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At a Glance

Birthname: Brian Robson Rankin
Nationality: British
Born: Oct 28 1941


Biography

“When I was a kid, all I wanted was a red electric guitar. It had to be red because of Hank and his magical sound.” The words of Mark Knopfler, recalling how as a young lad in Newcastle he dreamed of becoming a guitarist just like his hero HANK MARVIN.

HANK MARVIN too grew up in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne during the 1940s/50s. He first learned to play banjo and gigged with various skiffle groups in the area before he and his school pal, guitarist Bruce Welch, moved to London where they joined Cliff Richard’s backing band and became known as The Shadows.

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“When I was a kid, all I wanted was a red electric guitar. It had to be red because of Hank and his magical sound.” The words of Mark Knopfler, recalling how as a young lad in Newcastle he dreamed of becoming a guitarist just like his hero HANK MARVIN.

HANK MARVIN too grew up in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne during the 1940s/50s. He first learned to play banjo and gigged with various skiffle groups in the area before he and his school pal, guitarist Bruce Welch, moved to London where they joined Cliff Richard’s backing band and became known as The Shadows.

Hank’s metallic echoed picking on a red Fender Stratocaster - with generous employment of tremolo arm - is often regarded as the sound that inspired numerous guitar heroes such as: Jeff Beck, Ritchie Blackmore, Jimmy Page, Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, Brian May, Neil Young and, of course, Mark Knopfler, all of whom cite Hank as a major influence.

Cliff & The Shadows early chart-toppers - Move It, Living Doll and Travellin’ Light - kick-started a truly awesome string of 43 Top 20 hit singles in just ten years, whilst The Shadows alone scored five No.1 hits that included the legendary Apache.

In September 2009 Cliff Richard & The Shadows reunited once again to embark on their 50th Anniversary Tour with a series of 56 sell-out arena concerts across the world.

Since the early 1990s Hank has recorded a sustained series of solo albums. His most recent release - the eponymously entitled HANK - entered the UK Top 10 in June 2014.

More than 55 years on from when he started, Hank B. Marvin is assured his place in British music history.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

“When I was a kid, all I wanted was a red electric guitar. It had to be red because of Hank and his magical sound.” The words of Mark Knopfler, recalling how as a young lad in Newcastle he dreamed of becoming a guitarist just like his hero HANK MARVIN.

HANK MARVIN too grew up in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne during the 1940s/50s. He first learned to play banjo and gigged with various skiffle groups in the area before he and his school pal, guitarist Bruce Welch, moved to London where they joined Cliff Richard’s backing band and became known as The Shadows.

Hank’s metallic echoed picking on a red Fender Stratocaster - with generous employment of tremolo arm - is often regarded as the sound that inspired numerous guitar heroes such as: Jeff Beck, Ritchie Blackmore, Jimmy Page, Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, Brian May, Neil Young and, of course, Mark Knopfler, all of whom cite Hank as a major influence.

Cliff & The Shadows early chart-toppers - Move It, Living Doll and Travellin’ Light - kick-started a truly awesome string of 43 Top 20 hit singles in just ten years, whilst The Shadows alone scored five No.1 hits that included the legendary Apache.

In September 2009 Cliff Richard & The Shadows reunited once again to embark on their 50th Anniversary Tour with a series of 56 sell-out arena concerts across the world.

Since the early 1990s Hank has recorded a sustained series of solo albums. His most recent release - the eponymously entitled HANK - entered the UK Top 10 in June 2014.

More than 55 years on from when he started, Hank B. Marvin is assured his place in British music history.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

“When I was a kid, all I wanted was a red electric guitar. It had to be red because of Hank and his magical sound.” The words of Mark Knopfler, recalling how as a young lad in Newcastle he dreamed of becoming a guitarist just like his hero HANK MARVIN.

HANK MARVIN too grew up in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne during the 1940s/50s. He first learned to play banjo and gigged with various skiffle groups in the area before he and his school pal, guitarist Bruce Welch, moved to London where they joined Cliff Richard’s backing band and became known as The Shadows.

Hank’s metallic echoed picking on a red Fender Stratocaster - with generous employment of tremolo arm - is often regarded as the sound that inspired numerous guitar heroes such as: Jeff Beck, Ritchie Blackmore, Jimmy Page, Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, Brian May, Neil Young and, of course, Mark Knopfler, all of whom cite Hank as a major influence.

Cliff & The Shadows early chart-toppers - Move It, Living Doll and Travellin’ Light - kick-started a truly awesome string of 43 Top 20 hit singles in just ten years, whilst The Shadows alone scored five No.1 hits that included the legendary Apache.

In September 2009 Cliff Richard & The Shadows reunited once again to embark on their 50th Anniversary Tour with a series of 56 sell-out arena concerts across the world.

Since the early 1990s Hank has recorded a sustained series of solo albums. His most recent release - the eponymously entitled HANK - entered the UK Top 10 in June 2014.

More than 55 years on from when he started, Hank B. Marvin is assured his place in British music history.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.