Written by Jerry Lordan, it was first recorded by Bert Weedon in 1960 on the Top Rank label, which everyone knew was the home of terrible numbers, and this didn’t disappoint.
According to Wikipedia, Lordan disliked it as being ‘too jaunty’. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apache_(instrumental) What?! A crematorium would have said it was too downbeat.
The Shadows recorded it on June 17, 1960, and it was released on July 8. It went to the top of the UK chart where it stayed for five weeks.