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“F.B.I.” is an instrumental rock tune recorded by the British group the Shadows and released as a single in February 1961. It spent 19 weeks in the UK Singles Chart reaching number 6 in mid-February and mid-March 1961.
Release and reception
“F.B.I.” was written by the Shadows’ Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch and Jet Harris, but due to complicated publishing contracts it was credited to their manager Peter Gormley. The actual composers’ names never appeared on the credits. It was released as a single by EMI on the Columbia label, with the B-side “Midnight”, written by Marvin and Welch. It was released in the United States and Canada in July 1961 on Atlantic Records with “The Frightened City”, written by Norrie Paramor, as the B-side.
Reviewing for Disc, Don Nicholl described “F.B.I.” as “a quick moving melody that may not quite live up to the implications of the title – but which is a very contagious thing all the same”. He also wrote the “Midnight” “seems pretty obviously to have been inspired (consciously or not) by “Sleep Walker”. The same sliding electric guitar technique is used for a similarly lazy melody”.
Unofficial album • Released in 2004
2:08 • Rehearsal • Jan.08 - D3-07 - FBI 8.77
- Session Recording:
- Jan 08, 1969
- Studio :
- Twickenham Film Studios, London, UK
Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.