Monday, 23 September 2013

Stars on 45RPM: Back From The Shadows

The Shadows were the most succesful instrumental group in Great Britain during the 1960s and their influence has gone on to inspire many great musicians over the years including Eric Clapton and Brian May.

From Apache in 1960 through to Maroc 7 The Shadows had an uninterrupted chart run in the UK however by the end of 1968 the band temporarily disbanded to concentrate on other projects.

They did however remain in the public eye, either working on solo projects or backing Cliff Richard on concerts and TV appearances. Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch even developed  a vocal group in the early 70s with Australia's John Farrar  before reuniting with Brian Bennett for a new line-up of The Shadows in 1973.

The Shadows subsequently re-entered the charts in 1975 with their Eurovision Song Contest entry Let Me Be The One.

Columbia DB 8170
Maroc 7 / Bombay Duck, Columbia, DB8170, 1967

Maroc 7 was the last UK chart entry for The Shadows in the 1960s featuring the line-up of Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch, John Rostill and Brian Bennett. A fabulous instrumental taken from the theme of a film starring Leslie Phillips, features a fabulous drum solo from Brian Bennett.

The B side Bombay Duck is also one of The Shadows greatest B sides which sounded great fun to perform and fades out with a fabulous duck hunting whistle effect.

The single reached no.24 in the UK chart.

Let Me Be The One / Stand Up Like a Man, EMI, 1975

Let Me Be The One was performed by The Shadows at The Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm in 1975.  The Shadows came second in the contest, (similarly too Cliff who also represented the UK in 1968 and 1973).

The single reached No.12 in the UK charts and was their first hit of the 1970s, some 8 years after Maroc 7! Let Me Be The One along with Stand Up Like a Man featured on their LP Specs Appeal.

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