I have a clear memory of listening to this in a booth on the first floor of the electrical shop in Beckenham with friends after school. I can’t quite remember the name of the shop – it was something like Robertson’s but not quite. We got the assistant to play several records then I chose this one. It was 6s 8d. It was released in May 1963 and I was 15 the following month.
It was written by Jerry Lordan who also wrote the Shadows’ Apache and Wonderful Land. It got to No 2 in Britain. I doubt if it was released in America.
The group’s line-up by then was Hank Marvin (lead guitar), Bruce Welch (rhythm guitar), Brian ‘Licorice’ Locking (bass guitar) and Brian Bennett (drums).
Here they perform it in 2016.