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Hank Marvin

Hank Marvin
Marvin in 2007
Background information
Birth name Brian Robson Rankin
Born (1941-10-28) 28 October 1941
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Genres Rock, instrumental rock, rock & roll, gypsy jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Banjo, guitar, vocals, piano
Years active 1956–present
Associated acts The Shadows, Cliff Richard
Notable instruments
Hank Marvin Signature Stratocaster
Burns "The Marvin" and the "Shadows Custom Elite Guitar"

Hank Brian Marvin (born 28 October 1941),[1] also known as Hank B. Marvin, is an English multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter. He is best known as the lead guitarist for the Shadows, a group which primarily performed instrumentals and was the backing band for Cliff Richard.[1] Marvin uses a clean guitar sound with a Vox amplifier and often uses an echo, also known as delay, for songs like "Apache" and "Wonderful Land". He also developed a distinctive way of using the guitar's vibrato to give a "dreamy feel" to his playing.[2] Many leading British and Canadian rock guitarists cite Marvin as an influence on them.


  • Early life 1
  • Influence 2
  • Solo career 3
  • Personal life 4
  • Early career groups (pre-Shadows/Drifters) 5
  • UK solo tours 6
  • Production credits 7
  • Duets and guest appearances 8
  • Discography 9
    • Singles 9.1
    • Studio and live albums 9.2
    • Compilation albums 9.3
  • See also 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12

Early life

Hank Marvin was born Brian Robson Rankin in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. As a child, he played banjo and piano. After hearing Buddy Holly, he decided to learn the guitar.[1]

He chose the name Hank Marvin while launching his career. The name is an amalgamation of his childhood nickname, Hank, which he used to differentiate himself from friends also named Brian, and Marvin Rainwater, a country and western singer.

Sixteen-year-old Marvin and his Rutherford Grammar School friend, Bruce Welch, met Johnny Foster, Cliff Richard's manager, at The 2i's Coffee Bar in Soho London. Foster was looking for a guitarist for Cliff Richard's UK tour and was considering Tony Sheridan. Instead he offered Marvin the position. Marvin joined The Drifters, as Cliff Richard's group was then known, provided there was a place for Welch.

Marvin met Richard for the first time at a nearby Soho tailor's shop, where Richard was having a fitting for a pink stage jacket. The Drifters had their first rehearsal with Richard at the Webb family home (Cliff's parents) in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire.

Marvin and Jean-Pierre Danel, 2007
Richard and The Shadows, 2009


Marvin influenced many British rock guitarists, including

External links

  1. ^ a b c Hank Marvin – Guitar God.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 42885. p. 197. 4 January 1963. Retrieved 17 June 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d "Hank Marvin: Everyone Has To Move On". 25 September 2007. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Balmer, Paul (2007). The Fender Stratocaster Handbook: How to Buy, Maintain, Set Up, Troubleshoot, and Modify Your Strat. MBI Publishing. p. 7.  
  5. ^ Mark Knopfler introduced him as one of his all-time favourite guitar players at the Dire Straits' 1985 Wembley concert where Hank duetted the song 'Going home' from the movie theme Local Hero (album);
  6. ^ Whitaker, Sterling C. (2003). Unsung Heroes of Rock Guitar. Booksurge. p. 111.  
  7. ^ Prown, Pete; Sharken, Lisa (2003). Gear Secrets of the Guitar Legends: How to Sound Like Your Favorite Players. Hal Leonard. pp. 63, 66.  
  8. ^ Marten, Neville; Giltrap, Gordon (2010). The Hofner Guitar: A History (2 ed.). Hal Leonard. p. 40.  
  9. ^ Gulla, Bob (2009). Guitar Gods: The 25 Players Who Made Rock History. ABC-CLIO. pp. 133–134.  
  10. ^ Giuliano, Geoffrey (2002). Behind Blue Eyes: The Life of Pete Townshend. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 16.  
  11. ^ Clayson, Alan (2002). The Yardbirds: The Band That Launched Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page. Hal Leonard. p. 46.  
  12. ^ Bachman, Randy (2012). Randy Bachman's Vinyl Tap Stories. Penguin. p. 155.  
  13. ^ Gulla 2009, p. 237
  14. ^ Barnes, Jim; Dyer, Fred; Scanes, Stephen (1986). The Book Top Forty Research 2nd Edition 1956-1985 (doc). Top Forty Research Services, N.S.W. Australia, after having been "discovered" by two DJs at 2WG Wagga Wagga. 
  15. ^ "Actor Hurt leads Queen's honours". BBC News.
  16. ^ "The tragic family rift that proves blood is not always thicker than water". The Independent. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  17. ^ Nick McGrath. "Hank Marvin: My family values". the Guardian. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  18. ^ Ross, Deborah (17 March 1997). "Specs, God and rock'n'roll".  
  19. ^ "H". London Slang. 4 May 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  20. ^ Hank Marvin' stars in new Mattessons advert"'".  
  21. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 264.  


See also

  • 1987 Would You Believe It...Plus (reissue of 1969 LP with bonus tracks)
  • 1994 The Best of Hank Marvin & The Shadows No. 19
  • 1995 Handpicked (no chart position)
  • 1997 The Very Best of Hank Marvin & The Shadows The First 40 Years No. 56
  • 1998 Another Side of Hank Marvin (no chart position)
  • 2001 The Singles Collection 'The 80's & 90's' Hank Marvin & The Shadows (no chart position)
  • 2004 Shadowing The Hits (no chart position)
  • 2004 Guitar Ballads (no chart position)
  • 2007 Hank Marvin & The Shadows Play The 60's (no chart position)
  • 2008 The Solid Gold Collection (no chart position)

Compilation albums

  • 1969 Hank Marvin No. 14
  • 1977 Hank Marvin Guitar Syndicate (no chart position)
  • 1982 Words and Music No. 66
  • 1983 All alone with friends (no chart position)
  • 1992 Into the light No. 18
  • 1993 Heartbeat No. 17
  • 1995 Hank plays Cliff No. 33
  • 1996 Hank plays Holly No. 34
  • 1997 Hank plays Live No. 71
  • 1997 Plays the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber No. 41
  • 2000 Marvin at the Movies No. 17
  • 2002 Guitar Player No. 10
  • 2007 Guitar Man No. 6
  • 2013 Django's Castle (Download only - no chart position)
  • 2014 Hank No. 8

Studio and live albums

Year A-side B-side UK Singles Chart[21] Notes
1968 London's Not Too Far (V) Running Out of World (V) (The Shadows)
Columbia DB 8326
1969 Goodnight Dick Wahine
Columbia DB 8552
1969 Sunday For Seven Days Sacha
Columbia DB 8601
1969 Throw Down A Line (V) Reflections
Columbia DB 8615 (Cliff and Hank)
1969 Slaughter on 10th Avenue (The Shadows) Midnight Cowboy
Columbia DB 8628
1970 The Joy of Living (V) Leave My Woman Alone (V) Boogatoo
Columbia DB 8657 (Cliff and Hank)
1970 Break Another Dawn Would You Believe It (V)
(Unreleased, promo only)
1970 Break Another Dawn Morning Star
Columbia DB 8693
1970 Morning Star Evening Comes
(Australia and New Zealand only)
1977 Flamingo Syndicated
EMI 2744 (Hank Marvin Guitar Syndicate)
1981 Sacha / Sunday For Seven Days Morning Star / Evening Comes
(New Zealand only) Hank Marvin EP
1982 Don't Talk (V) Life Line (V)
Polydor POSP420
1982 The Trouble With Me Is You (remix) (V) Captain Zlogg
Polydor POSP479
1983 The Hawk and the Dove (V) Janine
Polydor POSP581
1983 Invisible Man (V) All Alone With Friends
Polydor POSP618
1986 Living Doll
(Cliff Richard and The Young Ones featuring Hank B. Marvin)
1989 London Kid
(Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Hank Marvin)
1992 We Are The Champions (with Brian May) Moontalk / Into The Light (CD)
Polydor PO 229
1993 Wonderful Land (with Mark Knopfler) Hot Rox (CD) / Nivram
Polydor PO297

(V) – Vocal



In addition to the above, Marvin also plays guitar on the following tracks of library music recorded for Bruton Music:

Duets and guest appearances

  • Spaghetti Junction Work's Nice – If you can get it/Step right Up Columbia DB 8935
  • Des O'Connor – Another Side Des O'Connor – LP – NSPL 18559.
  • Flair – Stop look & listen – LP – MLP 15611.
  • Flair – Fair – LP – CC 227324
  • Flair – Fair play – LP – CC 327224

Production credits

  • 1994 – w/Brian Bennett (drums), Ben Marvin (guitar), Warren Bennett (guitar/keyboards), Mark Griffiths (bass)
  • 1995 – w/Ben Marvin (guitar), Warren Bennett (guitar/keyboards), Mark Griffiths (bass), Matthew Letley (drums)
  • 1997 – w/Ben Marvin (guitar), Warren Bennett (guitar/keyboards), Mark Griffiths (bass), Matthew Letley (drums)
  • 1998 – w/Ben Marvin (guitar), Warren Bennett (guitar/keyboards), Mark Griffiths (bass), Matthew Letley (drums)
  • 2000 - w/Ben Marvin (guitar), Warren Bennett (guitar/keyboards), Mark Griffiths (bass), Peter May (drums)
  • 2002 – w/Ben Marvin (guitar), Warren Bennett (guitar/keyboards), Mark Griffiths (bass), Fergus Gerrand (drums)

UK solo tours

  • 7" single – ("Jean Dorothy" on Columbia)
  • Gerry Hurst (vocals), Marvin (guitar), Welch (guitar), Neil Johnson (bass), and Pete Chester (drums)
1958 – The Five Chesternuts
  • live concert
  • Wally Whyton (vocals), Johnny Booker (guitar), Hank Marvin (guitar), J. Harris (bass), and Johnny Pilgrim (wb)
1958 – The Vipers (aka The Vipers Skiffle group)
  • Marvin (guitar), Welch (guitar), Eddie Silver (guitar), George Williams (bass), and Jim ? (drums)
1956–1957 – The Railroaders (#2)
  • Marvin (guitar), Welch (guitar), George Williams (guitar), Jim (drums)
1956–1957 – The Railroaders (#1)
  • Marvin (banjo), John Tate (guitar), Derek Johnson (guitar), Joe Rankin (bass), Mal Malarky (mandolin), and Howard Muir (wb)
1956 – Riverside Skiffle group → Crescent City Skiffle Group

Early career groups (pre-Shadows/Drifters)

In London, Hank Marvin is cockney rhyming slang for "starvin" ("starving").[19] This slang was referenced in a 2012 television advertisement for Mattessons meat company.[20]

Since 1986, Marvin has lived in Perth, Western Australia. He has made impromptu appearances on stage when musician friends visit the area, such as in February 2013 when Richard held a concert at Sandalford Winery. He is a Jehovah's Witness.[18] Marvin runs a recording studio, Nivram studios, part of Sh-Boom studios in Tiverton Street, Perth, owned by Trevor Spencer and Gary Taylor.

He is currently married to Carole, with whom he had two children; Thalia (born 1973) and Ben (born 1975).[17]

Dean died from pneumonia in 1997.

His first wife was Beryl, with whom he had four children; Dean (born 1962), twins Peter and Paul (born 1963), and Philippa (born 1966)[16]

Personal life

While Welch and Bennett became the Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2004 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to music, Marvin declined for "personal reasons".[15]

Marvin dueted twice with French guitarist Jean-Pierre Danel – on his 2007 and 2010 albums, both top-ten hits and certified gold. Their two singles hit the iTunes charts in France, Norway, Finland and Germany, and later (when released as an EP from Danel's compilation The Hit List) in Ireland, United-Kingdom, Poland, United-States, South Africa and Thailand. Marvin also participated on one of his DVDs and wrote the foreword for Danel's book about the Fender Stratocaster.

Marvin and The Shadows reformed for a 2004 Final Tour, and a 2005 European tour was also organised.

In 1992, Duane Eddy guested on Marvin's album Into the Light on the track "Pipeline".

In 1988, Marvin collaborated with French keyboardist and composer Jean Michel Jarre on the track "London Kid", on Jarre's Revolutions album and was a guest in the Jarre's Destination Docklands concert at London's Royal Victoria Dock. Jarre said The Shadows' success had influenced him and led to his decision to devote his career to instrumental music.

In 1977, Marvin played lead guitar on Roger Daltrey's third solo album, One of the Boys, on the tracks Parade and Leon. He co-wrote Olivia Newton-John's 1977 hit 'Sam' with John Farrar and Don Black, and produced albums for the British personality Des O'Connor.

In 1969 and 1970 he teamed with Richard for two 'Cliff & Hank' hit singles, his own song; 'Throw Down A Line' (also recorded by Marvin, Welch & Farrar), and 'The Joy of Living', while Richard also had a hit with his ecology song, 'Silvery Rain'.

Marvin wrote "Driftin'", "Geronimo", "Spider Juice" (his daughter's name for orange juice), "I Want You to Want Me" for The Shadows, and "The Day I Met Marie". He co-wrote Richard's 1960 hit; 'Gee Whizz It's You' with Ian Samwell, With Welch, Brian Bennett, and John Rostill, he wrote hits for Richard, including; "On The Beach", "I Could Easily Fall in Love with You", "Time Drags By", and "In the Country".

In 1970, Marvin and Welch formed Marvin, Welch & Farrar, a vocal-harmony trio which failed to appeal to Shadows fans or to contemporary music fans. They became 'Marvin & Farrar' for a vocal album in 1973 and then reverted to The Shadows in late 1973, for the instrumental Rockin' with Curly Leads album. The Shadows came second for the United Kingdom in the 1975 Eurovision song contest.

Marvin also had a solo career. His first critically lauded self-titled solo album of instrumentals, which featured guitar set to orchestrated backing, was released in 1969 following the first disbanding of The Shadows in late 1968. The single 'Sacha' taken from this topped the singles chart in New South Wales, Australia, having been 'discovered' by two DJs at 2WG Wagga Wagga. [14] His solo career was then suspended due to Shadows reunions, first for a Far East tour and 'live' album in 1969, then a studio album in 1970 ("Shades of Rock") and again in the early seventies. He has experimented with styles and material, doing some purely instrumental albums, some with mostly vocals (e.g. "Words and Music", "All Alone With Friends"), one with only acoustic guitars and one with a guitar orchestra ("The Hank Marvin Guitar Syndicate").

Solo career

In Canada, Cliff Richard and the Shadows had top 10 hits, especially from 1961 to 1965. Canadian guitarists Randy Bachman and Neil Young credit Marvin as influential.[12][13]

[11].Jeff Beck and Ritchie Blackmore [10],Pete Townshend [9],Tony Iommi [8],Roy Wood [7],Steve Howe [6],Peter Frampton [5][3],Mark Knopfler [4],Brian May [3],David Gilmour [3],Eric Clapton [3]

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