Brian Robson Rankin (born 28 October 1941), Newcastle upon Tyne, known
by the stage name Hank B. Marvin, is an English guitarist, lead guitarist
He has a distinctive guitar sound and appearance, primarily using
a clean sound with very high reverb and vibrato giving a dreamy effect.
Marvin influenced many later guitarists, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page,
Pete Townshend, Mark Knopfler,
and Andy Powell are among many who acknowledge his influence. Although
neither Marvin nor the Shadows were ever well known in the United States,
despite several appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show, Marvin is listed by
Frank Zappa as an influence on the first Mothers of Invention album,
Carlos Santana's nickname in his formative years was Apache
was one of the earliest pieces he learned to play.
After the Shadows disbanded in 1968 Marvin, while continuing to appear
and record with Cliff Richard, began a solo career with a
in 1969; it reached number
14 in the album charts. In the early '70s, he reunited with Welch and
also John Farrar as Marvin, Welch and Farrar. The trio recorded both
an eponymous LP and Second Opinion, and then Marvin and Farrar recorded
an additional album as a duo.
Marvin moved to Australia and became a Jehovah's Witness in 1973, but
later joined a re-formed Shadows. The group resumed recording, and hit
the Top Ten in 1978-79 with
Don't Cry for Me Argentina and
Theme from The Deerhunter."
Hank Marvin's only chart success as a solo act was 1982's
Words and Music,
which featured the U.K. hit
All Alone with Friends in 1983,
and then re-appeared in the '90s with four albums -
Into the Light,
Hank Plays Cliff and
Hank Plays Holly.
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