"Apache", written by English songwriter Jerry Lordan, is based on the inspiration he drew from the 1954 American western movie Apache. The outstanding Danish jazz guitarist Jörgen Ingmann recorded his version of "Apache" in 1961 that hit #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, #9 on the R&B chart, and reached #1 in Canada. The song was initially recorded by UK guitarist Burt Weedon, however, it was the British group The Shadows version that made it a hit in the UK in 1960. It was cited by guitarists as one of the most inspirational and influential British rock records prior to The Beatles. In recent times, the song "title" was placed on the 100 Greatest Guitar instrumentals list. "Apache" has been covered by many including the popular American instrumental rock band The Ventures, and American jazz, country, and pop guitarist Al Caiola. A vocal version was released by country singer Sonny James in 1961.