Hank Marvin

Hank Marvin  (born 28 October 1941) 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.  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.  Many leading British and Canadian rock guitarists cite Marvin as an influence on them.  (More from Wikipedia)

Even beyond musical influence, the Buddy Holly persona is also evident among British musicians.  In the late 1950’s, at least one British guitarist, Hank Marvin of the Shadows – the premier English instrumental rock band of the 1960’s that also backed Cliff Richard for several years – took the Buddy Holly look on stage, down to the glasses.  Marvin is also reputed to be the first man to bring a Fender Stratocaster guitar to England.  


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