Me And My Shadows

by Chris Colverson


I am falling-over grateful, as always, to my darling husband Ron, who has constructed this website, and to my long-time friend Chris King, my word-checking person. (I believe it is common, at this point, for authors to add, “All errors are mine.”) Many thanks are also due to my ever-patient family and other friends, who have put up with me while I have been doing all this and, quite often, contributed by buying me gifts that have been used in the writing; and to our neighbours, who have now heard Apache played about 1500 times...

I should also like to say a big thank-you to Malcolm Campbell, who has given me a signed copy of his amazing A Pocket Guide to Shadow Music, to the dear soul who actually made the CD of Alan Freeman on Pick of the Pops 31/1/63 and to Leo’s Den, provider of so many Cliff, The Shadows and Jet & Tony CDs and books. Mighty thanks also to What would I do without you? And a big shout out, please, for Sir Cliff for his wonderful YouTube channel: which has provided me with some top quality videos!

On this site I have used the sources listed below for quotations, photographs and clips from music, film, radio and print media. If you are the copyright holder of any work here and would like a credit or to have your work removed from the site, please use the “contact me” button at the bottom of the page.


Campbell, M. (ed.), Bradford, R., Woosey, L. with Foreword by Pryce-Jones, C. 2006 A Pocket Guide to Shadow Music Idmon Publications, Morpeth, Northumberland, England

Cook, M. 2016 Cliffhanger – The Life & Times of Jet Harris Grosvenor House Publishing Ltd, Tolworth, Surrey, England

Ellis, R. (ed.), Harris, J., Meehan, T., Marvin, H.B., Welch, B. 1961 The Shadows by Themselves Consul edition in association with Souvenir Press, England (out of print)

Ellis, R. 2014 Cliff Richard and The Shadows – A Rock ’n’ Roll Memoir with Foreword by Sir Cliff Richard Tomahawk Press, Sheffield, England

Lamarr, M. (ed.), 1977 British Hit Singles (11th edition) Guinness Publishing Ltd, London

Morgan, R., Turner, A. 2010 Cliffhistory – The Authorised Photographic Memoir Evans Mitchell Books, London

Nicolson, D. 2011 Jet Harris – In Spite of Everything Music Mentor Books, York, England

Read, M. 1983 The Story of The Shadows Elm Tree Books/Hamish Hamilton Ltd, London

Richard, C. 1960 It’s Great To Be Young – My teenage story and life in show business Souvenir Press, London

Richard, C. 1961 Me and My Shadows Daily Mirror, London (out of print)

Turner, S. 2009 Cliff Richard The Bachelor Boy Carlton Books Ltd, London

Welch, B. (with Elson, H.) 1989 Rock ’n’ Roll − I Gave You the Best Years of My Life Viking, London

Newspapers & Magazines

New Musical Express

New Musical Express 1963 Annual

Melody Maker

Meet Magazine Number 11 (Meet Jet & Tony)

Photoplay Magazine October 1963

CD Sleeve Notes

Tobler, J. 1991 The Shadows The Early Years [expanded edition] Their Complete Studio Recordings 1959-1966, LC0542, 6 CD Box Set, Parlophone Records Ltd

Bradford, R. 2004 The Shadows Complete Singles As & Bs 1959-1980, Set no: 7243 578181 2 4, EMI Records Ltd

Dopson, R. 2008 Jet Harris & Tony Meehan Diamonds & Other Gems, RETRO 825, Decca Music Group Ltd

Read, M. 2017 Boxing The Shadows 1980-1990, LC13223, 11 CD Box Set, Demon Music Group Ltd, London


Jet Harris From There To Here, WNRD2564, Director: Mark Windows 2012, Wienerworld Ltd

Websites (Chris Hughes [saxophonist] quotes)


eBay seller 0124offshore64, CDs of Alan Freeman Pick of the Pops.



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