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Everything you could want is on this 20-track CD — all six of Harris' 1962-64 singles (several of which co-billed Meehan), a few rare LP and EP tracks, an unreleased song, a solo single by Meehan — every last available item, in fact, from Harris' heyday. An at times cool, but more often foolish, glimpse of British rock just before the Beatles changed the rules. It could have probably been boiled down to an EP of the few first-rate tracks without any harm done.


Born: 06 July 1939 in London, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

One of the more intriguing footnotes to pre-Beatles rock in Britain, Jet Harris first made his mark as the bassist for the Shadows. As they were megastar Cliff Richard's backing group and the most popular instrumental rock band in Britain, it was a shock when Harris left the group to become a solo act. But with frequent assistance from Shadows drummer Tony Meehan, Harris scored a half-dozen hits in a year and a half. (Meehan himself rates as an interesting footnote to rock history, having turned...
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