This song was written by the English songwriter Jerry Lordan. He initially gave the song to Bert Weedon, but was unhappy with the result. With that version’s release on hold, Lordan next taught the song to this group, who he was on tour with at the time. They were the first group to release the song (July 1960) and it went to number one in seven countries. Since, the song has found continued success from being covered or sampled by artists such as Jørgen Ingmann, the Incredible Bongo Band, The Sugarhill Gang, Sir Mix-A-Lot, and many others. Because the melody is now associated with classic hip hop, it’s nice to remember its roots.
The Shadows - Apache (1960)
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