The Shadows are an English instrumental rock group, and were Cliff Richard’s backing band from 1958 to 1968, (though they have collaborated again on numerous reunion tours).
The Shadows have placed 69 UK charted 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. Along with the Fender guitar, another cornerstone of the Shadows sound was the Vox amplifier. The Shadows, with Cliff Richard, dominated British popular music in the late 1950s and early 1960s in the years before The Beatles. The Shadows’ number one hits included “Apache”, “Wonderful Land”, “Dance On!” and “Foot Tapper”. Although they lost ground in the late ’60s, the band had a second success from the late ’70s.
20 Golden Greats is a compilation album released in 1977. The album was in the UK charts for 43 weeks, where it gained number 1 position for 6 weeks.
The album was re-titled 20 Greatest Hits for release in the Netherlands in 1980, where it reached number 2 on the album chart.
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