Song of the Day: Hank Marvin, “Apache”

Hank Marvin, lead guitarist and leader of the British instrumental group The Shadows, turns 81 years young today. Easily recognizable with his dark-rimmed glasses and red Fender Stratocaster, Hank and The Shadows were Cliff Richard’s backup band as well as making singles of their own. "Apache" was a hit for The Shadows in 1960, reaching #1 in the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, and South Africa, also reaching #4 in Australia, #6 in Germany, #8 in Spain, and #11 in the Netherlands.

18 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Hank Marvin, “Apache”

  1. Great tune in the days when an instrumental could top the charts. Unfortunate for The Shadows that another version was the big hit in the US. Thanks for the post!


    1. Good way to put it. Mick Goodrick, who wrote “The Advancing Guitarist,” urged his readers to focus on the gaps between notes. it’s a shame that The Shadows didn’t really get the attention that other guitar bands like The Ventures got…

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