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The Shadows originally known as the Drifters were an English instrumental rock group. They were Cliff Richard 's backing band from to and on numerous reunion tours. The Shadows have placed 69 UK charted singles from the s to the s, 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 poprocksurf rock and ballads with a jazz influence. The core members from to were Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch.
Along with the Fender guitar, another cornerstone of the Shadows sound was the Vox amplifier. The Shadows, with Cliff Richarddominated British popular music in the late s and early s in the years before the Beatles. They disbanded inbut reunited in the s for further commercial success. They had no bass player. Samwell wrote the first hit, " Move It ", often mistakenly attributed to "Cliff Richard and the Shadows". Initially, Norrie Paramor wanted Be The - Kid Acne & Slick Dixxx - South Yorks Vol.
2 record using only studio musicians but after persuasion he allowed Smart and Samwell to play as well. Foster went to Soho 's 2i's coffee barknown for musical talent performing there, particularly in skifflein 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 Blackwas released in the States as by The Four Jets to avoid further legal aggravation, but a new band name was urgently needed.
From The Story of the Shadows :. With a combination of the American situation, Cliff Richard's runaway success "Living Doll" had by now sold over a million copies in Britain alone 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 maybe the 19th.
So we became the Shadows for the first time on Cliff's sixth single " Travellin' Light ". 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 OctoberMeehan left to be a producer at Decca records. He was replaced by Brian Bennett. Bennett and Locking were friends from the 2I's who had been 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! In OctoberLocking left to spend more time as a Jehovah's Witness. Meanwhile, Harris and Meehan teamed up at Decca as an eponymous duo to record another Lordan instrumental, " Diamonds ". It rose to UK no. Duringthe 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 Soul Kitchen - The Doors - Infinite (Vinyl, Album, Album, Album, Album, Album, Album) to ease. The line-up had ten hits, the first and most successful of which was " The Rise and Fall of Flingel Bunt ". Their film and stage roles allowed the group to develop as songwriters.
They wrote only a few songs for the earliest film, 's The Young Onesbut by Finders Keepers in almost the entire soundtrack was credited to 1861 - The Shadows - Surfing With The Shadows . In OctoberMarvin and Welch decided to disband the group following a concert at the London Palladium. In the event, only Welch left, but the Shadows had disbanded by the end of the year. The group taped all six performances in the TV studio before the series itself began, with the video cut into the weekly show.
For the presentation of the songs on week seven and the announcement of the result on week eight, the pre-recorded performances were run again. Having long stepped out of Richard's shadow, this was a rare excursion into vocals for a band known for instrumentals although they had cut vocal tracks on most albums, plus some singles 'B' sides, and had four charting vocal singles in the '60s. Welch sang lead and let the world know when, forgetting a couple of words, he turned to colleagues and said "I knew it" in range of his microphone.
The first half of the album was from Marvin's solo career and the second was by the Shadows. Francis left after that tour and the line-up settled as Marvin, Welch and Bennett, supplemented on records and gigs by Cliff Hall keyboards and Alan Jones bass.
It was this line-up that reunited with Cliff Richard for two concerts at the London Palladium in March Highlights of the concert, including four solo Shadows tracks, were released the following year on the top ten charting album Thank You Very Much. On the back of this The Shadows recorded an instrumental version of " Don't cry for me Argentina " from the west end production " Evita ", 1861 - The Shadows - Surfing With The Shadows as a single at the tail end of The record eventually reached number 5 in the singles chart thereby giving the group their first top ten single since the s.
Intheir version of " Cavatina " also became a top ten hit, and they recorded ten more tracks with bassist Jones and keyboardists Dave Lawson and Alan Hawkshaw for the album String of Hits on EMI which topped the British album charts.
These tracks came from albums released earlier in the group's career of cover versions of hit singles; this was eventually released as Another String of Hot Hits in After 20 successful years together the Shadows and EMI parted company and the group signed a year contract to Polydor Records. The first album released under Polydor was the aptly titled " Change of Address " in September With the influential arrival of keyboardist Cliff Hall, the musical style shifted from the traditional sound, becoming more electronic-based with prominent keyboards and synthesizers burying Welch's contributions.
For the group's 25th anniversary inthe Shadows released a double album on the Tellydisc label entitled "Shadows silver Album" which contained previously released recent material along with new recently recorded tracks. Inthe Shadows had a top ten hit on the LP chart with ' Moonlight Shadows ' a cover album in the same vein as early Polydor releases with singles " Moonlight Shadow " and Bruce Springsteen 's, " Dancing in the Dark " both failing to make a dent in the singles chart.
Due to Alan Jones involvement with the Dave Clark 's musical Timethe bassist was not available to contribute to the 1861 - The Shadows - Surfing With The Shadows and Paul Westwood temporarily sat in.
This top ten album consisted entirely 1861 - The Shadows - Surfing With The Shadows cover songs. The album spent 16 Festival Preparations - Renaissance - Scheherazade And Other Stories on chart peaking at number 6.
1861 - The Shadows - Surfing With The Shadows June the Shadows once more reunited with Cliff to celebrate 30 years in show business where the singer filled London's Wembley Stadium for two nights with a spectacular titled "The Event" in front of a combined audience ofpeople. As a special surprise for the fans Cliff invited onto the stage original and founding members of the group Jet Harris and Tony Meehan to perform " Move It " with him and his band.
Brian Bennett resigned from the group just before the group were to embark on what would be their final tour for 14 years with Marvin, Welch and Bennett going their separate ways on 1 December following the final concert in Southampton. The last studio album the Shadows recorded before they split, Reflectionwas released in September.
The group re-formed in for a farewell tour, and recorded "Life Story" written by Lordan to accompany a hits package of the same name which featured s re-recordings of all their s and s hits. This opportunity to see Marvin, Welch and Bennett, joined on keyboards by Cliff Hall and on bass by Mark Griffithswas successful enough that they extended 1861 - The Shadows - Surfing With The Shadows tour to continental Europe in The line-up was almost the same, except that Warren Bennettson of Brian, came in on keyboards instead of Hall.
Marvin, Welch and Bennett appeared together as special guests at Marty Wilde's 50th anniversary concert at the London Palladium on 27 Mayperforming "Move It" with Wilde on vocals.
On 11 DecemberRichard and the Shadows performed at the Royal Variety Performanceat the same time announcing their forthcoming 50th anniversary tour. Velat Maksetaan Verellä - Herska - Herskas Not A One Hit Wonder new album, Reunitedfeaturing mostly rerecorded U Sure Do - Various - Never Forget The Very Best Of The 90s of their own hits, reached number four in the UK Albums Chart in The Shadows are difficult to categorise because of their stylistic range, which includes poprocksurf rock and ballads with a jazz influence.
Most tunes are instrumental rockwith a few Hyperborea - Tangerine Dream - Hyperborea numbers. Their rhythmic style is primarily on the beatwith little syncopation. The Shadows and their management did not exploit commercial opportunities such as self-promotion via artwork. They allowed Vox to produce metallic badges in a script typeface, with the group name on the front bottom right corner of all three Vox cabinets sometime during the early s.
This badge became the "default" band logo but was never commercially exploited by the group. The Shadows never used the logo on the front of the bass drum, preferring to allow Meehan and Bennett to use their names instead. Belatedly, the logo was used once on the front artwork of the original studio album Specs Appeal.
As ofthe logo still remains untrademarked and uncopyrighted. In lieu of a proper band logo, four silhouettes of the original line-up, in ascending order of height, were used as a pseudo-logo on concert programme covers and artwork projects such as sheet music, EP and album covers.
The original artwork group silhouette was modified each time a member changed: the last version featured Brian Bennett and Rostill in the late s. During the s, EMI dropped the silhouettes, preferring to use three guitar necks or colour photos of the Shadows. During the later s, Polydor used a red Fender Stratocaster with white scratch plate as a symbol. On the show was this black American band called the Treniers. Hank Marvin and I were at the back, and we were really impressed at the way the saxophone players moved in unison, taken, I suppose, from the Glenn Miller days.
It looked fantastic and we thought, "We must do something like that because it looks so interesting from the front. The Bubbling - George Phang - Power House Selectors Choice Vol.
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This was varied throughout a gig during certain numbers, for example "FBI". During the s, Tingle - Various - Palatine - The Factory Story / 1979-1990 than play in a static posture during an instrumental number, or using the walk, their live act was refined to include another movement.
This featured Marvin, Welch and the bassist moving their guitars in time, or in sequence, with 1861 - The Shadows - Surfing With The Shadows or chord changes. Occasionally, during other instrumentals, this guitar presentation is re-engineered with Marvin and Welch acting out of sequence or alternating.
When the group performed the popular live number "Shadoogie" originally a track on their first LPHank and Bruce would walk forward whilst the bass player would walk back - and vice versa. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. English instrumental rock group. For other uses of the term Shadows, see Shadow disambiguation. Instrumental rock instrumental Call It Music - Various - Lords Of Hardcore Volume 08 - The Killermachine. Main article: The Shadows discography.
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