Hank Marvin (born Brian Robson Rankin the October 28th 1941 with Newcastle) is a British Guitariste , leader of the rock group The Shadows. It owes its recognition with its syle particular, qualified expressive and melody one.
It inspired by the musicians like Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Brian May, George Harrison, Mark Knopfler, Neil Young, Jeff Beck, Pete Townshend or, in France, Jean-Pierre Danel. Shadows are regarded as the British group most influential in the world before the arrival of the Beatles.
Course with ShadowsPioneers of the European rock'n'roll in 1958, Shadows accumulate the international hits at the beginning of their career, initially in company of Cliff Richard, then in solo. " Apache" in particular, N°1 in the whole world, will upset the pop music in 1960. With " Wonderful Land" (N°1 in 1962, the title more sold in the United Kingdom of all the decade 60s - more than any other individual, including of Beatles), they are the first to mix electric guitars with a traditional orchestra. They connect with N°1 " Foot Tapper" , " Kon-Tiki" or " Dance On" , will be the largest salesmen of disc in the world into 1962/1963 and sign tens of hits in the whole world of until the end from the 60 ' S. They still to date have the group by far more titrated British charts.
They find success after a short separation, with considerable sales and several N°1 in the years 1970 in the United Kingdom (the albums " 20 Greats" Goldens delicious; and " String off Hits" exceed each one the million of sold discs), and many other albums disc of gold and platinum in the Années 1980.
The group separates in 1990 after a last album classified in Signal 5, then is reformed for a best off (new Signal 10 and gold disc in the United Kingdom) and two triumphal rounds in 2004 (United Kingdom primarily) and 2005 (Europe, of which Paris in Large Rex) whose concerts were recorded on a box doubles CD and on 1 DVD " The Shadows Final Tour".
BiographyYoung person, Hank Marvin played of the Banjo and the Piano. He converts with the guitar the day when he understood a piece of Buddy Holly, this is why occasionally he plays alternatively of these instruments during the recordings studio. At the 16 years age, it leaves for London with his friend Bruce Welch, where it meets Cliff Richard with the Two I' S Coffee Bar with Soho. It begins its professional path then.
Hank Marvin was the owner of the first Fender Stratocaster imported in the United Kingdom. Stratocaster, guitar with its brilliance and equipped with a Vibrato largely contributed to the so particular sound of the The Shadows.
In the beginning Cliff Richard dissatisfied of the sound of the guitar of Hank Marvin invites it to choose a news of it. In love with the sound of James Burton, guitarist of Ricky Nelson then later of Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard and Hank Marvin decide to order a guitar of the same mark: Fender. They were unaware of the exact model and asked to the American violin maker a catalog. James Burton played on a Telecaster but Cliff Richard and Hank Marvin fell under the charm from a new model baptized Stratocaster. Although it is also the model most expensive of the catalog, Cliff ordered it for Hank. This guitar is currently (in 2006) in possession of Bruce Welch.
It is important to specify that another essential characteristic of the sound of Hank Marvin lies in the use of famous amplifier AC15 then AC30 of Vox, of which it contributed to the development. This amplifier was then adopted by the Beatles, Queen and the Rolling Stones.
Neither Hank Marvin nor The Shadows have, in spite of some hits, makes a very great career in the United States. Marvin is quoted all the same by Frank Zappa like having exerted very early an influence on its album Mothers off Invention , like by Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young or Afrikaa Bambaataa, in an album of which one finds the first tube of Shadows.
At the same time as he played with Shadows, Hank Marvin began a solid career of artist solo. He tested himself with various styles and materials, returning some ones of his discs of a particular instrumental purity, others only made of sung titles (for example All Alone With Friends ), one with acoustic guitar, and another with an orchestra of guitar ( The Hank Marvin Guitar Syndicate ). All its albums were important hits in England. Hank recorded duets with Paul McCartney (1979), Brian May (of Queen) and Mark Knopfler (To say Straits). He played on scene the title “London Kid” with Jean Michel Jarre at the time of the gigantic concert in London of 1989 " Docklands" destination;.
" Guitar Man" , the new album of Hank Marvin, is a new Signal 10 in Great Britain, being classified N°6 of the charts in June 2007.
Hank Marvin is the type-setter many hits of which " FBI" , Geronimo , " Shindig" , " The Small channel and Fall off Flingel Bunt" , " Nivram" , " Shadoogie" , " Foot Tapper" (N°1 in 1963) and much of others still for Shadows, and of many tubes for Cliff Richard as The Day I Puts Marie , I Could Easily Fall in Coils with You or In the Country .
Since 1986, Hank Marvin lives with Perth, in Western Australia.
Hank Marvin in solo
- Hank Marvin , 1969.
- The Hank Marvin Guitar Syndicate , 1977.
- Words and Music , 1982
- All Alone With Friends , 1983.
- Into the Light , 1992.
- Heartbeat , 1993.
- Would You Believe It , 1994.
- Hank Plays Cliff , 1995.
- Hank Plays Live , 1997.
- Hank Plays Holly , 2000.
- At the Movies , 2000.
- Guitar Player , 2003.
- Guitar Man , 2007.
- Moonlight Shadows , 1986.
- Final The Turn , 2005.
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- Discussion with Hank Marvin
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