2021 Song Draft- Round 3 Pick 8- Run-Sew-Read selects- ‘Apache’- The Shadows.
Instrumental written by Jerry Lordan
Released 1960; reached #1 on the UK singles chart
The Shadows were not the very first to record and release Apache; that recording was by influential UK guitarist Bert Weedon, a few months before The Shadows’ version. The Shadows’ version was recorded at Abbey Road Studios.
The Shadows: https://youtu.be/QhIs1k8yuPU
In 1964, Apache was recorded and released in the US by The Ventures, who gave it more of a surfer music vibe. I enjoy The Ventures’ version, but the Shadows version is my favorite.
The Ventures version: https://youtu.be/B33bV0J5hLs
There is a lengthy Wikipedia page on this song, which includes an assertion attributed to George Harrison that The Beatles played Apache in their Hamburg gigs. I want to hear that.
There are guitar experts in this draft who I know could write a superb technical review of this song. You know who you are, and are welcome to share your expertise in your comments. I have very little guitar knowledge, so I won’t attempt it. I merely enjoy hearing the song.
For some of my draft picks, the only way to narrow down the long list of songs was to make categories. Apache topped my ‘Instrumental’ category. My other instrumental contenders were (in no particular order): Walk Don’t Run, Music Box Dancer, Dueling Banjos, Wipeout, Rumble, Love is Blue, Raunchy, and Classical Gas. Basically, I could have done an entire Top 10 of nothing but instrumentals. But Apache was the first one that came to mind; and with each instrumental song I considered, it stayed at the top of the list.