Apache (instrumental)

"Apache"
Apache by The Shadows.jpg
Single by The Shadows
B-side"Quartermaster's Stores" (Trad: arr Bill Shepherd)
ReleasedJuly 1960 (1960-07)
Recorded17 June 1960 (1960-06-17)
StudioEMI Studios, London
GenreInstrumental rock
LabelColumbia DB4484[1]
Songwriter(s)Jerry Lordan[1]
Producer(s)Norrie Paramor[1]
The Shadows singles chronology
"Saturday Dance"
(1959)
"Apache"
(1960)
"Man of Mystery"
(1960)

"Apache" is an instrumental written by English composer Jerry Lordan.[1] The original version was by guitarist Bert Weedon, but Lordan did not like the version. The Shadows recorded "Apache" in June 1960; when it was released the next month, their version topped the UK Singles Chart for five weeks. Bert Weedon's original recording was released at the same time and reached number 24.[2][3]

In 1961, Danish jazz guitarist Jørgen Ingmann's cover of "Apache" (which he recorded in the fall of 1960) went to No. 2 in the US and No. 2 in Canada.[1] A 1973 version by the Incredible Bongo Band has been called "hip-hop’s national anthem".[4] Although this version was not a hit on release, its long percussion break has been sampled countless times on hip hop and dance tracks since the 1980s.

In March 2005, Q magazine placed "Apache" by the Shadows at No. 96 on its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.[5]

  1. ^ a b c d e Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 53. ISBN 0-85112-250-7.
  2. ^ "Apache (song by The Shadows) • Music VF, US & UK hits charts". Musicvf.com. July 23, 1960. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 114–5. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ Michaelangelo Matos, Abstract: All Roads Lead to ‘Apache’", Pop Conference, Experience Music Project 2005. Accessed online 7 July 2011
  5. ^ "100 Greatest Guitar Tracks Ever". Q Magazine. Retrieved 11 September 2017

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