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Encyclopedia > Apache (single)

"Apache" was a popular 1960 instrumental song written by Jerry Lordan and recorded by British group The Shadows. The song topped the UK singles chart for five weeks. It has since been covered many times. The record is considered influential, both in its time and later in hip hop music. 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... The Shadows are a British instrumental rock n roll group active from the 1950s to the 2000s. ... The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ... Hip hop music (also referred to as rap or rap music) is a style of popular music. ...

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Recording

The recording was done live at the famous EMI Abbey Road Studio in London. Hank Marvin was just developing the "Shadows's sound." Singer/guitarist Joe Brown had just bought an Italian-built guitar echo chamber. He didn't like it and gave it to Marvin. Marvin then developed a new sound using the echo chamber coupled with heavy vibrato using the tremolo arm of his Fender Stratocaster. Bruce Welch borrowed an acoustic Martin guitar from Cliff Richard, which in itself was a revolutionary step for a rock and roll band. These sounds, together with a heavy melodic bass line by Jet Harris, created a revolutionary sound. Percussion was provided by Tony Meehan (drums) and Cliff Richard, who plays a Japanese drum at the beginning and at the end to provide a "Red Indian" atmosphere. The record producer was Norrie Paramor. He preferred the flip side of "Apache", an instrumental version of the old army song "The Quartermaster's Stores", now called "The Quatermasster's Stores" after the TV series Quatermass. Paramor wanted to make that the A-side, but changed his mind after his daughter preferred "Apache". The EMI Group is a major record label, based in Kensington in London, in the United Kingdom. ... Abbey Road Studios, created in November of 1931 by EMI in London, England, is best known as the legendary recording studio used by the rock bands, Cliff Richard and The Shadows, and The Beatles. ... London is the capital city of the United Kingdom and of England and is the most populous city in the European Union. ... Hank B. Marvin (born Brian Robson Rankin, October 28, 1941, Newcastle upon Tyne, England) is the lead guitarist of the (mainly) instrumental group The Shadows, formed initially as a backing band for Cliff Richard. ... There have been several well-known people named Joe Brown or Joseph Brown, including: Joe Brown (boxer) Joe Brown (judge) Joe Brown (singer) Joe E. Brown (comedian) Joseph E. Brown Joe Brown (climber) Joe R. Brown (Pyhsician) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might... This article is about the technological device. ... Vibrato is a musical effect where the pitch or frequency of a note or sound is quickly and repeatedly raised and lowered over a small distance for the duration of that note or sound. ... A tremolo arm, tremolo bar or whammy bar is a lever attached to the bridge and/or the tailpiece of an electric guitar to enable the player to quickly vary the tension and sometimes the length of the strings temporarily, changing the pitch to create a vibrato, portamento or pitch... The Stratocaster is a model of electric guitar designed by Leo Fender in the early 1950s, and manufactured continuously to the present. ... Bruce Welch is a UK guitarist, songwriter, producer and singer, best known as a member of The Shadows. ... C.F. Martin & Company (Martin) is a US guitar manufacturer that was established in 1833 by Christian Frederick Martin. ... Cliff Richard Sir Cliff Richard (born Harry Rodger Webb in Lucknow, India, on October 14, 1940) is one of the United Kingdoms most popular singers. ... Jet Harris was the bass guitarist with The Shadows until April 1962 Terence Jet Harris was born on 6th July 1939 in Kingsbury, London, England. ... Tony Meehan, (March 2, 1943 – November 28, 2005), was one of the founder members of the British group The Shadows, along with Jet Harris, Hank B. Marvin and Bruce Welch. ... Cliff Richard Sir Cliff Richard (born Harry Rodger Webb in Lucknow, India, on October 14, 1940) is one of the United Kingdoms most popular singers. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the performers, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Norrie Paramor is best known as a record producer, but was also a composer, arranger, and orchestral conductor. ... Professor Bernard Quatermass is a fictional character, created by the writer Nigel Kneale originally for BBC Television, who appeared in three influential BBC science fiction serials of the 1950s, and made his swansong in a final serial for Thames Television in 1979. ...


Nomenclature

The name reflects the source of Lordan's inspiration for the song: the 1954 American western film Apache.


Musical style

The original Shadows version was considered to be revolutionary at the time for its twangy use of guitar and its innovative tribal rhythms. It has been cited by a generation of guitarists as inspirational and is widely considered one of the most influential 45s of the pre-Beatles era. The song has also been cited by Afrika Bambaataa as an important early element of hip hop music with the record being sampled and scratched by many DJs. The acoustic archtop guitar, used in Jazz music, features steel strings. ... Tribal refers to a culture or society based on tribes or clans. ... Events Roman Empire Galba becomes the commander of Legio III Augusta. ... The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ... Afrika Bambaataa (born Kevin Donovan April 17, 1957[1]) is a DJ and community leader from the South Bronx, who was instrumental in the early development of hip hop throughout the 1970s. ... Hip hop music (also referred to as rap or rap music) is a style of popular music. ... Look up scratch in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Cover versions

  • Early British guitarist Bert Weedon also recorded "Apache" in 1960; it made it to number 24 on the charts.
  • Jørgen Ingmann, originally a jazz guitarist from Denmark, also produced a cover version of Apache that, billed to Jørgen Ingmann & His Guitar, made it to number 2 on the US pop chart in 1961, thereby preventing the Shadows' original from charting there.
  • The Ventures covered "Apache" in 1962.
  • Davy Allen and The Arrows recorded "Apache '65" in the named year.
  • In 1970, The Edgar Broughton Band released "Apache Dropout", an inspired pairing of Captain Beefheart's ‘Dropout Boogie’ with The Shadows instrumental hit.
  • In 1972 the Moog-based band of session musicians called Hot Butter released a cover version of "Apache" as follow-up to their hit "Popcorn".
  • In 1973, the song was covered by the Incredible Bongo Band, who added the distinctive bongo drum intro and added more percussion throughout the song. Though not a huge success, the song drove the album Bongo Rock to #58 on the Billboard Black Albums chart.
  • In 1977 a disco-styled music video of Apache featured The Tommy Seebach Band. Set on a rocky hillside, it featured scantily-clad dancers adoring a grinning keyboard player. This version was recognized for its kitsch value and made the rounds of the Internet in early 2005.
  • In 1981, the rap group Sugarhill Gang heavily sampled the Incredible Bongo Band version of the song in their rap song, also called "Apache", on their second album 8th Wonder. In addition to using the distinctive beat and bongo drums, the Sugarhill Gang added rap lyrics on top, with some of their signature references, including:
  • DJ Grandmaster Flash interpolated parts of the Incredible Bongo Band song "Apache" in his song "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel".
  • West Street Mob, a group on the Sugar Hill Records label, made a song which interpolated parts of the "Apache" song by the Incredible Bongo Band; this song was called "Break Dancin' (Electric Boogie)".
  • The Prodigy song "Breakdance Electric Boogie", from their 1999 Dirtchamber Sessions Volume 1 album, includes an extrapolation of the West Street Mob song listed above.
  • Sir Mix-A-Lot played off of the lyrics to Sugarhill Gang's "Apache" in his minor hit "Jump on It".
  • Fatboy Slim recorded a remix song that mostly interpolated the Incredible Bongo Band version of "Apache" which was also used for the Snatch movie soundtrack.
  • Wyclef Jean's "Masquerade" includes the melodic hook played on violin as the song closes.
  • In 2005, Scooter covered this song in the album Who's Got The Last Laugh Now? in a trance music version. The german music team also made a fusion with their another track "Rock Bottom" from the mentioned album.
  • It was used as the beat on the song "We Run This" on Missy Elliott's album The Cookbook.

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"Apache" in popular culture

  • The Shadows' version was featured in the British feature film Scandal.
  • Sugarhill Gang's "Apache" is featured prominently in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story as the theme to White Goodman's courtship of Kate Veach.
  • In The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air sixth-season episode "Viva Lost Wages", Will and Carlton dance to this song in the talent contest.
  • In the movie Drumline, the Morris Brown marching band plays Sugarhill Gang's "Apache" while in the stadium stands. Several of the drum majors also dance to the music.
  • "We Run This" (which samples Apache) was played in the trailer for the movie Stick It.
  • A form of The Sugarhill Gang's "Apache" is played every time an Atlanta Braves player hits a homerun at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia.

Scandal (1998) is a dramatic movie starring Joanne Whalley and John Hurt, written by Michael Thomas and directed by Michael Caton-Jones. ... Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story is a comedy from 20th Century Fox, written and directed by Rawson Thurber and available on DVD or VHS December 2004. ... The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 10, 1990 to May 20, 1996, featuring Will Smith in a fish-out-of-water tale of a streetwise Philadelphia teenager sent to live with rich relatives in a Bel-Air, California mansion. ... A drumline is a group of percussionists who play a variety of marching percussion instruments. ... Stick It is a teen comedy starring Jeff Bridges, Missy Peregrym, and Vanessa Lengies. ...

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Apache (single) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (976 words)
"Apache" was a popular 1960 instrumental song written by Jerry Lordan and recorded by British group The Shadows.
Jørgen Ingmann, originally a jazz guitarist from Denmark, also produced a cover version of Apache that, billed to Jørgen Ingmann and His Guitar, made it to number 2 on the US pop chart in 1961, thereby preventing the Shadows' original from charting there.
DJ Grandmaster Flash interpolated parts of the Incredible Bongo Band song "Apache" in his song "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel".
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