A new career spanning 3 CD set focussing on guitar legend Hank Marvin’s solo career will be released as part of Crimson Records’ successful Gold series.
The 3-disc set focuses on Hank’s solo career, from his eponymous 1969 debut album through to his most recent Top-Ten hit Without A Word in 2017. Hank is joined on this collection by guest appearances from Cliff Richard, Brian May and Duane Eddy, and he duets with Mark Knopfler on re-recordings of two of the classic hits Hank made famous with his group The Shadows.
Hank Marvin has influenced many musicians over the last 6 decades including Mark Knopfler, who as a boy growing up in Newcastle-Upon- Tyne aspired to play guitar like his hero. Knopfler says, “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.”
Hank also 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 The Drifters that later 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 – ‘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 which was to become the instrumental hit of the decade. It made Number One, became an instant classic and saw the start of a string of over thirty hits for the group who pioneered the now familiar band line up of two guitars, bass and drums.
Hank may have been a Shadow for more than three decades but today he stands under his own spotlight having recorded a sustained series of solo albums. Gold will celebrate this with personally chosen tracks including The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, While My Guitar Gently Weeps and The Hawk and The Dove through to recordings from Hank’s 2018 album, Hank including his rendition of the Doctor Who theme.
Hank Marvin Gold will be available on CD from June 28, 2019