F.B.I. (instrumental)

"F.B.I." is an instrumental rock tune recorded by the British group the Shadows and released as a single in February 1961. It spent 19 weeks in the UK Singles Chart reaching number 6 in mid-February and mid-March 1961.[2]

"F.B.I."
The Shadows FBI.jpg
Single by The Shadows
B-side"Midnight"
Released3 February 1961 (1961-02-03)
Recorded13 September 1960[1]
StudioEMI Studios, London
GenreInstrumental rock
Length2:18
LabelColumbia
Composer(s)
Producer(s)Norrie Paramor
The Shadows singles chronology
"Man of Mystery" / "The Stranger"
(1960)
"F.B.I."
(1961)
"The Frightened City"
(1961)

Release and receptionEdit

"F.B.I." was written by the Shadows' Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch and Jet Harris, but due to complicated publishing contracts it was credited to their manager Peter Gormley.[3] The actual composers' names never appeared on the credits. It was released as a single by EMI on the Columbia label, with the B-side "Midnight", written by Marvin and Welch.[4] It was released in the United States and Canada in July 1961 on Atlantic Records with "The Frightened City", written by Norrie Paramor, as the B-side.[5]

Reviewing for Disc, Don Nicholl described "F.B.I." as "a quick moving melody that may not quite live up to the implications of the title – but which is a very contagious thing all the same". He also wrote the "Midnight" "seems pretty obviously to have been inspired (consciously or not) by "Sleep Walker". The same sliding electric guitar technique is used for a similarly lazy melody".[6]

Track listingEdit

7": Columbia / DB 4580

  1. "F.B.I." – 2:18
  2. "Midnight" – 2:30

7": Atlantic / 2111 (US and Canada)

  1. "FBI" – 1:52
  2. "The Frightened City" – 2:21

MusiciansEdit

ChartsEdit

Chart (1961) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[7] 60
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[8] 18
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[9] 16
Canada (Vancouver CFUN)[10] 24
France[11] 3
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[12] 18
New Zealand (Lever Hit Parade)[13] 3
UK Singles (OCC)[2] 6

CoversEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Koers, Ivo. "Instrumentation On Shadows Recordings II: The Primary Singles" (PDF). malcolmcampbell.me.uk. p. 6. Retrieved 30 August 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ a b "Shadows: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  3. ^ Bruce Welch; Howard Elson (1989). A Life in the Shadows. London: Viking Publishers. pp. 123–124. ISBN 0-670-82705-3.
  4. ^ "The Shadows - F.B.I." 45cat. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  5. ^ "The Shadows - FBI". 45cat. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  6. ^ "Disc Date" (PDF). Disc. 4 February 1961. p. 10. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  7. ^ Kent, David (2005). Australian Chart Book 1940–1969. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-44439-5.
  8. ^ "The Shadows – F.B.I." (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  9. ^ "The Shadows – F.B.I." (in French). Ultratop 50.
  10. ^ "C-Funtastic Week of September 16, 1961". 16 September 1961. Retrieved 28 November 2021.
  11. ^ "Hits of the World" (PDF). Billboard. 3 July 1961. p. 14. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  12. ^ "The Shadows – F.B.I." (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  13. ^ "Lever Hit Parade". flavourofnz.co.nz. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  14. ^ "Bud Ashton – F.B.I. / Wheels (1961, Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  15. ^ "Bert Weedon – Bert Weedon's 22 Golden Guitar Greats (1976, Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  16. ^ "Twang! - A Tribute To Hank Marvin & The Shadows (1996, CD)". Discogs. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  17. ^ "Massacre – Killing Time (2005, Digipak, CD)". Discogs. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  18. ^ "Ian Hunter – Welcome To The Club - Live (1980, Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved 31 August 2021.