|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||instrumental guitar easy listening guitar virtuoso|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Brian Rankin, 28 October 1941, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. Marvins metallic, echoed picking on a red Fender Stratocaster (with generous employment of tremolo arm) was the inspirational source of the fretboard pyrotechnics of Jeff Beck, Ritchie Blackmore and many other lead guitarists who began in groups imitating the Shadows, of whom Marvin, in his black, horn-rimmed glasses, was the principal public face. After teaching himself guitar, banjo and boogie-woogie piano at school, Marvins father presented him with a Hofner Congress on his sixteenth birthday. When his Crescent City Skiffle Group won a South Shields Jazz Club talent contest, he was asked to join Bruce Welchs Railroaders. On moving to London, Marvin and Welch operated briefly as the Geordie Boys before enlisting in an outfit called the Drifters, which evolved into the Shadows. While backing and, later, composing songs (such as The Day I Met Marie) for Cliff Richard, the...