Kon-Tiki (song)

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Single by The Shadows
B-side"36-24-36" (Welch-Marvin-Harris-Meehan)
ReleasedSeptember 1961
Format7" 45rpm
GenreInstrumental rock
LabelColumbia (EMI) 45-DB 4698[1]
Songwriter(s)Michael Carr[1]
Producer(s)Norrie Paramor[1]
The Shadows singles chronology
"The Frightened City"
"The Savage"
Cliff Richard and The Shadows singles chronology
"A Girl Like You"
"When the Girl In Your Arms is the Girl In Your Heart"

"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]


UK Singles Chart 1
Australia 4
France 7
Germany 29
Irish Singles Chart 4
Israel 8
Netherlands 12
New Zealand 3
Norway 7


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.