The Shadows

Apache

Composed by Jerry Lordan

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The Shadows' third single, and the performance upon which their entire reputation -- and much of their repertoire -- would be based, "Apache" was a pulse-pounding rip through a Jerry Lordan instrumental, all twanging guitars and tribal rhythms, which took the U.K. chart by storm in early 1960. It was one of the most sensational records of the age, and debuted what, unbeknownst to many observers, would prove one of the most sensational groups. Hitherto, after all, the Shadows had been known only as Cliff Richard's backing band, a nifty little combo with a penchant for rattling out the occasional number when the boss man wasn't looking. Now, however, they were off and running, and while in America the Shadows' version was utterly over-shadowed by a less-than-intricate cover by Jorgen Ingmann, "Apache" is widely credited among the most influential 45s of the pre-Beatles era. The impetus for an entire generation of would-be guitar-slingers to leap up in emulation of the bespectacled Hank Marvin, it has been cited as a major inspiration by more guitarists than most people could name.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Shadows' Greatest Hits 1963
20 Golden Greats 1977 EMI Music Distribution 2:52
No Image 1980 EMI Music Distribution
Hits of 1960 1988
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:55
No Image 1990
Various Artists
Rhino
The First 20 Years at the Top 1995 EMI Music Distribution 2:56
Collection [Disc 1] 1996 EMI Music Distribution 2:55
Shadows Are Go! 1996 Scamp 2:54
1960: A Time to Remember - 20 Original Chart Hits 1997
Various Artists
A Time To Remember 2:58
Best of the Shadows [Disky 1997] 1997 Disky 2:27
Best of the Shadows [Disky 1998] 1998 Disky Communications 2:55
40 Hits: 1960-1964 1999
Various Artists
Millennium Hits (Netherlands) 2:53
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Disky
The Best Jukebox Album in the World...Ever! 2000
Various Artists
Virgin 2:54
30 All Time Greatest Hits 2000 EMI Music Distribution 2:56
Collection U.K. 2000 EMI Music Distribution 2:55
Original Chart Hits 2000 EMI Music Distribution 2:57
The Very Best of the Shadows 2000 EMI / EMI Music Distribution 2:53
Music of the Twentieth Century: 1960-1979 2000
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:55
Golden Greats [2 Disc] 2000 EMI Music Distribution 2:56
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Disky 2:54
Story 2000 EMI Music Distribution 2:55
The Best of Hank Marvin & the Shadows 2001 Polygram 2:53
No Image 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
The Early Years 1959-1966 2001 EMI Music Distribution 2:56
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 2:54
Up the Junction: 60 Original 1960's British Classics 2002
Various Artists
Disky 2:54
Up the Junction [CD3] 2002
Various Artists
Disky 2:54
50 Golden Greats 2003 EMI Music Distribution 2:56
The Best of the Shadows [EMI UK] 2003 EMI Music Distribution 2:27
Life Story: The Very Best of the Shadows 2004 Universal International 3:01
The Complete Singles A's & B's 1959-1980: 21 Years at the Top 2004 EMI Music Distribution 0:00
Everyone's a Winner: 60 Original No. 1's 2004
Various Artists
Empire Triples 2:54
Essential 2004 EMI Music Distribution 2:56
Everyone's A Winner: 20 Original No. 1's [CD1] 2004
Various Artists
Disky 2:54
No Image 2005
Various Artists
ZYX Music
The Platinum Collection 2005 EMI Music Distribution 2:57
Greatest Hits of the 60's 2006
Various Artists
Disky 2:54
This Is... 1960 2008
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire / Parlophone / Warner Music 2:55
Pink Floyd's Jukebox: The Songs That Inspired the Band 2010
Various Artists
Chrome Dreams / United States of Distribution 2:52
1960 British Hit Parade: Britain's Greatest Hits, Vol. 9, Pt. 2 2011
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:55
The Hits of the 60s [DST] 2012
Various Artists
Dst / Music & Melody 2:56
Latest & Greatest: Great British Artists 2012
Various Artists
USM Media 2:55
No Image 2013 Parlophone
Britain's Greatest Hits 1960 2013
Various Artists
Fabulous 2:56
Beatles Beginnings, Vol. 4: The Cavern Club 1961-62 2013
Various Artists
History of RnB Records 2:51
The Greatest Ever Rock 'N' Roll 2014
Various Artists
Bellevue / Wienerworld 3:10
The Best Of, Vol. 1: Apache, Guitar Tango... and More Hits 2017 Artemis Records / Zebralution
Boxing the Shadows 2017 Demon Records / Edsel 2:59
1960 British Hit Parade, Vol. 2: July to December
Various Artists
Future Noise Music 2:58
No Image Parlophone / Warner Music 2:55
No Image EMI Music Distribution / Parlophone 2:54
No Image Labelle
No Image EMI Digital / Parlophone 2:54
Die 60er Schlagerparty, Folge 1
Various Artists
Com-Es Musik Schallplatten / Zebralution 2:55
Die Schlagerparade: Top Hits der 50er & 60er
Various Artists
ZYX Music 2:54
Fifties Heart Throbs
Various Artists
Roastin
Greatest Hits EMI Digital / Parlophone 2:54
Guitar Heroes: 100 Great Guitar Classics
Various Artists
100 Hits / Demon Music Group / DMG 100 / EMI 2:52
Massive Hits!: Number 1s
Various Artists
EMI 2:55
Musicbox: Giganten, Folge 1
Various Artists
Zebralution 2:55
Original Hits From the 50's
Various Artists
10Ten Media
Pin-Up Hits Collection
Various Artists
Puzzled Records / Zebralution 2:53
Rolling Stones Beginnings, Vol. 2: Yesterday's Papers
Various Artists
History of RnB Records 2:51
Shadows: The Collection EMI / Parlophone / Warner Music 2:55
The  Essential Shadows EMI Digital / Parlophone 2:54
The Early Beatles Repertoire 1960-61: Beatles Beginnings Nine
Various Artists
Rhythm and Blues 2:51
The History of Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 6 [Excalibur]
Various Artists
Excalibur