Posted by themusicsover on March 18, 2011
Terence “Jet” Harris
July 6, 1939 – March 18, 2011
Photo by Harry Hammond
Jet Harris was a bassist who is perhaps best remembered as one of the founding members the English pop band, the Shadows. Originally a jazz musician, it is widely believed that Harris was one of the first, if not THE first English musician to start playing the electric bass. The year was 1958, and before long, Harris was playing in a group called the Drifters who were serving as Cliff Richard’s backing band. They soon changed their name to the Shadows who would ultimately go on to release nearly 70 charting singles in the U.K. Richard himself, would later go on to have a very successful solo career. In 1962, Harris left the Shadows due to friction within the group. He went on to release a handful of moderately successful solo records, and played briefly in the Jeff Beck Group, but by the early ’70s, he was out of the music business and working various manual labor jobs. He returned to playing in the late ’80s and continued to do so up until just prior to his death. In 1998, Fender Guitars recognized him with a Lifetime Achievement Award for popularizing the electric bass in Britain. On March 18, 2011, Jet Harris died following a two-year struggle with cancer. He was 71.
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Posted by themusicsover on November 26, 2009
June 16, 1942 – November 26, 1973
John Rostill was an English musician and songwriter who is perhaps best remembered as a bassist for one of England’s most successful rock groups, the Shadows. With 69 UK charting singles (including 17 #1s) they have been recognized as England’s third most successful charted singles act in history. Only Cliff Richard and Elvis Presley sit above them. They are also credited for being one of the very first and most influential rock bands to come to prominence in the years leading up to the Beatles. After playing around London, at times backing such visiting acts as the Everly Brothers, Rostill was hired by the Shadows as a replacement for Brian Locking. He played with the band from 1963 to 1968. After the group broke up in 1968, Rostill performed in Tom Jones’ touring band during the early ’70s. He was also a successful songwriter, having been recorded by Presley and Olivia Newton-John (“Let Me Be There,” “If You Love Me, Let Me Know,” and “Please Mr. Postman”). By late 1973, the Shadows had reformed and Rostill was about to join back with them when tragedy struck. On November 26, 1973, John Rostill, 31, was accidentally electrocuted while working in his home studio.
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