The Shadows (UK Rock 'n' Roll Band)

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The Shadows are a British instrumental rock group, and backing band for Cliff Richard, with a total of 69 UK hit-charted singles: 35 of which are credited as the Shadows and 34 as Cliff Richard and the Shadows, from the 1950s to the 2000s. The group, who were in the forefront of the UK's beat-group boom, were the first backing band to emerge as stars in their own right. As pioneers of the four-member instrumental format, the band consisted of lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass guitar and drums. Their wide stylistic range covers pop, rock, surf rock, and ballads with a jazz influence.

The Shadows' core members are Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch and Brian Bennett; though there have been numerous changes in the line up throughout its history. The band's unique sound was originally produced by a combination of American Fender guitars, British amplifiers made by Vox and echo units Meazzi Echomatic tape and Binson magnetic disc. The Shadows, with singer Cliff Richard, dominated the British popular music scene in the late 1950s and early 1960s in the five years before the Beatles. Although they lost ground in the late sixties, the band enjoyed a second spell of success and interest from the late seventies until the present day.

The Shadows are the third most successful UK charted hit-singles act behind Elvis Presley and Cliff Richard. The Shadows and Cliff Richard & the Shadows each have had four No.1 selling EPs.

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Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1961 The Shadows 3
1962 Out of the Shadows 3
1964 Dance With the Shadows 4
1965 The Sound of the Shadows 3
1965 Brilliant Shadows Brilliant Songs 1
1966 Shadow Music 3
1967 Jigsaw 4
1967 From Hank, Bruce, Brian and John 3
1969 Somethin' Else 2
1970 Shades of Rock 3
1972 Mustang 1
1973 Rockin' With Curly Leads 2
1975 Specs Appeal 1
1977 Tasty 1
1979 String of Hits 3
1980 Change of Address 2
1981 Hits Right Up Your Street 2
1982 Life In The Jungle 2
1983 XXV 3
1983 Dance With the Shadows / Sound of the Shadows 1
1984 Guardian Angel 2
1987 Simply Shadows 3
1989 Steppin' to the Shadows 2
1990 The EP Collection, Volume 2 2
1990 Reflection 2
1990 At Their Very Best 1
1991 The Shadows / Out of the Shadows 1
1992 Shadow Music / Shades of Rock 1
1993 Dreamtime 2
1998 Shadstrax 1
2004 Specs Appeal / Tasty 1
The Shadows 1

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Year Title Rating Releases
1960 Meeting With The Shadows Compilation 1
1963 The Shadows' Greatest Hits Compilation 4
1965 More Hits Compilation 4
1984 The Shadows Vocals Compilation 2
1986 Moonlight Shadows Compilation 4
1987 20 Golden Greats Compilation 2
1987 Another String of Hot Hits and More Compilation 1
1988 The EP Collection Compilation 3
1989 Listen to the Shadows Compilation 1
1989 Dancing in the Dark Compilation 1
1989 The Definitive Guitar Album Compilation 1
1989 The Shadows Collection Compilation 1
1989 The Shadows in the 60's Compilation 3
1990 The Original Chart Hits: 1960-1980 Compilation 1
1990 Diamonds Compilation 1
1991 Themes and Dreams Compilation 2
1992 The Best of the Shadows Compilation 1
1992 The Shadows, Volume 1 Compilation 1

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