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:

  1. Listen to both versions of “Apache” and decide which one you like better.
  2. Vote for it by leaving a comment below, telling me which one it is and, if you would, why you liked it better.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

14 thoughts on “BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Apache”

  1. I haven’t heard this song in so long. What a great sound from my past. Either version is a winner to me. But narrowing it down to my personal favorite I’m going with the more clear sound of Jorgen Ingmann–he has some neat sounding sounds in his arrangement.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  2. Excellent choice for a battle! Not even sure why, but I am more drawn to The Shadows. And now I feel like I need to watch a spaghetti western or something.



  3. JOHN ~
    I’ve heard this many times but I don’t think I ever knew the title of it before.

    Both renditions are good. As I’m sure you know, I’m a fan of that old “Surf Guitar” sound. That Jorgen fellow plays cleaner and more precisely – he’s almost certainly the better guitarist. But I kind of prefer that somewhat raunchier sound of THE SHADOWS. Anyone who’s ridden the surf knows that sometimes you eat it, and the wave pulls you under the water where you get thrashed by the undercurrent on the rough, muddy seafloor. There’s something even kind of thrilling about that.

    So, yeah, I’ll take the dirtier sound this time.

    ~ D-FensDogG


  4. This is a tough one for. E because I like both quite well. They each seem to give a unique take on a surfing song…to me it’s like a surfing son but I am going with jorgen’s version because I like his guitar style which is a little more unique to the Shadows

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  5. I liked the Ingmann version. I don’t know anything about guitar playing, but that guy sounded great to me. This isn’t a negative, but The Shadows version sounded a lot like a Frankie Laine (spelling?) version of Ghost Riders in the Sky in places.

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