Posts filed under ‘Spotnicks’

Dark Eyes

“Dark Eyes” is a famous Russian folk song. The original poem upon which the song was based was published by the Ukrainian poet and writer Yevhen Hrebinka in 1843. Attribution of the music is a bit more sketchy — but it probably dates from around 1897.

The song has been a favorite of instrumental guitarists over the years. Django Reinhardt, Chet Atkins, Bert Weedon, the Ventures, and the Spotniks all recorded versions.

My arrangement is basically my own and does not borrow heavily from anyone else’s version.

May 9, 2018 at 2:34 pm Leave a comment

Windy and Warm

The instrumental “Windy and Warm” was written by John D. Loudermilk for Chet Atkins, who recorded it in 1961. It was very popular and became something of a signature tune for Atkins.

Versions from 1963 also exist by the Ventures and the Spotniks and from 1966 by Doc Watson. Really more of a fingerpicker than surf rock, it remains a popular acoustic guitar solo today.

My arrangement is, in feel,  more along the lines of the Chet Atkins original, although I play it on my Gretsch (Chet Atkins) electric using a pick.

May 1, 2018 at 2:07 pm Leave a comment

Happy Guitar

I continue to widen my reach for instrumental rock hits from the 60’s. Here is “Happy Guitar” which was released by the Spotnicks in 1963. The Spotnicks are an instrumental surf-rock group from Sweden, formed in 1961. Along with the Shadows and the Ventures they are counted as one of the most famous instrumental bands during the 1960s. They were noted for wearing “space suit” costumes on stage. They have released 42 albums, selling more than 18 million records, and — like the Ventures and Shadows — are still active. They never charted in the US, so not many people here are familiar with them. However, they had considerable success in the UK.


May 11, 2016 at 3:01 pm Leave a comment

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