by Robert Wilkinson
Today we give a big shout out to one of the great guitarists of the past 50 years, the legendary Hank Marvin of the Shadows.
If you don't know who the Shadows were, they were a British group that set the standard, along with the Ventures, Link Wray, and Dick Dale, for the entire instrumental music boom of the early 60s. This was a time when such groups as the Tornados, Chantays, Marketts, Surfaris, the Champs, Johnny and the Hurricanes, and Duane Eddy, along with the groups already mentioned, did instrumental versions of the hits of the era as well as their own original compositions, weaving a tapestry of guitar heavy melodies that impacted music ever since.
The Shadows did the original "Apache," along with all the other great instrumental songs of the era, including "Telstar," "Wipeout," "Ghost Riders in the Sky," and too many other gear fab tunes to count. Hank Marvin was/is the lead guitarist, and so for your remembrance and enjoyment, here are the Shadows!
Apache was No 1 for The Shadows in 1960 for six weeks. Here's a very early clip of The Shadows doing the classic "Apache."
From 1961, the Shadows doing "The Savage."
Also from 1961, "Crackerjack."
From April 1962, the Rudi Carell Show on Dutch TV. "Wonderful Land."
From 1964, "Sleepwalk '64
Also from 1964, this one gets clipped after about 2 minutes, but it's great footage! "Apache"
From 1979, "Cavatina."
The Shadows live in 1981 on a programme called 'Razzamataz' doing the famous "Telstar."
This is an amazing performance, and given Hank's smooth as silk playing, you can hear where Mark Knopfler got the inspiration for his particular guitar style! If you don't play one other video today, check this one out!!! For your enjoyment, the stunningly beautiful rocker written by Mike Oldfield (remember "Tubular Bells") performed in 1986 by Hank Marvin and the Shadows, "Moonlight shadows."
From The Shadows on The Pebble Mill Show in 1986, another great version of "Moonlight Shadow."
I found a great performance by Mike Oldfield of this beautiful tune live in London in 1998! Here's the man who wrote this magnificent piece, accompanied by stunning vocals by Pepsi Demacque, doing "Moonlight Shadow."
From an earlier era, an acoustic take live in 1985 by Mike Oldfield with vocals by Maggie Reilly of "Moonlight Shadow."
Back to the Shadows! Here they are in a live stage performance in Liverpool (Liverpool Empire) England in 1989 doing "Kon-Tiki."
From 1989, the Shadows live doing "Shadoogie."
Also from 1989, "Dance On."
The Shads live in Cardiff on the Final Tour 2004! Here are Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch & Brian Bennet doing "Geronimo."
Here are some real gems! Besides being hit makers on their own, The Shadows were also the backup band for Cliff Richard, one of the most popular performers in England in the late 50s and early 60s. This set the sound for pop music in the UK at the time, and was a huge influence on three young skiffle players by the names of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison. For your enjoyment, from 1960, "Cliff Richard and the Shadows doing "Move It"
From 1963, Cliff Richard and the Shadows doing "What I'd Say."
From 1962, Cliff and the Shads live doing "The Young Ones."
In a real mind bender, here they are again 46 years later doing the same tune! From 2008, Cliff Richard and the Shadows live doing "The Young Ones."
Also from 2008, here's Cliff and the Shadows doing their original 1958 hit that broke it open in the UK, "Move It."
The following are all studio versions set to still pictures of the Shadows doing some of the greatest hits of the day. Here they are doing the great Ventures hit "Walk Don't Run."
From 1963, "Atlantis"
Here's the studio version of the classic "Perfidia."
Another slowed down studio version of "Perfidia."
From Hank's Guitar Player tour & from Hank's Marvin at The Movie's, Hank doing the legendary Ennio Morricone composition, "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly."
From Cliff Richard's Countdown to the Millenium concert in 2000, here's the Master Guitarist doing the great "Apache."
Hank and his son Ben in 2004 doing "Sleepwalk."
In a fitting close to this birthday tribute, here are two English guitar legends doing what they do best! For your enjoyment, a 1985 live performance by Dire Straits and Hank Marvin doing "Going Home."
Thanks for setting the standard so long ago, and inspiring so many great British guitarists! May you rock on!!
© Copyright 2011 Robert Wilkinson