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Originally Cliff Richard}'s backing band, the British quartet the Shadows} began recording on their own in 1960 and had a major hit with the instrumental "Apache."} They were built around guitarists Hank Marvin} and Bruce Welch}, with an ever-changing rhythm section (Terry "Jet" Harris} and Tony Meehan}, the original bassist and drummer, were the most famous, and went on to success on their own in the early '60s); originally dubbed "the Drifters," they adopted their more famous moniker during their first tour with Richard} to avoid confusion with the popular American R&B} group of the same name. Often erroneously thought of as England's answer to the Ventures}, the Shadows}' sound was polished, crisp, clean, and metallic, making up for its inherent sterility and lack of soul thanks to a knack for drawing out melodies in their most haunting form; their biggest hit was "Apache,"} but they also scored with smash singles including 1960's "Man of Mystery"} and 1961's "Kon-Tiki."} By 1962, both Harris} and Meehan} had exited, and the remaining duo of Marvin} and Welch} continued backing Richard} in his many film roles, adopting a distinctively exaggerated brand of choreography widely imitated by other guitar-based groups of the era. Subsequent chart-toppers including 1963's "Wonderful Land"} and 1963's "Foot Tapper"} followed, and although the Shadows} were largely lost in the shuffle of the British Invasion} they continued backing Richard} until 1968, at which time Welch} quit. Many more reunions and breakups were to follow in the coming decades, and in one form or another the Shadows} continued to record well into the 1990s. ~ Bruce Eder, All Music Guide

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