Hank Marvin, Jet Harris, Bruce Welch, and Tony Meehan rose to fame as The Shadows, the backing act of Cliff Richard. They went on to achieve individual success with "Apache" and in 1961 released their first EP consisting of "four new offerings". None of the tracks were released as singles in the UK. All the tracks featured on the 1961 South African album Rockin' Guitars, and the 1964 French album Hurrah! For The Shadows. However, the tracks did not feature on a UK album until Mustang was released under the Music for Pleasure label in 1971. They also all featured on their album The EP Collection released under the See for Miles Records in 1988.
Beginning in 1960s, in addition to publishing a long play (LP) chart, Record Retailer also ran an EP chart.The Shadows was released in January 1961 and became a number-one EP on 28 January 1961. Replacing Adam Faith's Adam's Hit Parade it stayed at the top for 17 weeks before being displaced by Faith's EP again in May for one week before reclaiming the top spot on 3 June for a further 3 weeks. Their eponymous EP was replaced their second EP, The Shadows to the Fore, which broke the record for consecutive weeks at number one (23 weeks). In total, The Shadows EP amassed 20 weeks at the top of the EP chart.