The Shadows (UK Rock 'n' Roll Band)

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

The core members are Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch and Brian Bennett, though there have been changes. The sound was produced by Fender guitars, amplifiers by Vox and echo units Meazzi Echomatic tape and Binson magnetic disc. The Shadows, with Cliff Richard, dominated British popular music in the late 1950s and early 1960s in the years before the Beatles. Although they lost ground in the late sixties, the band had a second success from the late seventies.

The Shadows are the third most successful act in the UK singles chart, 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 RatingReleases
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 RatingReleases
1960 Meeting With The Shadows 1
1963 The Shadows' Greatest Hits 4
1965 More Hits 4
1977 20 Golden Greats 3
1984 The Shadows Vocals 2
1986 Moonlight Shadows 4
1987 Another String of Hot Hits and More 1
1988 The EP Collection 3
1989 Listen to the Shadows 1
1989 Dancing in the Dark 1
1989 The Definitive Guitar Album 1
1989 The Shadows Collection 1
1989 The Shadows in the 60's 3
1990 The Original Chart Hits: 1960-1980 1
1990 Diamonds 1
1991 Themes and Dreams 2
1992 Greatest Hits Collection 2
1992 The Best of the Shadows 1

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