for five weeks. In 1961, Danish jazz guitarist Jørgen Ingmann's cover of "Apache" went to No. 2 in the US and No. 2 in Canada. A 1973 version by the Incredible Bongo Band has been called "hip-hop’s national anthem". Although this version was not a hit on release, its long percussion break has been sampled countless times on hip hop and dance tracks since the 1980s. In March 2005, Q magazine placed "Apache" by The Shadows at No. 96 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. English songwriter and composer Jerry Lordan came up with the tune; the title "Apache" reflects the source of Lordan's inspiration: the 1954 American western film Apache. The original recording was by British guitarist Bert Weedon in early 1960, it remained unreleased for several months. In mid-1960 the Shadows were on tour with Lordan as a supporting act.
The band discovered "Apache". Lordan figured; the recording was done at the EMI Abbey Road Studio in London. Singer-guitarist Joe Brown had bought an Italian-built guitar echo chamber that he did not like and gave it to Hank Marvin, who developed a distinctive sound using it and the tremolo arm of his Fender Stratocaster. Bruce Welch borrowed an acoustic Gibson J200 guitar from Cliff Richard, the heavy melodic bass was by Jet Harris, percussion was by Tony Meehan and Cliff Richard, who played a Chinese drum at the beginning and end to provide an atmosphere of stereotypically Native American music. Record producer Norrie Paramor preferred the flip side, an instrumental of the army song "The Quartermaster's Stores", now called "The Quatermasster's Stores" after the TV series Quatermass. Paramor changed his mind after his daughter preferred "Apache", it has been cited by a generation of guitarists as inspirational and is considered one of the most influential British rock 45s of the pre-Beatles era.
The Shadows said: What's the most distinctive sound of our group? We wondered what it is ourselves, it is the sound we had when we recorded "Apache" – that kind of Hawaiian sounding lead guitar... plus the beat. The Shadows' "Apache" entered the UK top 40 on 21 July 1960 at no. 35, climbing into the top 20 the following week. A fortnight the song rose twelve places to no. 3 and, on 25 August, deposed "Please Don't Tease" – on which The Shadows backed Cliff Richard – to begin a five-week run at no. 1. On 29 September, "Apache" dropped to no.2, replaced by "Tell Laura I Love Her" by Ricky Valance. The Shadows version proved to be an enduring hit, enjoying a 19-week run in the top 40 which concluded on 24 November, reappearing for one more week on 8 December. During this run, the group's follow-up single "Man of Mystery/The Stranger" peaked at no.5, alongside the no.3 success of "Nine Times Out of Ten". After the Shadows version began its rise up the UK charts, Weedon's original climbed to no.24 in the UK.
However, neither the Shadows nor Weedon had any impact on North America. In late 1960, Jørgen Ingmann produced his own'twangy' multi-tracked cover version, released in the United States in November 1960. In 1961, this cover version, credited to "Jørgen Ingmann and His Guitar", made No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, behind Blue Moon by The Marcels. On other US charts, "Apache" reached No. 9 on the US R&B chart. The track reached no.1 on Canada's CHUM Chart. In 1970, English progressive rock group The Edgar Broughton Band released a single "Apache Drop Out", which combined "Apache" with a version of Captain Beefheart's "Drop Out Boogie"; the unorthodox single reached No. 33 on the UK Singles Chart. A 1973 version by Michael Viner and a funk group called "The Incredible Bongo Band" added a bongo drum introduction and included more percussion; the drum break was played by legendary drummer Jim Gordon. Although this version was not a hit on its initial release, it became sampled in early hip hop music, including by Afrika Bambaataa, who cited its influence.
It has been sampled by hip hop performers such as The Sugarhill Gang, L. L. Cool J, The Roots and Nas, techno performers The Future Sound of London and Moby, drum and bass acts J Majik and Goldie; the 2013 documentary Sample This, directed by Dan Forrer and narrated by Gene Simmons, recounts the story of The Incredible Bongo Band and its recording of "Apache". In 1981, the rap group known as The Sugarhill Gang covered the Incredible Bongo Band's version of the song on its second album 8th Wonder. In 1982, this version peaked at No. 53 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 51 on the US Dance chart, No. 13 on the US R&B chart. In 1995, this version gained additional popularity after being featured in "Viva Lost Wages", a sixth-season episode of the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, as well as in "Whoops, There It Is", a subsequent clip show from the series. Using the distinctive beat and bongo drums as well as Indian war cries, the Sugarhill Gang added rap lyrics with references, including: The Lone Ranger is mentioned extensively as well as his sidekick and his horse.
The lyric "Now what you hear is not a test" recalls the Sugarhill Gang's earlier hit "Rapper's Delight". The instrumental "Popcorn" by Hot Butter is referenced via the lyric " Hot buttered popcorn!" The recording engineer for Sugar Hill Records Steve Jerome was a member and engineer for "Popcorn" by Hot
The Shadows were an English instrumental rock group, were Cliff Richard's backing band from 1958 to 1968 and have collaborated again on numerous reunion tours. The Shadows have placed 69 UK charted singles from the 1950s to the 2000s, 35 credited to the Shadows and 34 to Cliff Richard and the Shadows; the group, who were 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, surf rock and ballads with a jazz influence. The core members from 1958 to 2015 were Bruce Welch. Along with the Fender guitar, another cornerstone of the Shadows sound was the Vox amplifier; 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!". They reunited in the 1970s for further commercial success.
The Shadows are the fourth most successful act in the UK singles chart, behind Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Cliff Richard. The Shadows and Cliff Richard & the Shadows each have had four No. 1 selling EPs. Formed as a backing band for Cliff Richard under the name The Drifters, the original members were founder Ken Pavey, Terry Smart on drums, Norman Mitham on guitar, Ian Samwell on guitar and Harry Webb on guitar and vocals, they had no bass player. Samwell wrote the first hit, "Move It" mistakenly attributed to "Cliff Richard and the Shadows". Norrie Paramor wanted to record using only studio musicians but after persuasion he allowed Smart and Samwell to play as well. Two session players, guitarist Ernie Shear and bassist Frank Clark, played on the "Move It/Schoolboy Crush" single on Paramor's insistence to ensure a strong sound. In his memoirs, Welch regrets that he and Marvin could not be at the start of making history with "Move It"; the Drifters signed for Jack Good's Oh Boy! television series.
Paramor of EMI signed Richard, asked Johnny Foster to recruit a better guitarist. Foster went to Soho's 2i's coffee bar, known for musical talent performing there in skiffle, in search of guitarist Tony Sheridan. Sheridan was not there but Foster's attention was caught by Marvin, who played guitar well and had Buddy Holly-style glasses. In spring the same year, the owner of the United States vocal group The Drifters threatened legal action after the release and immediate withdrawal of "Feelin Fine" in the US; the second single, Jet Black, was released in the States as by The Four Jets to avoid further legal aggravation, but a new band name was urgently needed. The name "The Shadows" was thought up by Harris while he and Marvin were at the Six Bells pub in Ruislip in July 1959. From The Story of the Shadows: With a combination of the American situation, Cliff Richard's runaway success and a bit of nudging from Norrie Paramor, we set about finding a permanent name, which arrived out of the blue one summer's day in July 1959.
When Hank Marvin and Jet Harris took off on their scooters up to the Six Bells pub at Ruislip, Jet hit upon a name straight away.'What about the Shadows?' The lad was a genius! So we became the Shadows for the first time on Cliff's sixth single "Travellin' Light". In 1960, "Apache", an instrumental by Jerry Lordan, topped the UK charts for five weeks. Further hits followed, including the number ones "Kon Tiki" and "Wonderful Land", another Lordan composition with orchestral backing; the Shadows played on further hits as Richard's band. In October 1961, Meehan left to be a producer at Decca records, he was replaced by Brian Bennett. In April 1962, Harris was replaced by Brian "Licorice" Locking. Bennett and Locking were friends from the 2I's, in Marty Wilde's backing group, the Wildcats, who recorded instrumentals as the Krew Kats; this Shadows line-up released seven hit singles, two of which, "Dance On!" and "Foot Tapper", topped the charts. In October 1963, Locking left to spend more time as a Jehovah's Witness.
Meanwhile and Meehan teamed up at Decca as an eponymous duo to record another Lordan instrumental, "Diamonds". It rose to UK no. 1 in January 1963. Two further hits, "Scarlett O'Hara" and "Applejack", followed in the same year. On the Lordan tunes, Harris played lead using a six-stringed Fender Bass VI. During 1963, the ex-Shadows were competing in the charts with their former bandmates; the Shadows had met John Rostill on tour with other bands and had been impressed by his playing, so they invited him to join. This final and longest-lasting line-up was the most innovative as they tried different guitars and developed a wider range of styles and higher musicianship, they produced albums but the chart positions of singles began to ease. The line-up had ten hits, the first and most successful of, "The Rise and Fall of Flingel Bunt". During the 1960s, the group appeared with Richard in the films The Young Ones, Summer Holiday, Wonderful Life, Finders Keepers, they appeared as marionettes in the Gerry Anderson film Thunderbirds Are GO, starred in a short B-film called Rhythm'n Greens which became the basis of a music book and an EP.
They appeared in pantomime: Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp was in 1964 at the London Palladium with Arthur Askey as Widow Twankey, Richard as Aladdin, the Shadows as Wishee, Washee and Poshee. Their film and stage roles allowed
Out of the Shadows (The Shadows album)
Out of the Shadows is a 1962 rock album by British group The Shadows. It was their second album. Hank Marvin – Lead guitar and vocals Bruce Welch – Rhythm guitar and vocals Jet Harris – Bass guitar and vocals Brian "Licorice" Locking – Bass guitar and harmonica Brian Bennett – Drums and percussion Norrie Paramor - Producer and orchestral accompaniment on "Spring Is Nearly Here" Malcolm Addey - Engineer Lead Guitar - Fender Stratocaster, Gretsch Country Gentleman, Gibson J200. Rhythm guitar - Fender Stratocaster, Gretsch 6120, GibsonJ65. Bass Guitar - Fender Precision Bass. Drums - Premier,20 inch Kick 14x8 and 14x14 toms. Delivered by Premier the day Little B was recorded. Amplifier - Vox AC30 x 3. Piano - from EMI Abbey Road studios. Venue - Abbey Road studios EMI studio - Studio 2 Dates: 19 December 1961 to 18 June 1962. Sleeve notes by Norrie Paramor. Vinyl1962: 1st - Light Green, Dark Green Columbia label 1963: 2nd - Blue/Black Green Columbia label 1970: 3rd - Black/Silver EMI labelTape1961: Reel to reel tape.
1973: Cassette and 8 Track cartridge 2fer: The Shadows/Out of the Shadows. EMI Double Executive Series label. CD1991: Normal. 2fer CD: The Shadows/Out of the Shadows. Jewel case. 1997: Remastered. 2fer CD:. Jewel case. Recorded on all analogue equipment in real time with each track recorded on a one track per day basis with no overdubs or edits on a 2 track recording machine within Studio 2. Rather than a stereo mix being mixed down into a mono version both stereo and mono mixes were recorded separately within the same session on the same day. Mistakes made during the recording sessions resulted in immediate retakes thus multiple versions of all tracks exist in EMI's tape vaults. All the tracks were recorded in several sessions over a 6-month period, in 8 session-days, during which other singles. Spring Is Nearly Here The Bandit Cosy Perfidia South of the Border Little B The Bandit Are They All Like You Bo Diddley The Rumble Tales of a Raggy Tramline 1861 Kinda Cool This was the first Shadows album to feature Brian Licorice Locking, who replaced Jet Harris midway through the album's creation.
The album is the first album for Brian Bennett. The British public in 1961-62 anticipated an all instrumental second album but the Shadows and Paramor wanted to produce an album showcasing their numerous diverse talents instead; the album features 6 all new original compositions written by all members of the Shadows in various permutations. By contrast, the second album of rival instrumental rock band The Ventures was an all instrumental one; the album is much slower and smoother than the previous album. The album reached the no. 1 slot in the UK album charts in 1962. No singles were released from it, though 2 EPs were: "Out of the Shadows" and "Out of the Shadows no.2" both in mono and stereo. Only track Little B has been used to promote this album when on tour in 1962 and has been used as first choice Shadows drum solo for live concerts from 1962 to 2004. Books1; that Sound, by R. Pistolesi, M. Addey & M. Mazzini. Publ: Vanni Lisanti. June 2000. No ISBN
Brian Laurence Bennett, is an English drummer, pianist and producer of popular music. He is best known as the drummer of the Shadows, he is father of Shadows band member Warren Bennett. Educated at Hazlewood Lane School, Palmers Green and Winchmore Council School, he finished school at the age of sixteen to play drums in a Ramsgate skiffle group performing for holiday makers. After returning to London he became the in-house drummer at The 2i's Coffee Bar in Soho and was a regular performer on Jack Good's TV show Oh Boy! He became a member of Marty Wilde's Wildcats in 1959. After a successful period with the Wildcats, during which he appeared on their instrumental record without Wilde, "Trambone", he backed Tommy Steele for some of his London stage performances, in October 1961 he joined Cliff Richard and the Shadows as the replacement for Tony Meehan. In 1967, Bennett released a solo album of jazz music, entitled Change of Direction, in mono and stereo; this was the first solo album by a member of the Shadows.
In the 1970s, music by Bennett was selected for several Radley Metzger films, including Barbara Broadcast and The Opening of Misty Beethoven. He stayed with the group throughout all of their subsequent line-ups, in May 2005 took part in the Shadows' European tour. During a show in Reykjavík, Iceland he sustained. A splinter from a drumstick pierced under his fingernail on his right hand, he removed it with a pair of old pliers and applied a plaster. A few days after arriving in Paris, France he was in so much pain he called a doctor; the doctor recommended Bennett go to hospital immediately. Thinking it would be a short visit he attended only to find out that it would involve a minor, but painful, operation to remove the poison, he was due to be playing on stage that evening and had missed the soundcheck. He arrived at the theatre 15 minutes before the show with his right-hand bandaged and still numb from the anaesthetic, he managed to play for the whole show using an altered playing style. In addition to his work with the Shadows he has appeared in Cliff Richard's backing band and plays piano and vibraphone.
He has composed many popular TV theme tunes including BBC sports themes such as Rugby Special and BBC Golf, Channel 9 Australia's cricket theme, the sitcoms Robin's Nest and Birds of a Feather, The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, Square Deal, Close to Home, Murder in Mind and, with his son Warren and played the incidental music in New Tricks. Two of his most famous works were "The Journey" and "Just a Minute" written under the alias James Aldenham and used for the ITV Schools on 4 broadcasts between 1987–1993, he scored the British-German film The Harpist in 1999. He is an orchestral conductor, having learned how to arrange and conduct music for orchestras from a correspondence course, his son Warren Bennett played keyboards for the band Glass Ties, is a composer and producer. He was appointed OBE in the 2004 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to music. Bennett runs Honeyhill studios, in Radlett, Hertfordshire. In November 2009, at the age of 69, Bennett completed a 50th Anniversary reunion world tour with Cliff Richard and the Shadows.
AlbumsBrian Bennett – Change of Direction – LP/CD – Columbia/see4Miles. Brian Bennett – Illustrated London Noise – LP/CD – Columbia/see4Miles – 1969. Collage – Misty – - LP/CD – DJM/see4Miles. Brian Bennett Band – Rock Dreams – LP/CD – DJM/see4Miles – 1977. Brian Bennett Band – Voyage – LP/CD – DJM/see4Miles – 1978. Heat Exchange – One step ahead – LP/CD – EMI/see4Miles. Ruth Rendell Mysteries – LP/CD. Ruth Rendell Mysteries – LP/CD. Ruth Rendell Mysteries – LP/CD. Drumtrax – CD. Nomads of the wind – CD. Global sunrise – CD; the Works –. Greatest Guitar hits – CD. Greatest Guitar hits – CD. Living Britain – CD. Official Bootleg album – CD. SinglesCanvas/Slippery Jim De Grize – 7" – DB 8294 – Columbia. Ridin The Gravy Train/Bubble Drum – 7" – DB 8706 Chase side shoot up/Pegasus – 7" – 6007040 Thunderbolt/Clearing skies – 7" – DJS10714 Saturday night special/Farewell to a friend – 7" – DJS10756 Girls back home/Jonty Jump – 7" – DJS10791 Pendulum force/Ocean Glide – 7" – DJS10843 Top of the world/ Soul Ice – 7" – DJM10981 Shake down/Your gonna love this – 7" – EMI 2988 Shake down/Your Gonna Love this – 12" – 12EMI2988 Themes Records – LP KPM – solo & w/others – LP Bruton – solo & w/others – LP/CD Music House – solo & w/others – CD Reliable Source Music – CD Luxo, Jr. – music: "Chateau Latour", "Finesse", "Quicksilver" Light & Heavy – music: "Chateau Latour" Dennis Waterman – Downwind of Angels – LP – DJF 204830 – DJM – 1976 Dennis Waterman – Dennis Waterman – LP – DJF 20513 – DJM – 1977 Demis Roussos – The Demis Roussos Magic – – BX 523-2 Drake - "Summer Sixteen" – 2016 Official website Brian Bennett on IMDb Brian Bennett discography at Discogs
Moonlight Shadows is the seventeenth album by British instrumental group The Shadows, released in 1986 through Polydor Records. The album reached number 6 in a 16 week run on the UK Album Charts; this album consists of cover songs by The Police, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Rush, The Beatles, Phil Collins, Elaine Paige, Bruce Springsteen, Procol Harum, Mike Oldfield, The Commodores, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Elaine Paige & Barbara Dickson, The Moody Blues, John Lennon & Dire Straits. Several tracks were lifted from released albums; the only single released from the album was "Moonlight Shadow". The album was mixed by Dick Plant at Honeyhill and Nivram Studios, Hertfordshire. Moonlight Shadows was released on LP and CD as the group's third CD release. Hank Marvin—Lead Guitar Bruce Welch—Rhythm Guitar Brian Bennett—Drums, Percussion Cliff Hall—KeyboardsWith Paul Westwood—Bass Guitar Alan Jones—Bass Guitar