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Guitarist Jet Harris awarded MBE

Published 11/03/2010 | 07:06

Jet Harris has been made an MBE
Jet Harris has been made an MBE

Former Shadows guitarist Jet Harris has been awarded an MBE.

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The 70-year-old, who played with Sir Cliff Richard, is said to have been the first entertainer in Britain to use an electric bass guitar.

He said: "I started becoming famous within the industry, not the public, because everyone wanted to work with me because I had this new instrument."

Harris also named Sir Cliff's backing band the Shadows after they had been using the moniker the Drifters. He left the group in 1962 to pursue a solo career and has continued working in the music industry.

Speaking about the early days, he said: "We were kids. I think I was 19 or something, and we were absolutely festooned with women. It was good at first but it gets a bit tiring after a while."

The frail musician said he would continue touring: "I did a gig on Saturday, I shan't stop. I'm going all around the country."

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