Jet Harris

Genres: Musicals & The Arts Pop / Rock
Decades: 2000s


Terence ‘Jet’ Harris (6 July 1939, Kingsbury, Middlesex, England; guitar) and Tony Meehan (b. Daniel Joseph Anthony Meehan, 2 March 1943, Hampstead, London, England, d. 28 November 2005, London, England; drums) began their partnership in 1959 as members of the Shadows. Meehan left the group in October 1961 to take up an A&R position at Decca Records, and the following year Harris began a solo career with ‘Besame Mucho’. ‘The Man With The Golden Arm’ gave the guitarist a UK Top 20 hit prior to reuniting with Meehan in 1963. The duo’s debut single, ‘Diamonds’, was a startling instrumental composition which topped the UK charts, while two ensuing releases, ‘Scarlett O’Hara’ and ‘Applejack’, also reached the Top 5. Each performance matched Harris’ low-tuned Fender Jaguar guitar with Meehan’s punchy drum interjections, and although a bright future was predicted, a serious car crash...

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