JET HARRIS - CLIFFHANGER, LIFE AND TIMES OF JET HARRIS - MIKE COOK - BOOK

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This biography about Jet Harris has been written by his longterm friend, Mike Cook.

 

Affectionately known as 'The Godfather' of the Electric Bass Guitar, Jet Harris enjoyed both the fame and notoriety that went with the job, finally finding an inner peace in his later years on the Isle of Wight. A musical legend...


Here is a review of this biography from Clem Cattini of The Tornados:

“Having read the book and having known Jet for many years, it was fascinating to read all of the struggles he encountered early on in his career. This book is a great read but best of all a ‘Cliff Hanger’.

 

This book is over 200 pages and comes with a dozen black and white images.

 

Excerpt from the Book:

 

“Jet’s first recording was with The Vipers.  Summertime Blues / Liverpool Blues on the Parlophone label was to be their only single.  A young Tony Meehan has sat in on a session some months before joining The Shadows, along with the Vipers Skiffle Group earlier in 57.  Lonnie Donegan also had a cover version of Wally’s Don’t You Rock Me Daddy’o and Cumberland Gap.  Lonnie taking the latter to number one as against Wally’s number ten. 

Jet remembered that during one of those early sessions with Wally, history was nearly made as he had suggested playing a few instrumentals.  The producer, a young George Martin sat and listened to this sound that Wally had come up with.  Wally had been experimenting with putting echo on to his guitar.  The result was incredible.  George liked it, but because his work took up all of his time, he was unable to advance it any further.  None of the boys either ever got around to doing anything with it either.

 

The sound was to become synonymous with The Shadows.

 

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