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Cheshunt, Hertfordshire (1958 – 1990, 2004 – present)

There is more than one band that goes by the name ‘The Shadows’. Two are mentioned below beginning with the more popular, ‘The Shadows’ a British pop-rock group followed by ‘The Shadows’ a blues / blues rock band out of the state of Georgia in the United States.

I. The Shadows is a British pop-rock group formed in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, in 1958. Since then they have had a total of 69 UK hit-charting singles (35 as The Shadows and 34 as Cliff Richard & The Shadows) over the period from 1960 to the 2000s. The group, who were in the forefront of the UK’s beat-group boom in the early 1960s, were the first backing band to emerge as stars in their own right. As pioneers of the four-member rock-group format, the band consisted of lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass guitar and drums. While over their career there have been numerous changes in the line up, the core members have been Hank Marvin (lead guitar) and Bruce Welch (rhythm guitar). The group initially disbanded in 1990 but since 2004 have sporadically reformed for concerts and tours. The other two founder members have died, Tony Meehan (drums) in 2005 and Jet Harris (bass guitar) in 2011.

The Shadows initially provided the musical backing for Cliff Richard in the very popular “Cliff Richard Show”.


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