I’m writing this on January 21, because Alana gave me a great idea for a Battle and, you know me, brain like sieve, if I don’t get it down now, I’ll forget.
“Apache” was composed by Jerry Lordan in 1958, and originally recorded by guitarist Bert Weedon, but Lordan didn’t like the recording and it was never released. He showed it to Jet Harris, bass player for The Shadows, by picking it out on the ukulele. Harris showed it to the rest of The Shadows, who agreeed to record it. It was released in July 1960 and by August reached #1 in the UK, topping the chart for five weeks, and it was voted the best song of 1960 by the readers of New Music Express magazine.
In 1961, Danish guitarist Jørgen Ingmann recorded his version of “Apache.” His reached #2 on the Hot 100.
Since the two versions never met head-to-head anywhere (indeed, The Shadows received very little, if any, airplay in the US), let’s do that here. Your to-do list is as follows:
- Listen to both versions of “Apache” and decide which one you like better.
- Vote for it by leaving a comment below, telling me which one it is and, if you would, why you liked it better.
- Visit Stephen T. McCarthy’s Battle of the Bands blog, where he’s bound to have a battle of his own, and vote in it.
- Visit the other Battle of the Bands blogs listed in the right-hand column of Stephen’s blog, and vote in their battles as well.
Remember, you need not be a Battle of the Bands participant to vote in the battles. Although, if you would like to join us and conduct a Battle of the Bands yourself on the 1st and 15th of every month, let Stephen know in the comments on his page. The more the merrier, I say. I’ll announce the winner of this Battle next Friday, February 22, so be sure and have your votes in to me by then.
The lines are now open. Good luck to The Shadows and Jørgen Ingmann!