|Single by The Shadows|
|B-side||Midnight (Marvin, Welch)|
|Format||45rpm 7" single|
|Label||Columbia 45-DB 4580|
|Writer(s)||Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch, Jet Harris, Tony Meehan|
|The Shadows singles chronology|
"F.B.I." is an instrumental rock tune recorded by the British group The Shadows, written by Peter Gormley. It was released by EMI as a single in February 1961 on the Columbia label with "Midnight" (Marvin, Welch) as the B-side. It spent 19 weeks in the UK Top 40 pop chart reaching #6 on two separate occasions in mid-February and mid-March 1961.
- Hank Marvin – lead guitar
- Bruce Welch – rhythm guitar
- Jet Harris – bass guitar
- Tony Meehan – percussion
- A cover version of F.B.I. with "Wheels" as the B-side (Cat. 45-WB 436) was released in 1963 on the UK Embassy Records budget record label - sold exclusively in Woolworths stores. It was credited to "Bud Ashton" (a generic pseudonym used to represent whatever session musician had actually made the recording).
- Queen guitarist Brian May covered "F.B.I." on the 1996 tribute album Twang! - A Tribute to Hank Marvin & The Shadows, and it later appeared as the b-side of his 1998 single "Why Don't We Try Again".
- Experimental rock group Massacre recorded a cover of "F.B.I." in 1981, which was released on their 2005 reissue of Killing Time.
- Ian Hunter and his band, featuring guitarist Mick Ronson, covered "F.B.I." on the double live disc Welcome to the Club (Ian Hunter album).
Jethro Tull's "From a Deadbeat To an Old Greaser," a cut from the album "Too Old to Rock and Roll, Too Young to Die," contains the line "When bombs were banned every Sunday and the Shadows did F.B.I.".
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