Original Shadows Bassist Dies
Jet Harris, who was bassist with The Shadows until 1962, has died at the age of 71.
Born Terence Harris, he got the nickname ‘Jet’ because of his prowess as a sprinter. He joined The Drifters, who were Cliff Richard’s backing band, in 1959, and it was he who suggested their name change to The Shadows.
Harris let the band three years later, due to personal problems. He topped the UK singles chart in 1963 with Diamonds, a song he recorded with Shadows drummer Tony Meehan; Jimmy Page played guitar on this.
By 1967, Harris had given up music, despite briefly being a member of the Jeff Beck Group. He subsequently had jobs as a labourer, bus conductor and porter. Suffering from alcoholism and depression, he got the MBE in 2010. But has spent the last two years battling throat cancer.