by / March 21st, 2011 /

Jet Harris RIP

Former Shadows bass player Jet Harris passed away over the weekend at his partner’s home in Winchester, two years after being diagnosed with throat cancer. Harris was a member of the skiffle group The Drifters, who later became the Shadows and enjoyed a successful career with Cliff Richard. After leaving the band (in no small part due to Richard’s affair with his then wife), he formed a duo with drummer Tony Meehan and had a hit with the track ‘Diamonds’. He was awarded the MBE last year.