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Thursday 27 July 2017

Guitarist Jet Harris awarded MBE

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

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."

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