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NEW "Shadow" - bass player

Postby hansaustria » Thu Dec 24, 2009 2:27 pm

Did I discover a new member of the Shadows ? Bruce said - " Hello, wer`e the Shadows .............. "

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Sorry - here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMRm2GWZ ... re=related
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Re: NEW "Shadow" - bass player

Postby George Geddes » Thu Dec 24, 2009 3:03 pm

The bassist is the late George Ford who did one Euro tour, and some TV shows.

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Re: NEW "Shadow" - bass player

Postby Jay Bass » Thu Dec 24, 2009 5:41 pm

George Geddes wrote:The bassist is the late George Ford who did one Euro tour, and some TV shows.

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Hi
George ford A excellent Bassist
He was a top session player Mid 1970's
if i remember correctly he worked with steve harley & cockney rebel (come up and see me)
i think he also played the original bass part on Al stewarts (year of the cat) ?amongs others
a really great precision bass sound !

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Re: NEW "Shadow" - bass player

Postby Iain Purdon » Mon Dec 28, 2009 6:59 pm

As many here know, George Ford was the son of Emile Ford, whose band The Checkmates included Alan Hawkshaw, also later to be associated with The Shadows..
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Re: NEW "Shadow" - bass player

Postby JimN » Mon Dec 28, 2009 7:52 pm

Iain_P wrote:As many here know, George Ford was the son of Emile Ford, whose band The Checkmates included Alan Hawkshaw, also later to be associated with The Shadows..


Hmmm....

I always thought that George was Emile's younger brother.

This website:

http://uk.ask.com/music/artist//554807

...seems to bear that out.

If George had been Emile's son, and bearing in mind that he was in his sixties when he died, Emile would have to be a very old man.

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Re: NEW "Shadow" - bass player

Postby George Geddes » Mon Dec 28, 2009 9:21 pm

Cousin, I thought...

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Re: NEW "Shadow" - bass player

Postby Iain Purdon » Mon Dec 28, 2009 10:19 pm

Well I never, I've been labouring under a misconception for years! That'll teach me to pipe up :)
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Re: NEW "Shadow" - bass player

Postby SHADADDICT » Wed Dec 30, 2009 12:11 am

Just as a matter of interest, there were actually 'Three' Fords in The Checkmates . Emil (Sweetnam) and his two Step Brothers, George and David (Sweetnam-Ford) on Bass & Sax respectively.
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Re: NEW "Shadow" - bass player

Postby RayL » Wed Dec 30, 2009 9:56 am

In his autobiography, Bruce mentions Emil Ford as being one of the first to use backing tapes on stage.

"he asked his group (The Checkmates) to record all the music they featured together in the stage act. Emil then turned the tapes into backup tracks - and sacked the band. He didn't need them any more, and he went out on stage every night using two tape recorders for accompaniment. Definitely ahead of his time"

There is no mention in the book of George Ford (though Bruce must presumably have been aware of the relationship).

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Re: NEW "Shadow" - bass player

Postby Ludwig » Wed Dec 30, 2009 10:31 am

Another Emile Ford & The Checkmates "Shadows" link.....

Amanda Street, who runs the Film & Television music production company DNA-Music, is the daughter of Ken Street - who was a member of The Checkmates.

DNA-Music's composers include Brian Bennett, Warren Bennett & Alan Hawkshaw.

http://www.dna-music.com/about.html

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