Bruce Welch and Adoption

Bruce Welch of The Shadows, 2007




Welch's mother died when he was five and he was raised by his aunt.

In 1957 while still at school he formed a band called the Railroaders. After winning a talent contest in London the following year, they were asked to join Cliff Richard's backing band, The Drifters, which later became The Shadows. He was more than just a band member; he produced albums for Richard in the 70s, wrote some of Richard's best-known songs and "discovered" Olivia Newton-John. He stayed with the band for the next 30 years, with only one short break.


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