Jet Harris

Jet Harris

Birth
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Death 18 Mar 2011 (aged 71)
Winchester, City of Winchester, Hampshire, England
Burial North Waltham, Basingtoke and Deane Borough, Hampshire, England
Memorial ID 67081505 · View Source
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Rock Musician. He was one of the most prolific bass guitarists to hail from Britain during the 1960s. Born Terrence Harris, he was dubbed "Jet" by his schoolmates because of his quickness as a runner. After leaving school at the age of fifteen, he worked with his father as a welder's apprentice while seeking a profession as a musician. Initially, Harris (who learned the clarinet) was drawn to jazz, but later took up the double base advancing to the electric bass guitar. His first experience of playing in a band was with the Skiffle group The Vipers, and in 1958 he joined Cliff Richard's backup band The Drifters. After a name dispute with the American vocal group The Drifters, they were renamed The Shadows. In 1962, Harris departed and would achieve the pinnacle of his career when he paired with former Shadows' drummer Tony Meehan, as their union produced the instrumental hit "Diamonds" (1963) which topped the UK Charts and followed it with "Scarlet O'Hara" (1963) and "Applejack", both Top-Ten hits. A serious automobile accident in 1963, led to many years of obscurity in the music industry (except for a brief period of working with guitarist Jeff Beck in 1967) and personal issues including a lengthy bout with alcoholism. He focused on photography during the 1970s, and by the late-1980s he resumed recording and performing which included a reunion with Tony Meehan. In 1998, he was recipient of the Fender Lifetime Achievement Award and was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2010.

Bio by: C.S.


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  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 18 Mar 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 67081505
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jet Harris (6 Jul 1939–18 Mar 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 67081505, citing Basingstoke Crematorium and Gardens of Remembrance, North Waltham, Basingtoke and Deane Borough, Hampshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .