Posts filed under ‘Acoustic’

I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Arthur

“I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Arthur” was the “B-Side” on the Shadows 1965 single “The War Lord” which was their last top 20 UK hit in the 1960s.

Despite the rather silly title, the tune — composed by bassist John Rostill — is actually pretty cool with a nice Rockabilly swing. I would describe my rendition as a “loose cover”.


April 20, 2018 at 6:54 pm Leave a comment

Station Break

“Station Break” is another original instrumental composition in which I try to combine the feel of 60’s instrumental guitar rock with a somewhat more sophisticated musical and harmonic language than was typical for that genre. With this one I tried to get a feel similar to the early 60’s style of the Shadows.

April 17, 2018 at 11:02 am Leave a comment

Stars Fell on Stockton

“Stars Fell on Stockton” was the “B-side” to the Shadows #1 1962 UK hit “Wonderful Land”. Song-writing credit is shared by the four band members at the time:  Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch, Jet Harris, and Brian Bennett.

My version is basically a cover.

April 16, 2018 at 4:49 pm Leave a comment

The Breeze and I

The Breeze and I” is based on original solo piano piece entitled Andalucía, written by the Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona as part of his Suite Andalucía in 1928. English lyrics were added in 1940 by Al Stillman.

The Shadows used an arrangement by their producer, Norrie Paramor, as the “B-side” to their 1963 #1 UK hit “Foot Tapper”. This version is accompanied by an orchestra.

My arrangement is based on — and borrows heavily from the Shadows version. However, I left out the strings and woodwinds and added a couple of interludes borrowed from another source. See if you can identify it!

April 15, 2018 at 2:34 pm Leave a comment

Alice in Sunderland

“Alice in Sunderland” appeared as the “B-side” to the Shadows 1965 single “Sting Ray”, as the title track on an EP (Extended Play 45) that same year, and in 1970 on the compilation album “Mustang”. Song-writing credit was shared by all four band members.

I would describe my rendition as a “loose” cover.

April 14, 2018 at 4:31 pm Leave a comment

My Resistance is Low

“My Resistance is Low” is a 1951 song by American singer, songwriter and band leader Hoagy Carmichael. The song has proven to be extremely popular in the UK. In 1961, The Shadows included the song on their debut  1961 album.

The song is probably best known to American audiences for being in the closing sequence to the 1952 Jane Russell movie, The Las Vegas Story which was produced and directed by Howard Hughes.

My version is a cover of the Shadows arrangement.

April 13, 2018 at 5:06 pm Leave a comment


“Autumn” is one of four tracks on the Shadows 1967 EP (Extended Play 45) titled “The Shadows on Stage and Screen” . Song-writing credit is shared by all four members of the group: Marvin-Welch-Rostill-Bennett

My rendition is a modified cover of the Shadow’s version. The original lead part sounds like it is played on a bouzouki or other double course instrument (I don’t think its a 12-string guitar, though). I play the lead on an electric as I imagine Hank might have done had he chosen that approach.

April 12, 2018 at 2:35 pm Leave a comment

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