Kon-Tiki (song)

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"Kon-Tiki"
Single by The Shadows
B-side "36-24-36" (Welch-Marvin-Harris-Meehan)
ReleasedSeptember 1961
Format7" 45rpm
Genre Instrumental rock
Label Columbia (EMI) 45-DB 4698 [1]
Songwriter(s) Michael Carr [1]
Producer(s) Norrie Paramor [1]
The Shadows singles chronology
"The Frightened City"
(1961)
"Kon-Tiki"
(1961)
"The Savage"
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Cliff Richard and The Shadowssingles chronology
"A Girl Like You"
(1961)
"When the Girl In Your Arms is the Girl In Your Heart"
(1961)

"Kon-Tiki" is an instrumental tune by the Shadows. It became a No. 1 hit in the UK Singles Chart in October 1961. [2] It was the fifth Shadows hit and their second to reach the top of the UK chart. [1]

An instrumental is a musical composition or recording without lyrics, or singing, although it might include some inarticulate vocals, such as shouted backup vocals in a Big Band setting. Through semantic widening, a broader sense of the word song may refer to instrumentals. The music is primarily or exclusively produced using musical instruments. An instrumental can exist in music notation, after it is written by a composer; in the mind of the composer ; as a piece that is performed live by a single instrumentalist or a musical ensemble, which could range in components from a duo or trio to a large Big Band, concert band or orchestra.

The Shadows British rock group

The Shadows were an English instrumental rock group, and were Cliff Richard's backing band from 1958 to 1968 and have also collaborated again on numerous reunion tours. The Shadows have placed 69 UK charted singles from the 1950s to the 2000s, 35 credited to the Shadows and 34 to Cliff Richard and the Shadows. The group, who were in the forefront of the UK beat-group boom, were the first backing band to emerge as stars. As pioneers of the four-member instrumental format, the band consisted of lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass guitar and drums. Their range covers pop, rock, surf rock and ballads with a jazz influence.

UK Singles Chart British singles sales chart

The UK Singles Chart is compiled by the Official Charts Company (OCC), on behalf of the British record industry, listing the top-selling singles in the United Kingdom, based upon physical sales, paid-for downloads and streaming. The Official Chart, broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and MTV, is the UK music industry's recognised official measure of singles and albums popularity because it is the most comprehensive research panel of its kind, today surveying over 15,000 retailers and digital services daily, capturing 99.9% of all singles consumed in Britain across the week, and over 98% of albums. To be eligible for the chart, a single is currently defined by the Official Charts Company (OCC) as either a 'single bundle' having no more than four tracks and not lasting longer than 25 minutes or one digital audio track not longer than 15 minutes with a minimum sale price of 40 pence. The rules have changed many times as technology has developed, the most notable being the inclusion of digital downloads in 2005 and streaming in July 2014.

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Charts

Chart
(1962)
Position
UK Singles Chart 1
Australia 4
France 7
Germany 29
Irish Singles Chart 4
Israel 8
Netherlands 12
New Zealand 3
Norway 7

Personnel

Hank Marvin English musician; guitarist for the Shadows

Hank Brian Marvin is an English multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter. He is best known as the lead guitarist for the Shadows, a group which primarily performed instrumentals and was the backing band for Cliff Richard, and subsequently for Marvin, Welch & Farrar.

Bruce Welch English musician

Bruce Welch is an English guitarist, songwriter, producer, singer and businessman best known as a member of the Shadows.

Terence "Jet" Harris was an English musician. He was the bass guitarist of The Shadows from 1958 until April 1962, and had subsequent success as a soloist and as a duo with the drummer Tony Meehan.

Meehan was replaced by Brian Bennett in the Shadows line-up whilst this single was still at No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart. [1]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 61. ISBN   0-85112-250-7.
  2. "SHADOWS - full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company . Retrieved 16 October 2016.