Kon-Tiki (song)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Single by The Shadows
B-side "36-24-36" (Welch-Marvin-Harris-Meehan)
Released September 1961
Format 7" 45rpm
Genre Instrumental rock
Label Columbia (EMI) 45-DB 4698[1]
Writer(s) Michael Carr[1]
Producer(s) Norrie Paramor[1]
The Shadows singles chronology
"The Frightened City"
(April 1961)
"The Savage"
(16 Nov 1961)
Cliff Richard and The Shadows chronology
"A Girl Like You"
(16 Jun 1961)
"When the Girl In Your Arms is the Girl In Your Heart"
(6 Oct 1961)

"Kon-Tiki" is an instrumental tune by the Shadows. It became a No. 1 hit in the UK Singles Chart in October 1961.[2] It was the fifth Shadows hit and their second to reach the top of the UK chart.[1]


Meehan was replaced by Brian Bennett in the Shadows line-up whilst this single was still at No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 61. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  2. ^ "SHADOWS - full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
Preceded by
"Johnny Remember Me" by John Leyton
UK number-one single by The Shadows
5 October 1961
Succeeded by
"Michael" by The Highwaymen