Guitarist Jet Harris awarded MBE
Published 11/03/2010 | 07:06
Former Shadows guitarist Jet Harris has been awarded an MBE.
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."