The Spotnicks, The Shadows & The Ventures - When Instrumental Bands Ruled the World

Posted by Joe Goldmark, March 8, 2011 03:55pm | Post a Comment
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It looks like the Spotnicks must have influenced DEVO! This wacky early ‘60s Swedish band was the number two instrumental band in Europe behind the Shadows.


The Shadows were originally Cliff Richards’ backing band. John Lennon said, “before Cliff and the Shadows, there had been nothing worth listening to in British music.” Their instrumental career began with “Apache.”


Since we’re playing “Apache,” here are some other famous versions. Below is the 1961 hit version in the U.S. by Jorgen Ingmann, a Danish guitar player.

The bongo solo in the version below by the Incredible Bongo Band is one of the most sampled tunes in hip hop history.



And of course there's the Ventures, the most successful instrumental band of all time. “Walk Don’t Run” was originally written and recorded by jazz guitarist Johnny Smith.

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