THE BEATLES MARATHON sessions at the Star-Club, Hamburg are legendary. Seven- and eight-hours a night was the norm.

I can't say The Raiders played sets this long, but it was by no means uncommon to go onstage around 8pm and carry on until the early hours with only a couple of short breaks.

Even in the earliest days, The Tarm Diaries (see The Raiders home page) record "..on for about 3 hours. Long session of solid non stop twist..." (Saturday April 21st 1962).

This sort of pace didn't let up. At a gig on Saturday
The Tarm Diaries

Saturday 16th May 1964
"Went over to Ralph’s in aft for practice with Paul, Ralph & Beau. Robin looked in for an hour. Got through 50 numbers in the aft. Tea there. Set off for the evening booking at 7.15, met agents on way over. Went to Selby, a party after a wedding. Played in huge marquee in garden of really posh house with posh guests. Went OK but we had to keep it quiet, ended at 12.00. (2 hrs early). Most of guests & us moved on to remote private house & carried on … Took Paul home & got home myself at 2.15. Ralph & Beau got a lift back from a drunk chap. Terrified!"

March 14th 1964, the big man makes the point "..Played from 8.45 - 1.30 & played most of time apart from supper time...".

Perhaps even more telling is the Diary entry for Saturday May 16th 1964 (see insert). Fifty numbers in one practice session! And this isn't a fanciful memory! It comes fresh from jottings that were put down at the time.

And that started me thinking; "Just how big was The Raiders' repertoire?"

OBVIOUSLY, WHILST THE ODD popular number could be repeated, it wouldn't have gone down too well if the band had kept churning out the same twenty or thirty tunes. So what did we play?

The Raiders began as a (mainly) instrumental unit, then branched out into other genres as the scenes changed. Straight rock 'n' roll, R&B, pop, even skiffly/folky things came into - and, in some cases, swiftly passed out of - the repertoire as we kept audiences entertained.

IN THE TABLES BELOW, I've only included details of tracks that I can remember playing, or that have been thrown up by The Tarm Diaries.

I remember several numbers that we rehearsed but never included in the live show. "Can Can '62" was one. Ferrante and Teicher's "Theme From Exodus" was another. And I distinctly recall spending a lot of time on an early song of mine called "By My Side" the day before our 2 "I's" Coffee Bar set in Soho in 1964. That never made it, either!

I KNOW THE FOLLOWING repertoire lists are incomplete. I can remember about one hundred and thirty songs. But there are others; probably many more.

So, if you had a favourite number, The Raiders played it, and I've missed it, please e-mail me and jog my memory!

Now, how many of these ring a bell...?

Apache The Shadows
Applejack Jet Harris & Tony Meehan
Atlantis The Shadows
Backward Tsipar, The The Raiders
Besame Mucho Jet Harris & Tony Meehan
Boys, The The Shadows
Breeze And I, The The Shadows
Cruel Sea The Dakotas
Dance On  The Shadows
Desafinado Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd
Diamonds Jet Harris & Tony Meehan
Driftin' The Shadows
El Cumbanchero The Ventures
FBI The Shadows
Foot Tapper The Shadows
Forty Miles Of Bad Road Duane Eddy
Frightened City, The The Shadows
Geronimo The Shadows
Giant The Shadows
Grandfather's Clock, My ?
Greensleeves ?
Guitar Tango The Shadows
Gypsy Beat The Packabeats
Havah Nagila The Spotnicks
High Noon Salt 'n' Pepper
In The Hall Of The Mountain King Nero & The Gladiators
I Remember The Raiders
Jet Black The Shadows
Kon Tiki The Shadows
Let's Go The Routers
Little 'B' The Shadows
Lonely One, The Duane Eddy
Magic Carpet The Dakotas
Mexican, The  The Fentones
Midnight The Shadows
Movin' (a version of the 1956 hit "Honky Tonk") Bill Doggett (Raiders' version learned from
'Tin Hartley's "Four Skins" band in Bramhope)
Mustang The Shadows
My Blue Heaven Duane Eddy
My Bonnie ?
Never On A Sunday Melina Mercouri
Nivram The Shadows
Orange Blossom Special The Spotnicks
Peace Pipe The Shadows
Perfidia The Shadows
Pipeline  The Chantays
Quatermasster's Stores The Shadows
Riders In The Sky The Ramrods
Rumble, The The Shadows
Sandstorm Johnny & The Hurricanes
Saturday Night At The Duck Pond The Cougars
Savage, The The Shadows
Scarlett O'Hara Jet Harris & Tony Meehan
Shadoogie The Shadows
Shane The Shadows
Shazam Duane Eddy
Shindig The Shadows
Shotgun The Shadows
Some Other Love Bert Weedon
Sorry Robbie Bert Weedon
South Of The Border The Shadows
Spring Is Nearly Here The Shadows
Stranger, The The Shadows
Theme For Young Lovers The Shadows
Theme From The Boys The Shadows
Walk Don't Run The Ventures
Wipeout The Surfaris
Wonderful Land The Shadows
You Are My Sunshine Duane Eddy

All Day And All Of The Night The Kinks
All My Loving The Beatles
Bachelor Boy Cliff Richard
Bits And Pieces The Dave Clark Five
Blueberry Hill Fats Domino
Bo Diddley The Shadows
Boys The Beatles
Can't Buy Me Love The Beatles
Dimples John Lee Hooker
Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying Gerry & The Pacemakers
Do You Love Me Brian Poole & The Tremeloes
Do You Wanna Dance Cliff Richard
Footstomp Jet Harris & Tony Meehan
From Me To You The Beatles
Game Of Love, The Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders
Glad All Over The Dave Clark Five
Good Golly Miss Molly Little Richard
Hard Day's Night, A The Beatles
Hard Headed Woman Elvis Presley
Hi Heel Sneakers Tommy Tucker
Hippy Hippy Shake The Swinging Blue Jeans
House Of The Rising Sun The Animals
I Believe Elvis Presley
I Call Your Name The Beatles
I Feel Fine The Beatles
I Saw Her Standing There The Beatles
I Want To Hold Your Hand The Beatles
If I Had A Hammer Trini Lopez
I'll Be On My Way Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas
I'll Never Get Over You Johnny Kidd & The Pirates
I'm A King Bee The Rolling Stones
In The Midnight Hour Wilson Pickett
It Only Took A Minute  Joe Brown
It's All Over Now The Rolling Stones
I've Got My Mojo Working The Zombies
Johnny B Goode  Chuck Berry
Let's Twist Again  Chubby Checker
Long Tall Sally Elvis Presley
Lucille The Everly Brothers
Maybelline Chuck Berry
Michael The Highwaymen
Money The Beatles
My Babe Little Walter
Nobody Loves Like An Irishman Lonnie Donegan
Not Fade Away The Rolling Stones
Only The Heartaches Houston Wells & The Marksmen
Party Elvis Presley
Peggy Sue Buddy Holly
Picture Of You, A Joe Brown
Please Please Me The Beatles
Raining In My Heart Buddy Holly
Roll Over Beethoven The Beatles
Round And Round Chuck Berry
Satisfaction The Rolling Stones
Shaking All Over Johnny Kidd & The Pirates
She Loves You The Beatles
Shot Of Rhythm And Blues, A Gerry & The Pacemakers
Stupidity Kingsize Taylor & The Dominos
That's What Love Will Do Joe Brown
Tired Of Waiting For You The Kinks
Twist And Shout The Beatles
Walking The Dog The Rolling Stones
We Say Yeah Cliff Richard
What'd I Say Ray Charles
Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On Jerry Lee Lewis
You Can't Do That The Beatles
You Really Got Me The Kinks
You'd Better Move On The Rolling Stones
You'll Never Walk Alone Gerry & The Pacemakers
Young Ones, The Cliff Richard
You're No Good The Swinging Blue Jeans

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