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GUEST,Rossey Apache recorded 60 years ago! (277* d) RE: Apache recorded 60 years ago! 23 Jun 20


I met Bruce Welch (and Jet), at a Joe Meek tribute night. I wish I could have thought of something intelligent to say to him.. but I was dumbstruck. I should have asked about his songwriting, or production work for Cliff and Olivia Newton John, but nope. In the other end of the pub was Jet Harris, once the cool Shadow..with the quiff..(when I met him he'd lost that).

Ok the film the 'Young Ones' seems creaky and uncool now.. but one brief scene captures the pre-Beatles instrumental group sound and stage presentation. When they play the Savage, and do the Shadows walk, pointing their guitars in the air..creating screams and a wonderful climax.   Apache was part their creation in a way, as they turned a simple Jerry Lordan ukulele tune into a realised work. And it did influence other players all over the world during that period when instrumentals were making the charts. The Shadows themselves did go into other forms of music, and Hank has been working with Gypsy Jazz for a while. Respect due for their influence and place in UK music history, even if you don't get it! I'll shut up now..


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