|Single by The Shadows|
|B-side||"Quartermaster's Stores" (Trad: arr Bill Shepherd)|
|Recorded||17 June 1960|
|Studio||EMI Studios, London|
|The Shadows singles chronology|
"Apache" is an instrumental written by English composer Jerry Lordan. 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.
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. A 1973 version by the Incredible Bongo Band has been called "hip-hop’s national anthem". 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.
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