Just to let you know BBC4's Shadows documentary, which includes footage of their first TV appearance on 'Oh Boy!' will be aired on 1st May. Also featured will be Jack Good's promotional film of 'Apache' recorded in London's Park Lane in September 1960.
The BBC apparently asked production company Spun Gold if there were any groups left 'that hadn't been done?' The BBC were unenthusiastic about The Shadows but reluctantly agreed to its commission if it was made on a shoestring budget...which it was and completed in just 6 months! I offered them the 'Oh Boy! clips to liven up a documentary which would otherwise be padded with the same old BBC and Studio Canal footage everyone had seen time and time before.
"THE SHADOWS AT SIXTY" Friday 1st May 2020 at 21:30
"A look back at the incredible success of The Shadows as they celebrate their 60th anniversary. Starting from where they began as The Drifters to then becoming the backing band for Cliff Richard and enjoying huge success in their own right, the programme celebrates The Shadows’ achievements across a time of constant change within the social, cultural and musical landscape.
The Shadows were at the forefront of the UK beat boom generation and the first backing group to emerge as big stars in their own right. Using unseen archive, personal testimony and interviews with the band, along with those they influenced, including Brian May, David Gilmour, Pete Townshend, The Shadows at Sixty is not just a trip down memory lane, but an in-depth, often emotional story of a group’s journey through six decades."
I finally got around to watching 'The Shadows At Sixty' last night, very enjoyable despite omitting some important things (Cliff's affair with Jet's wife creating tensions in the band, Bruce finding John Rostill's dead body, etc). Coincidentally, I've been reading the 1983 book by Mike Reid, which is surprisingly candid: