1959 - 61                       1962 - 63                          1964 - 68

1959: Hank B. Marvin, Jet Harris, Bruce Welch and Tony Meehan

1963: Hank B. Marvin, Brian Bennett, Brian 'Liquorice' Locking and Bruce Welch

1968: Bruce Welch, Brian Bennett, John Rostill and Hank B. Marvin

  1969 - 70                     1970 - 75                            1977 - 90

1969: Hank B. Marvin, Alan Hawkshaw, John Rostill and Brian Bennett

1974: John Farrar, Hank B. Marvin, Brian Bennett and Bruce Welch

80's: Bruce Welch, Hank B. Marvin and Brian Bennett   



Hank B Marvin, born Brian Robson Rankin, 28th October 1941 in Newcastle, England. Name changed by Deed Poll in 1950s to Hank Brian Marvin. Has been "the sound" of The Shadows with his inimitable lead guitar playing since the group's inception in 1958. A longtime champion of Fender guitars, Hank has played Fender's Stratocaster regularly, except for a time during the sixties when he and the group used British made Burns guitars. Notable guitars are The Burns Marvin and the more recent Fender Stratocaster Hank Marvin Signature model. Hank is currently undertaking a solo career and has release 3 albums (Into the light, Heartbeat and Hank plays Cliff) since last playing with The Shadows on their last album Reflection in 1990. Hank's next album is to be Hank plays Holly, which will feature instrumental tributes to the works of Buddy Holly - one of Hank's favourite artists.


Bruce Welch, born Bruce Cripps, 2nd November 1941 in Bognor Regis, in the South West of England. Bruce was an original Shadow who has continued to front the group on rhythm guitar into the nineties. Much of Bruce's recorded rhythm guitar work was done on acoustic guitar and this wasn't realised by potential immitators until many years after the event. Bruce has a reputation for being an excellent rhythm guitarist and producer, and has produced records for Sir Cliff Richard, whom he rescued from the doldrums with the albums I'm nearly famous and Green light, and the hit singles Miss you nights, Devil woman and We don't talk anymore in the 1970's. Bruce is currently producing an album for singer /songwriter Gerry Williams from Plymouth, England. Another of Bruce's forthcoming projects is to be a Bruce Welch guitar instrumental album in hich he will perform with other artists.


Brian Bennett, born in London, England, 9th February 1940. Brian was drummer with Marty Wilde's Wildcats before reforming into the Krew Kats. Replaced Tony Meehan as drummer in The Shadows in October 1961. Continued as The Shadows drummer until the group's hiatus commenced around 1990. Has now resigned from The Shadows, but did record with Hank on his first two 1990's solo albums and toured the UK with him in 1994. Brian is currently busy writing music for television and has released solo albums of his work. Brian's son Warren has taken on the job of doing musical arrangement for Hank Marvin's recent recordings and also plays keyboards in the studio and on tour. Warren Bennett has also done solo recording including the new album Close to the hedge with Mark Griffiths on guitars. Mark is well known as bass guitarist for both The Shadows and Hank Marvin.


Terence Harris, born in Kingsbury, Middlesex, England, 6th July 1939. Bass guitarist with The Shadows from the outset until April 1962, when he was replaced by Brian Locking. Teamed up with fellow ex-Shadow Tony Meehan and had hits in 1963 with Scarlett O'Hara and Diamonds. Jet's continuing addiction to alcolhol has consistently marred his career as an excellent bass player. Jet is credited with naming The Shadows, when they found that the name, The Drifters, was inappropriate.


Daniel Joseph Anthony Meehan, born in Hampstead, England on 2nd March 1943. Shadows drummer from the start until October 1961. Teamed up with fellow ex-Shadow Jet Harris and had hits in 1963 with Scarlett O'Hara and Diamonds. Tony was replaced as Shadows drummer by Brian Bennett and went on to be a producer with Decca records.


John Henry Rostill, born Kings Norton, Birmingham, England, 16th June 1942. Shadows bass guitarist for 7 years and very talented composer who wrote for The Shadows and Olivia Newton-John. Tragically died in his home studio on November 26th, 1973 and never lived to see his writing reap international awards for LET ME BE THERE, which sold in excess of 1,000,000 copies in the USA alone. Songs recorded by The Shadows include I WISH I COULD SHIMMY LIKE MY SISTER ARTHUR and WINDJAMMER. Essential reading on John Rostill is the book FUNNY OLD WORLD by Rob Bradford priced at 15 pounds (posted, I think) from 43 Humber Close, Thatcham, Berkshire, England.

BRIAN "Liquorice" LOCKING (Shadow)

Born on 22nd December 1940, in Bedworth, Coventry. Later he moved with his family to Grantham and on leaving school, joined British Rail as a fireman. After eighteen months, Brian left to work in a mens-wear shop. Brian became involved in the skiffle scene and learned to play harmonica. Although only with The Shadows as bass guitarist for eighteen months, Brian featured with harmonica on the tracks Bo Diddley and Dakota.


Born on November 8th, 1945, in Australia. Played with the Melbourne group The Strangers, when he impressed The Shadows with his guitar playing and singing. Was approached by Hank Marvin & Bruce Welch to join them in a "Crosby, Stills & Nash" type vocal group to be known as Marvin, Welch & Farrar! Stayed with that line-up until The Shadows reformed in 1973, then became The Shadows' second lead guitar! Left for America to write and produce for Olivia Newton-John. Recorded an excellent eponymous solo album in 1980 which failed to sell. Notable for his contribution to the movies Grease & Xanadu. Has been working with Cliff Richard recently on the music for Heathcliff.

© 1995, 1996, 1997 Richard Beyer


Alan was a member of Emile Ford's Checkmates in the early sixties but his main work was that of a session musician. When Bruce quit the band to retire in 1968, Alan was asked to step in for their UK and Far East tours.

This led to a considerable change in the 'Shadows sound', as Alan's piano and keyboard backing took over from Bruce's rhythm guitar. This can be clearly heard on the two LPs that the Shadows recorded with Alan, "Shades of Rock" and "Live at Sankei Hall". Alan's keyboard is also much in evidence on the classic single "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue".

From 1972 onwards, Alan released several solo albums. In 1979 he joined up with the Shadows again to provide keyboard arrangements for the highly successful "String of Hits" album.

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CLIFF RICHARD (associate)

Born Harry Rodger Webb, in Lucknow, India, 14th October 1940. Name changed to Cliff Richard by deed poll then knighted Sir Cliff Richard in the Queen's bithday honours in June 1995. Cliff is the only artist to have hits in the charts in every decade since he first hit the charts in the late 1950s. Cliff's backing group was The Shadows until 1968, but since then that have come together for special occasions. Cliff's latest recording is Songs From Heathcliff, as stage show that is to be opened in 1996. Cliff is well known for his Christian beliefs and evangelistic concert tours, as well as his rock and roll career.

JERRY LORDAN (associate)

Born Jeremiah Patrick Lordan in Paddington, London, 30th April 1934. Vocalist who had a UK hit in 1960 with self-composed song Who could be bluer. Jerry also composed of some of The Shadows greatest hits, including Apache, Wonderful Land, Atlantis, Mary Anne, Santa Ana. He co-wrote The Shadows' Mustang and Hank Marvin's hit Sacha, Morning star and High Sierra. Jerry's wife Petina wrote Shadows hit A place in the sun. Jerry also wrote hits Scarlett O'Hara & Diamonds for Jet Harris and Tony Meehan. Jerry died in July 1995 aged 62, following a short illness.

© 1995, 1996, 1997 Richard Beyer

The Shadows have had more hits in their own country than any other British group, including The Beatles. They have stayed at the pinnacle of the music world for more than thirty years.                                                    

The story of The Shadows began in the 50's in the cradle of British rock'n roll; the basement of the 2 Is' coffee bar in Soho, London. The girls wore pencil skirts , the boys wore pink coates and white carnations, and The Shadows grew from the musicians who backed Cliff Richard. An incredible series of Shadows-hits followed, both with Cliff and on their own, including such golden greats as Apache, Bachelor Boy and Summer Holiday. They started at the top and stayed there; three decades on, many of  The Shadows' tunes have become classics, the group was until 1990 still making million-selling records and performimg on sell-out international tours.

Source: "The story of The Shadows", an Authobiography with Mike Read, 1984.

Benefit from - a complete list containing all available tunes issued by "The Shadows" and at which CD you will find the tunes. Benefit as well from with The Drifters, Marvin Welch & Farrar, Marvin & Farrar Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch, and John Rostill. 

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Music on this page: "The Savage", (Nov-61, "Peace Pipe" at the B-side).

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