Blue Star

“Blue Star” was originally theme music for the television series, Medic, and was composed in 1955 by Victor Young under the title “The Medic Theme.” A set of lyrics were later added by Edward Heyman (who often worked with Young) and with those lyrics the new title was  “Blue Star,” a new copyright was issued on May 5, 1955.

The Shadows included an instrumental version of the song as the second track on their 1961 eponymous album.

My rendition is basically a cover of the Shadows version with some added instrumentation.

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February 8, 2018 at 4:48 pm Leave a comment

French Dressing

“French Dressing” was originally a track on the Shadows 1964 album, “Dance with the Shadows”. It was written by drummer Brian Bennett. It has a bit of a rockabilly fell.

My version is pretty much a cover with just a few minor changes.

February 7, 2018 at 5:05 pm Leave a comment

Rhythm & Greens

Rhythm & Greens was an extended play 45 rpm record released by The Shadows in 1964. The music was the soundtrack from a films short of the same name, produced and directed by Christopher Miles.

The EP contained 5 songs, with writing credit shared by the four members of the group at the time: guitarist Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch, bassist John Rostill, and drummer Bruce Bennett. The recording was produced by Norrie Paramor.

The first song on side one was titled “Rhythm & Greens” which was also released as a single in 1964 and peaked at #22 on the UK singles charts. The first song on side two is this “Main Theme”.

My version is a straight cover.

February 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm Leave a comment

The Miracle

“The Miracle” was released as the “B-Side” to the Shadows 1964 single “Rhythm and Greens”, which peaked at #22 on the UK singles charts. It was written by the Shadows’ producer Norrie Paramor and M. Carr.

My arrangement is not a cover, as the original version uses an orchestra quite extensively. However, it is in the Shadow’s style and has the same tempo and basic feel. I attempted to place the important orchestral phrases in the lead guitar part.

February 5, 2018 at 7:43 pm Leave a comment

The Magic Doll

“The Magic Doll” was an instrumental track on the Shadows 1966 Album, “Shadow Music”.  It was originally written — along with other tracks on that album — for a Christmas 1965 London Palladium Pantomime show called “Babes in the Woods”, which starred Frank Ifield (I Remember You). Songwriting credit is shared by the four members at the time: guitarists Hank Marvin & Bruce Welch, bassist John Rostill and drummer Brian Bennett.

For the non-British among you, a Pantomime is a theatrical entertainment that involves music, topical jokes, and slapstick comedy and is often based on a fairy tale or nursery story. They are usually produced around Christmas.

My arrangement is basically a cover of the original.

February 4, 2018 at 8:19 pm Leave a comment

Maid Marion’s Theme

“Maid Marion’s Theme” was an instrumental track on the Shadows 1966 Album, “Shadow Music”.  It was originally written — along with other tracks on that album — for a Christmas 1965 London Palladium Pantomime show called “Babes in the Woods”, which starred Frank Ifield (I Remember You). Songwriting credit is shared by the four members at the time: guitarists Hank Marvin & Bruce Welch, bassist John Rostill and drummer Brian Bennett.

For the non-British among you, a Pantomime is a theatrical entertainment that involves music, topical jokes, and slapstick comedy and is often based on a fairy tale or nursery story. They are usually produced around Christmas.

My arrangement is basically a cover of the original.

February 4, 2018 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment

Chu-Chi

“Chu-Chi” was the instrumental “B-side” to the Shadows’ 1965 UK vocal hit “Mary Anne”. Song-writing credit is shared by all four members of the band at the time, guitarists Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch, bassist John Rostill and drummer Brian Bennett.

February 3, 2018 at 3:50 pm Leave a comment

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