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... et leur célébrissime "APACHE"
... and their famous "APACHE"

Tony Meehan, Jet Harris, Bruce Welch, Hank B. Marvin

Bruce Welch, Hank B. Marvin, Jet Harris, Tony Meehan
... en "ombre chinoise"... "shadow theatre, show"


Les partitions des "bigs hits" 1961... FBI, Jet Black, Driftin', Shot Gun, Midnight, Saturday Dance...
Album of guitar favourites from THE SHADOWS MUSIC LTD. BELINDA (LONDON) LTD.

We are most grateful to E.M.I. Records Ltd.,
For permission to use this story by Brian Mulligan

In April 1958 two young Geordies arrived in London with suitcases, gramophones, guitars, £6 10s. and very little else apart from a burning desire to make a name for themselves in showbusiness.
The obvious starting place, decided Bruce Welch and Hand B. [Brian] Marvin, was the famous Two I’s coffee bar in Soho, the breeding ground for so many young singers.
But the boys from Newcastle found that skiffle in a coffee bar did not provide a short cut to success. “We used to play perhaps four nights a week, if we were lucky, and that brought in 15s. a night,” they recall, “If we weren’t playing we starved.”
Says Hank “We used to get to bed around 1 a.m. and about four in the afternoon when we got up we would have a slice of bread. For two weeks when things were really bad our diet was a roll and a cup of Oxo for dinner and an apple for tea.”
adds Bruce, “we felt like packing up and going home. But we didn’t want to return as failures and somehow we were certain things would get better-after all they could hardly have become any worse.”
While they were playing at the Two I’s. Bruce and Hank recorded for Columbia with The Five Chesternuts, a group led by Peter Chester, son of comedian Charlie Chester. Titles were “Teenage Love” and “Jean Dorothy” (now deleted).
They also met up with Jet Harris, who is now leader of The Shadows. He had been touring with Tony Crombie’s Rockets but sat in occasionally with Bruce and Hank. As they were playing one night. Tony Meehan, not long left school, walked into the room and joined in on drums.
This was the first meeting, during the late summer of 1958, of the four boys who were later to become famous as The Shadows, the supporting group to Britain’s top teenage star, Cliff Richard, as successful recording artists in their own right and as a top-of-the-bill theatrical act.
Then in October came the change of fortunes for which Bruce and Hank had been waiting. Cliff Richard was booked to tour with the Kalin Twins and picked the two of them to join his group. During the tour Jet also teamed up and later Tony completed the quartet, which by January 1959 had assumed its present line-up.
At that time they were known as The Drifters. But when their recording of “Feelin’ Fine” and “Don’t Be a Fool With Love” (Columbia 45-DB4263) was released in the States there was a clash of names with an American group. Result was that the Americans obtained a court injunction preventing the use of their name and all records by the British Drifters were withdrawn. So The Drifters became The Shadows, a name picked by Jet.
As The Shadows they have lived up to their name, accompanying Cliff wherever he goes and on his many hit records. He is reluctant to work without them and several times turned down an America tour because they were not included in the deal.
However, when Cliff went to the States in January 1960, The Shadows went with him – the first British accompanying group to be allowed to make the trip – for the six weeks tour.
They have appeared with him in the film “Expresso Bongo”, at the Royal Command Performances in Manchester in 1959 and London in 1960, and during a six-month season at the London Palladium.
The last six months of 1960 put The Shadows on top of the world. Their recordings of “Apache” and “Quartermaster’s Stores” (45-DB4484), released in July, saw them emerge as disc stars in their own right. “Apache” reached N°1 position in the British Top Ten and won for them a Silver Disc for sales exceeding 250,000. Readers of the New Musical Express chose it as Best British Disc of the year in the annual poll. Their next recording, “Man Of Mystery” and “The Stranger” (45-DB4530) also quickly made its mark in the Hit Parade.
Following their record successes The Shadows were booked as headline attractions in a one-night tour of Britain and were voted as Top British Small Group in the N.M.E. Poll.
The Shadows have also had outstanding success as composers of some of Cliff’s hit records. Bruce had a hand in “Please Don’t Tease”, which was also a hit in New Zealand, Australia, Scandinavia, Belgium and Holland. Bruce and Hank wrote “Thinking Of Our Love”, “I Love You”, and “You And I”, while Hank and Jet penned “Gee Whiz It’s You” and “She’s Gone”.
Leader of the group, Jet Harris, was born on 6th July 1939 in Kingsbury, London. He was christened Terry but his prowess as a sprinter at school – at 15 he set up a record for the 100 yards by clocking 10.8 secs. – earned him the nickname Jet. He is a great-great-nephew of the famous music hall entertainer Vesta Tilley.
His interest in music began with a clarinet and he played double bass before changing to bass guitar. Jet played with The Vipers, Tony Crombie and The Most Brothers before joining The Shadows.
Before turning professional he worked for two years in a factory making milk churns. At one time Jet was keen on going to Africa to be a game warden and has a passion for animals. At different times he has had as pets monkeys, a dog, a cat, a skunk and bush babies.
Bruce Welch,rhythm guitar, was born at Bognor Regis on 2nd November 1941 and went with his parents to Newcastle six months later. While at school he and Hank played in a skiffle group called The Railroaders.
He says he gets a kick from driving through London in the early hours when the streets are deserted but is just as happy motoring in the country or standing on top of a hill on a windy day. He also likes flying and listening to recordings by Buddy Holly.
Hank B. (for Brian) Marvin, lead guitar, was born in Newcastle on 28th October 1941. He was nicknamed Hank to avoid confusion with two of his friends who were also called Brian. At 15 he bought a banjo from a schoolmaster and changed to guitar when his father gave him a 16 guinea model for a birthday present in 1957.
Tony Meehan, drums, was born in Hampstead on 2nd March 1943. He was only ten years old when he became interested in playing drums. By the time he was 13, Tony had his first job with a band in a dance hall at Willesden, London. He also played tympani with the London Youth Orchestra.
When he was 15, Tony was set on becoming a lawyer and did not want to leave school for another three years. But then he was offered a job at £25 a week in a touring show. He asked for and was given six months holiday. The tour never materialised by Tony didn’t go back to school.
Unlike the others he was never short of word, playing cabaret at places like Churchill’s and the Stork Club. He also played with Jet in The Vipers group.
Tony is interested in arranging, which he studies, and besides drums also plays guitar and bass. His hobbies include psychology and psychiatry.

The Shadows... Les Fantômes ?

The Shadows est un groupe de rock britannique ayant été actif des années 1950 jusqu'aux années 2000.
C'est un groupe pionnier du rock britannique qui est toujours une référence.

Premier groupe de rock européen en 1958, les Shadows accumulent les hits internationaux dès le début de leur carrière, d'abord en compagnie de Cliff Richard, l'artiste le plus vendu en Angleterre, puis en solo, avec des titres généralement instrumentaux. « Apache » notamment, bouleversera la musique pop en 1960. Avec « Wonderful Land » (N°1 en 1962, le titre le plus vendu en Grande Bretagne de toute la décennie 60 - plus qu'aucun autre single, y compris des Beatles), ils sont les premiers à mélanger des guitares électriques à un orchestre classique. Ils seront les plus gros vendeurs de disques au monde en 1962/1963 et signent des dizaines de hits jusqu'à la fin des années 60.

Après une brève séparation, ils retrouvent le succès, avec des ventes considérables et plusieurs N°1 dans les années 1970 en Grande Bretagne (les albums « 20 Golden Greats » et « String of Hits » dépassent chacun le million de disques vendus), et de nombreux albums disque d'or et platine dans les années 1980.

Le groupe se sépare fin 1990 après un dernier album classé dans le Top 5, puis se reforme pour un best of (nouveau Top 10 et disque d'or en Grande Bretagne) et deux tournées triomphales en 2004 (Royaume Uni) et 2005 (Europe) dont les concerts ont été enregistrés sur un coffret double CD et sur 1 DVD « The Shadows Final Tour ».

Le dictionnaire britannique définit les Shadows comme « les principaux précurseurs d'un phénomène musical universel ». Ils sont encore à ce jour le groupe de loin le plus titré des charts britanniques.

Source : Wikipedia... L'encyclopédie en ligne sur le net

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The Shadows (France)


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Les Fantômes, groupe formé de Dean Noton (guitare solo, Ecossais), Dany Maranne (guitare basse), Jacky Pasut (guitare) et Charlot (batterie... ex. batteur du groupe "El Toro et les Cyclones" comprenant le guitariste Jacques Dutronc). À l'été de 1961, Dany Maranne est parti sur la Côte, où il a rencontré Dean Noton et Jean-Claude Champon. Par la suite ils ont décidé de monter un groupe, mais Jean-Claude qui devait être le chanteur de la formation, sous l'influence de sa mère a signé un contrat d'enregistrement chez Barclay.

Alors ils ont décidé de faire un groupe instrumental, ils jouent quelques reprises de leurs maîtres ("THE VENTURES" groupe américain de Seattle ou les célèbres "THE SHADOWS", dont ils reprirent certains succès "Mustang", "Shazam", entre autres...) mais ils composent eux-mêmes la plupart de leurs morceaux célèbres.

En 1961 le groupe est repéré dans un crochet amateur par Vogue qui les engage dès la rentrée sous le nom " Les Fantômes ". Ils ont accompagné au début, le duo les Copains, formé de Alain et Claude. Ils enregistrent alors leur premier disque 45 tours à quatre titres "Le diable en personne" (Shakin'All Over), "Golden Earring", plus deux originaux "Fort Chabrol" et "Original Twist Guitar".

Au printemps 1962, dans le cadre d'un Musicorama, le groupe a joué trois morceaux à l'Olympia de Paris, au même programme il y avait en vedette Brenda Lee.

Les Fantômes ont accompagné également Danyel Gérard et Eddy Mitchell.

À l'été de 1963, on retrouve au palmarès "Loop de Loop" le sixième EP des Fantômes qui restera leur plus grand succès sur disques.

Quand Jacky part au service, en 1963, Jean-Claude CHANE, qui n'est plus chanteur des CHAMPIONS, reprend la guitare rythmique. Mais ils sont victime du désintérêt général pour les groupes nstrumentaux.Ils accompagnent alors Eddy MITCHELL, tout en continuant d'enregistrer sous leur propre nom chez Vogue, renforcé par Michel, le saxo ténor des CHAUSSETTES NOIRES.

En 1964, Quand Eddy MITCHELL décide de ne garder que Dean (guitare solo) et Michel (sax ténor) et prend des musiciens anglais avec lui, LES FANTOMES disparaissent.

Les FANTOMES furent les premiers à découvrir un jeune compositeur français: Jacques DUTRONC.

De 1962 à 1964, ce fut en France, l'un des meilleurs ensembles instrumentaux.

Dany Maranne le bassiste et fondateur du groupe est décédé en 1988.


45 tours EP Disques VOGUE - France

EPL 7918 - Le diable en personne (Shakin' all over) - Golden Earrings / Fort Chabrol - Original Twist Guitar

EPL 7945 - Shazam - Train fantôme / Cafard - Méfie-toi

EPL 7965 - Twist 33 - Walk Don't Run / Marche twist - Je ne veux pas t'aimer

EPL 8013 - Watch Your Step - No Man's Land / The Mexican - Mustang

45 tours (single) SP Disques VOGUE - France

V 45 986 - Twist 33 / Méfie-toi

ALBUMS 33 tours LP 30 cms - Disques VOGUE - France

LD 580 - Tête à tête avec les Fantômes (1962)
La shlap - Je ne veux pas t'aimer - Walk Don't Run - Cafard - Marche Twist - Train fantôme - Shazam - Méfie-toi - Golden Earrings - Fort Chabrol.

45 tours EP Disques VOGUE - France

EPL 8055 - Archimède - Lover's Guitar / Le grand départ - Reflexion

EPL 8075 - Loop de Loop - Marche des aigles / Partisans - Bastic

EPL 8105 - Hully Bach - Moulin rouge / Que ton coeur me soit fidèle - Tolhrac

ALBUMS 33 tours LP 30 cms - Disques MD - Canada
LP 5017 - Loop de Loop (1963 - Canada)
Loop de loop - La shlap - Je ne veux pas t'aimer - Walk don't run - Cafard - Marche twist - Train fantôme - Shazam - Méfie-toi - Golden Earrings.

45 tours EP Disques VOGUE - France

EPL 8205 - Les yeux noirs - Caravane / Elle est bien bonne - Stone City


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