Following The Shadows success, many instrumental groups sprung up all over the UK, using the same template in an attempt to replicate their success, but none came anywhere near matching their enormous popularity or stunning 25-hit UK chart career.
However, in the process of attempting to become the next big instrumental success, certain groups left us with UK hits which are still fondly remembered by today's British oldies fans.
Here are just 3 examples:
1. Saturday Night at the Duckpond - The Cougars (1963)
The Cougars were from the city of Bristol in the south-west of England. They brazenly took the melody of a passage from Tchaikovsky's 'Swan Lake' and turned it into a frantic rocker, complete with twanging lead guitar and driving rhythm section. The BBC considered it an assault on culture and banned it from all airplay, which might partly account for the record making a high of only No.33 in the UK charts.
2. Teen Scene - The Hunters (1961)
The Hunters were from the county of Hertfordshire in the south of England and were used as the backing group for a number of UK artists in tne early 60s. They recorded the atmospheric 'Teen Scene' and scored a UK Top 10 hit, but failed to successfully follow it.
3. The Cruel Sea - The Dakotas (1963)
Billy J. Kramer's backing group attempted to have success of their own with this swirling instrumental, written by group member Mike Maxfield, and had a UK Top 10 hit. However, it proved to be a one-off. Incidentally, The Dakotas drummer, Tony Mansfield, is the older brother of 70s songbird Elkie Brooks.
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