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. 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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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1961 The Shadows The Shadows 3
1962 Out of the Shadows The Shadows 3
1964 Dance With the Shadows The Shadows 4
1965 The Sound of the Shadows The Shadows 3
1965 Brilliant Shadows Brilliant Songs The Shadows 1
1966 Shadow Music The Shadows 3
1967 Jigsaw The Shadows 4
1967 From Hank, Bruce, Brian and John The Shadows 3
1969 Somethin' Else The Shadows 2
1970 Shades of Rock The Shadows 3
1972 Mustang The Shadows 1
1973 Rockin' With Curly Leads The Shadows 2
1975 Specs Appeal The Shadows 1
1977 Tasty The Shadows 1
1979 String of Hits The Shadows 3
1980 Change of Address The Shadows 2
1981 Hits Right Up Your Street The Shadows 2
1982 Life In The Jungle The Shadows 2
1983 XXV The Shadows 3
1983 Dance With the Shadows / Sound of the Shadows The Shadows 1
1984 Guardian Angel The Shadows 2
1987 Simply Shadows The Shadows 3
1989 Steppin' to the Shadows The Shadows 2
1990 The EP Collection, Volume 2 The Shadows 2
1990 Reflection The Shadows 2
1990 At Their Very Best The Shadows 1
1991 The Shadows / Out of the Shadows The Shadows 1
1992 Shadow Music / Shades of Rock The Shadows 1
1993 A Portrait of the Shadows The Shadows 1
1997 Hank Marvin and The Shadows Play the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice Hank Marvin & The Shadows 1
1998 Shadstrax The Shadows 1
2004 Specs Appeal / Tasty The Shadows 1
The Shadows The Shadows 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1960 Meeting With The Shadows The Shadows 1
1963 The Shadows' Greatest Hits The Shadows 4
1965 More Hits The Shadows 4
1977 20 Golden Greats The Shadows 3
1984 The Shadows Vocals The Shadows 2
1986 Moonlight Shadows The Shadows 4
1987 Another String of Hot Hits and More The Shadows 1
1988 The EP Collection The Shadows 3
1989 Listen to the Shadows The Shadows 1
1989 At Their Very Best The Shadows 1
1989 Dancing in the Dark The Shadows 1
1989 The Definitive Guitar Album The Shadows 1
1989 The Shadows Collection The Shadows 1
1989 The Shadows in the 60's The Shadows 3
1990 The Original Chart Hits: 1960-1980 The Shadows 1
1990 Diamonds The Shadows 1
1991 Themes and Dreams The Shadows 2

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