Archive for July, 2016

Wayback Garage #12: While my Surfboard Gently Weeps

This arrangement of the iconic, late-60’s classic may not be what you would expect, except possibly from me.

July 22, 2016 at 1:30 pm Leave a comment

The Stranger

“The Stranger” was released together with “Man of Mystery” as a two-sided single in 1960 by the Shadows. The combined release reached #5 on the UK singles charts.

July 17, 2016 at 1:37 pm Leave a comment

The Rise and Fall of Flingel Bunt

“The Rise and Fall of Flingel Bunt” was an instrumental by the British group The Shadows. It went to number 5 in the UK Singles Chart. In 1964, and was their last top-10 hit. The character Flingel Bunt was an imaginary character invented by the actor Richard O’Sullivan, a friend of the Shadows.

My cover version here stays pretty close to the Shadow’s original approach.

July 16, 2016 at 2:25 pm Leave a comment

The Savage

“The Savage”, from a movie called “The Young Ones”,  was a UK top 10 hit for the Shadows in 1961. The Ventures covered this tune as well.


July 15, 2016 at 4:30 pm Leave a comment

Man of Mystery

“Man of Mystery” was a UK #5 single for the Shadows in 1960 with “The Stranger” as the B-side. The Shadows version is a cover of the theme from a series of films, “The Edgar Wallace Mysteries”, written by Michael Carr.

My version follows the Shadows’ arrangement with a few small changes.


July 14, 2016 at 5:53 pm Leave a comment

Dance On!

It’s too bad that more Americans don’t know about the Shadows. In the early sixtes, they were YUUGE in England, with sixteen tracks in the top ten of the UK singles charts. Somehow that success did not help them with the British invasion here.

“Dance On!” was one of their number one instrumentals in 1962. It was also recorded in a vocal version by British female soloist Kathy Kirby, whose version reached number 11 in the UK chart in September 1963.

Petula Clark recorded the song in French (“Je me sens bien auprès de toi”) and Italian (“Sto volentieri con te”) which made the Top 5 of the French and Italian charts. She also recorded an English version for album release on the Canadian market.

My version of this tune is basically a cover, with only a few small changes. I made a point of trying to capture some of Hank Marvin’s playing style in my own.

July 13, 2016 at 6:12 pm Leave a comment


“Geronimo” was a Shadows single, penned by leader/lead guitarist Hank Marvin, and reached number 10 on the UK singles chart in 1963. It is conceivable that they were attempting to repeat the success they had in 1960 when their single “Apache” topped the UK charts.

My arrangement is based heavily on the Shadows original.

July 12, 2016 at 3:06 pm Leave a comment

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