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Posted on March 19, 2011

Terence “Jet” Harris

Bass player for the British group The Shadows

1939 – 2011

British musician Jet Harris, who played bass guitar in Cliff Richard’s band The Shadows, passed away March 18, 2011. Terence Harris, nicknamed “Jet” because he was one of the fastest runners in his school, played with several groups in the mid to late 1950s, including “The Vipers” and “The Most Brothers”. Jet was eventually introduced to British rocker Cliff Richard in 1958. At the time Richard’s band was known as “The Drifters”. However, since there was an American group by the same name, a name change was suggested. According to legend, Jet Harris is the one who suggested “The Shadows”. In addition to backing Cliff Richard, The Shadows also scored hits on their own as an instrumental group. Through the late 1950s and early 1960s “The Shadows” found success on the British charts with “High Class Baby”, “Man of Mystery”, “F.B.I.”, “Guitar Tango” and their biggest hit, “Apache”. “Apache” had a five week run at number one in 1960. Jet’s last recording with “The Shadows” was “Wonderful Land” in 1962, which also made it to number one in the British charts. After leaving the group, Harris teamed up with former Shadows bandmate Tony Meehan and again reached number one with “Diamonds” in 1963. However a serious car crash in 1963 all but ended his career and he faded from the limelight, resurfacing occasionally to team with Meehan and other British rockers for the occasional tour. Jet Harris had been battling cancer for the past two years. Terence “Jet” Harris was 71 years young.

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