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Hank Marvin, The Shadows And Beyond


Hank Marvin, Legendary Guitar Hero

Hank Marvin (the lead guitarist with The Shadows, the UK's foremost instrumental group) - a legend amongst guitarists - has been named by so many rock guitarists (of a sixties and seventies vintage) including Brian May and Mark Knopfler, as their inspiration. Hank has also inspired so many other players of a certain age (including me) during his career spanning 5 decades.

Although to be fair, I have seen many youngsters at The Shadows' fan conventions, including a number playing in the "young guitarists" contests. He has also inspired a massive number of "leisure" guitarists who still, 50 years on meet at clubs around the UK and play their hearts out to be "Hank" for a few minutes once a month. No other guitarist to my knowledge has had such a long lasting and incredible following.

I am one of those "would-be-Hanks", and this tribute is a thank you to one of my boyhood heroes.

I intend to cover the early beginnings, the amazing days as lead guitarist with Cliff Richard's backing band The Shadows and their subsequent career as the UK's most outstanding instrumental group ever. Passing through a short break as Marvin, Welch and Farrar; a close harmony vocal group and closing on his solo career with references to his current jazz concerts and his song writing.

You will also find links to guitar tabs of his hits and CD's of backing tracks for those who want to re-create those heady days of yore.

Now living in Australia, Hank has given his fans so many wonderful memories over the last half a century, and is still producing great albums.

The above image of Hank Marvin is in the public domain

More About Hank - And His Echoes

In a recent (Oct 2011) BBC Radio 4 program, "The Thing About Hank", Hank's guitar sound was reviewed. After mentioning the Fender itself (the materials, the pick-up windings and the whammy bar) the Meazzi echo unit was mentioned. Strangely no-one mentioned the amplifier and other sound equipment. But, and a big but, was the fact that only Hank sounded like Hank. It was agreed that it was easy to play the beautiful, melodic music but not easy to sound like Hank, he was unique. It was agreed that it was the player rather than his equipment which was the important ingredient. Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler and Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera all described how they were influenced by Hank in their formative years.

The soundtrack from this program has been included on the links below. It is in two parts lasting about 30 mins in total. Covering many more things than the echo sounds it is well worth while listening to. A further video of a much more technical nature is also linked to below.

  • The Thing About Hank, Part 1 of 2
    A You Tube video of the radio program referred to above with added photographs of Hank Marvin and his career.
  • The Thing About Hank, Part 2 of 2
    A You Tube video of the radio program referred to above with added photographs of Hank Marvin and his career.
  • Details of Hank's Echoes
    A video aimed at guitarists with an interest in hearing the sound of the various echo units used by Hank Marvin and The Shadows. Emphasis is given particularly to the post Meazzi era that included the Binson, Echoplex and various Roland echo units, u

A Tribute To Hank Marvin And The Shadows - On The CD, "Twang"

This CD released in 1996, contains some of the best guitar instrumentals from the Shadows' hits portfolio, played by some of the worlds most well-known rock legends. I have to admit that it has become a firm favourite of mine and I would recommend it to any lover of melodic guitar music. Here is a track listing:-

Ritchie Blackmore: Apache

Brian May: FBI

Tony Iommi: Wonderful Land

Steve Stevens: The Savage

Hank Marvin: The Rise & Fall Of Flingel Bunt

Peter Green & The Splinter Group: Midnight

Neil Young & Randy Bachman: Spring Is Nearly Here

Mark Knopfler: Atlantis

Peter Frampton: The Frightened City

Keith Urban: Dance On

Andy Summers: Stingray

Bella Fleck & The Flecktones: The Stranger

And a few of the tracks from You Tube .............

wally whyton vipers skiffle group

wally whyton vipers skiffle group

The Early Days, Before The Drifters

A journey To The Shadows Begins

As a youngster, Hank played banjo and piano but after he heard a record of one of Buddy Holly's songs with a guitar solo, he decided to learn to play the guitar. Hank Marvin played with several groups as a youngster, mostly with his good friend Bruce Welch. Then one day fortuitously, they met Cliff (now of course Sir Cliff) Richard and his manager at the 2I's coffee bar (that is two i's not 21 the number) .

The photo with this module is of The Vipers skiffle group but shows the line-up without Hank.

1956 - Riverside Skiffle group later to become The Crescent City Skiffle Group

Hank Marvin (banjo), John Tate (guitar), Derek Johnson (guitar), Joe Rankin (bass), Mal Malarky (mandolin), and Howard Muir

1956-1957 - The Railroaders

Hank Marvin (guitar), Welch (guitar), Eddie Silver (guitar), George Williams (guitar), Jim ? (drums)

1958 -The Vipers (aka The Vipers Skiffle group)

Wally Wyton (vocals), Johnny Booker (guitar), Hank Marvin(guitar), J. Harris (bass), and Johnny Pilgrim (wb)

1958 - The Five Chesternuts

Gerry Hurst (vocals), Hank Marvin (guitar), Welch (guitar), Neil Johnson (bass), and Pete Chester (drums)

When he was 16, he travelled with his Rutherford Grammar School friend Bruce Welch to London, where he met Johnny Foster, Cliff Richard's manager, at The 2i's Coffee Bar in Soho. Foster was looking for a guitarist for Cliff Richard's upcoming tour of the U.K. He had actually been looking for guitarist Tony Sheridan but by chance he met and discovered Hank. who agreed to join as long as there was also a place for Bruce Welch. The Drifters, as Cliff Richard's group was then known, were to begin their careers as professional guitar players and change the face of english pop music.

The Early Years: 1959-1966 - New Boxed Set Of 6 CD's

THis is a re-issue of an earlier collection of the early output of this fantastic band. It now has been augmented with mono versions and stereo versions which have never before been issued on CD. I have to still to see a complete track listing but it is available for sale September 2013. I just need to compare this with some of the albbums and so-called private fan-recordings I own before putting in my own order. Although this will contain lots of older material, it will be of interest to the completist who wants it all.

Hank Marvin Solo Album

Hank Marvin Solo Album

Hank Marvin And The Shadows

From The Drifters To 1968

Cliff's new group with Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch, was called the Drifters. Other members were, Ian Samwell (bass) and Terry Smart (drums). On the first tour with cliff in 1958, Jet Harris took the place of Ian and the following year Tony Meehan replaced Terry. This was the line-up that became the original Shadows.

As the Drifters they released two singles, however they had problems with The Drifters vocal group in the USA and so were forced to change their name. The Shadows were born. after one more single failed (a vocal) they were offered a tune by composer Jerry Lordan called Apache. This was recorded and became a world-wide hit, staying at top spot in the UK for six weeks. Unfortunately a cover in the states became the hit so they missed out in this lucrative market. And The Ventures were just starting up and cornered the niche for an instrumental group.

A series of hits followed and it wasn't until 1967 that they released a record without seeing chart success. Towards the end of this period after having had a number of personnel changes, Hank Marvin and Brian Bennett ( Drums) both released their own LP's which had very modest success. Although Hank Marvin's single "Sacha" made it to number one in Australia.

The history of The Shadows is left quite bare here, I am intending to cover this episode in a separate article, with further reference to the group.

Second Opinion Marvin Welch Farrar

Second Opinion Marvin Welch Farrar

Marvin, Welch and Farrar

1970 - 1973

Marvin, Welch and Farrar were formed by Hank and Bruce after one of The Shadows low periods which resulted in the group splitting-up. It was an attempt to change from being an instrumental group and focus on a west-coast sound, i.e vocal harmonies. Many people forget that the original groups formed by the two friends were vocal groups. Hank and Bruce invited John Farrar, an australian vocalist / guitarist to join them in this venture. He had been in a group called The Strangers who performed on the same bill as The Shadows and they were very impressed.

Despite a great reception for the albums and in appearing on TV and in concert, the die-hard Shadows' fans would not accept the change of direction for the UK's top instrumental group, and MW&F never really became accepted by a new set of fans.The group were well respected as musicians and songwriters nevertheless. In a further disapppointment the group was never really accepted in the states.

In 1972 Bruce Welch left the group although Hank and John recorded another album and continued as a duo for another 12 months. In 1973 Hank and Bruce decide to give in to the fans and agree to come together 2 or 3 times a year to record new material.

The shadows specs appeal

The shadows specs appeal

Hank Marvin And The Shadows

From 1970 To 1980

The Shadows were not a constant on the music scene in the seventies. Numerous personnel and other changes were seen during this time, more of this in the Lens, The Shadows - The Legend.

In the early seventies two vocal albums were issued by the band under the name Marvin, Welch and Farrar as we saw above.

In 1973 The Shadows reformed as a (mostly) instrumental group which included John Farrar as a second guitar and featured vocalist. An album with a different sound was released to some acclaim. Hank's solos utilised modern "fuzz" effects to great effect on Rocking with Curly Leads.

In 1974 the group seemed to take some time off, but the following year were selected by the BBC to represent the UK in the Eurovision song contest. The album Specs appeal ( the image for this module) was released to coincide with this contest, containing all six of the UK's Song For Europe entries and other original songs.

The next major album release in, 1977, by EMI was 20 Golden Greats and many people remember the TV advert of the young boy miming to Hank's lead with a cricket bat. It was a resounding success leading to the group reforming again. 1979 saw the release of Cavatina reaching the singles charts and a new album, A String Of Hits, reaching number 1. The decade came to an end with Another String Of Hot hits, another album but not this time quite so successful.

Hank marvin

Hank marvin

Hank's Solo Career

And more Of The Shadows

In the eighties, The Shadows released a number of albums which mostly did well in the charts with one notable exception, "Guardian Angel". Although crtically acclaimed the fans did not like the change in style and it did not sell well. Hank and the others became involved in individual projects, for Hank this meant vocal albums, "Words and Music" and "All Alone With Friends". During this period Hank released several singles mostly from the albums but with little chart success.

In the nineties, Hank released several albums. Falling back on his old style and using covers of hits of the day. He undertook several tours of the UK with support from his son Ben on guitar; and from Brian Bennet and his son Warren on keyboards. The base players and other keyboard players were, as with the Shadows, hired for the tours.

In 2002, "The Guitar Player" made #10 in the charts. In 2004 The Shadows reformed for a farewell tour which was so successful that they repeated it the following year in Europe.

In 2007, Hank released his "final" album, "Guitar Man" which made it to #6 in the UK album charts. This was reputedly his final studio album.

Throughout the career of The Shadows and Hank Marvin many compilation albums have been released and these still sell well with the many fans.

hank marvin plays jazz guitar

hank marvin plays jazz guitar

Hank Marvin And Jazz

A Life-long Interest

The Shadows first album contained a track, Stand Up And Say That, a self-penned jazzy number featuring Hank Marvin on the piano. It was given critical acclaim at the time of release and can be heard played by Cliff Hall and the Local Heroes on You Tube. (Just click thru to 3.50secs on the video to miss Nut Rocker, if you are short of time.)

More evidence of this side of Hank is found on "The Guitar Player", his last studio album from which this photo is taken. There have unfortunately been very few examples of this gendre in a long and illustrious career.

I found this article and thought it was worthwhile linking to. There has always been a jazz influence in Hanks work but it was well hidden by the need to back Cliff and then in pleasing his fans with the big hits.

check this out : Django Reinhardt, Hank Marvin intersect at gyspy jazz fest

"I've always liked jazz and improvising, and I really got into this music. It's such a different way of playing and there are chord sequences that we don't use in rock 'n' roll. I got on a roll with the Favino and used it on most of the tracks on my acoustic album, Since then I've had so many positive comments. Brian May from Queen asked me, "How did you get that sound?'"And the other night I did a gig in Perth and people were saying the same thing."

Hank Marvin quoted in Guitar Player.

But deeper exploration into the world of gypsy jazz also involved serious work on Hank Marvin's technique, which goes to show there's always something to learn even when you're a fixture in lists of the greatest rock 'n' roll guitar players.

View three You Tube videos of Hank playing this gendre in Australia one , two and three.

News of Hank comes in very slowly these days but he appeared at the Perth International Jazz Festival on 25th May, 2013. Hank of course was on lead guitar, and accompanied by Nunzio Mondia on accordion, Gary Taylor on rhythm guitar and Robbie Pisano on double bass.

NEW GYPSY JAZZ ALBUM (see image above) featuring Hank with Nunzio Mondia and Gary Taylor from the above line-up at Perth has now been released to fave reviews from the jazz orientated music press. Sales are also doing very well as of today.

Another Side Of

Hank Marvin.

The Song Writer.

hank marvin first solo album

hank marvin first solo album

Hank Marvin The Songwriter

Some Of My Favorite Hank Marvin Songs On Video

Of course people may say that I am biased but I am going to try to list some of my favourite songs from Hank's pen. I will start off with songs that he has either written or co-written for Cliff Richard, in fact some of these were massive hits for Cliff in the early days. I have had a job restricting this list to manageable numbers.

Unfortunately they are not all available on YouTube, however they have been linked to a video where available.

The song, "Gee Whiz Its You" was reportedly written on a return flight from the USA, when an air hostess asked how do you write a song. Hank and Bruce produced the number straight away." The Day I Met Marie" was one of Cliff's favourite songs.

Hank had a hand in something like 161 tunes for The Shadows although only 12 were credited to him alone. Many were credited to 2,3 or even 4 of the group members, possibly a sharing attitude which explains why they were together for so long. As above, I have restricted the list to only a very few numbers.

A number of vocals were penned for the Marvin, Welch and Farrar era, lasting only a short time but producing some very lovely songs.

And Finally, of course Hank penned songs for his own solo releases.

Just happened to visit a forum in which a post mentioned that Hank Marvin was included in the top 100 songwriters in a special edition of Classic Rock Magazine. Unfortunately there doesn't appear to be any order to the list but it was compiled from rocks's greatest songwriters. Praise indeed.

Some Of My Favourite Hank Marvin Compositions - Maybe They Could Be Yours?

Just one or two of the songs that I especially like, reflecting my own personal tastes in music obviously. If these don't grab you, head over to You Tube and search for Hank Marvin, you will find many of these songs on there.

Quotes By / About Hank Marvin And The Shadows - Plain And Simple Speaking

Over most of their career, volumes were written about The shadows, here are one or two snippets that I think should be repeated. There are also a couple by Hank himself which bear repeating.

  • Hank on advice to sing by George Harrison
    On hearing The Shadows first vocal record, Don't Make My Baby Blue" after their big instrumental hits; George Harrison is quoted as saying that they should have concentrated on vocals. Hank says we must have been idiots not to take his advice.
  • Bruce Welch On That 1st UK Stratocaster
    After Hank saw Buddy Holly and The Crickets on tour he searched the UK fruitlessly for a red stratocaster. In the end Cliff Richard ordered one for him direct from the USA. When it arrived and we opened the case, the guitar just took our breath away.
  • Hank's Early Influences
    Hank Marvin often quoted as his early influences people like Scotty Moore, Buddy Holly or James Burton, but even before that he listened a lot to Django Reinhardt.
  • Tributes to Hank Marvin and The Shadows
    Marvin influenced many guitarists, including Brian May, David Gilmour, Pete Townshend, Mark Knopfler, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Peter Frampton, Tony Iommi, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. What a list? Although neither Hank Marvin nor the Shadows were
  • Cilff Richard joking about Hank's songs
    Every once in a while, a great song comes along. Until one does, I'm going to sing one of Hank's. - Cliff Richard's little joke.
  • Peter Frampton on Hank Marvins Influence
    Peter Frampton, like many English guitarists, states his big influences were Hank Marvin of The Shadows and Bert Weedon, he played in a band at school called the TrueBeats. "It started basically because of the Shadows and Hank Marvin. He was really t
  • A modest guy.........
    Hank Marvin on the other hand seems to be one of the most modest people you could ever hope to meet despite being the inspiration and hero of people like Mark Knoppfler, Eric Clapton, Dave Gilmour and the list goes on... A comment on a video on YouT
  • David Gilmour
    Another guitar great who has cited Hank Marvin as an influence is David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, who wanted a red Fender strat because Hank had one.
  • Readers recommend: songs about eavesdropping from The Guardian
    The Shadows were swept aside by Beatlemania. But whisper it: you can hear the Shadows' influence on a wide range of music that made Hank Marvin a guitar hero to a generation.
  • Hank on the Marvin And Farrar album
    Hank described this album as Frankenstein meets The Beach Boys.
  • Hank on the fans reception of Marvin, Welch and Farrar.
    In the Batley Variety Club we walked off stage to the sound of our own footsteps!
  • Hank on fans at their 50th anniversary concerts
    I find it incredibly moving when you get such affection from an audience - you can feel it, you can almost grab hold of it
  • Cockney rhyming slang
    Hank Marvin has been adopted to mean "starving" in cockney rhyming slang. I guess is recognition of some sort for my hero, LOL. This link refers to a recent TV advert for a snack food.
  • The Thing About Hank
    A 30 minute BBC Radio 4 program all about Hank Marvin. Listen to Jimmy Page, Mark Knopfler and others have to say about his style and sound and how he inspired a generation of guitarists.
  • From the Gold Badge Award Ceremony, British Academy Of Songwriters 2009
    Hank Marvin, who owned the U.K.'s first Fender Stratocaster, recalled how he became a guitar player after early enthusiasm for the banjo. "There's only two things worse than a banjo," he observed, "and that's two banjos."

Hank Marvin On Video - Finally, Hear Hank Marvin At His Best

I have picked a few videos which will allow you to hear the best Of Hank Marvin, as bought to you on YouTube.

Hank Marvin Style Playing Still Acknowledged

Guitar Techniques, the magazine, still features work by Hank on its pages. In the May 2012 issue they feature 14 easy licks. Number one is in the style of Hank Marvin, a mostly stepwise melody in A minor with a little bit of tremolo arm shake at the end of each phrase. They make the point that using the tremelo whilst picking is not as easy as it seems.

With the emphasis on "shredding" in some quarters, denoting a good guitarist it is satisfying to know that melodic playing such as Hank excels at, is not forgotten by a magazine like this. Of course the magazine has sections on all aspects of guitar playing, I would not like to be thought of as running down Guitar Techniques Magazine.

The Guitarist Magazine, March 2012, reports that David Gilmour of Pink Floyd has been voted, with comfortably Numb, as having the greatest guitar tone of all time.

Many may disagree with this, after all it is a very personal issue; but the comments I have read in forums e.g Music Radar suggest that people are annoyed that their favourite guitar player has not been included.

It is a poll of the sound on a particular track. Hank Marvin appears at number 7, with the sound on Wonderful Land. Not sure what this really means but again it shows that Hank has not been completely pushed out of the limelight.

hank marvin and the drifters

hank marvin and the drifters

Who Inspired Hank Marvin?

Who Were Hank's Guitar Heroes?

On the subject of jazz, Hank showed proclivities for this gendre very early on in his career with The Shadows. Obviously there were the skiffle artists of the era but were they his real inspiration? Django Reinhardt and the 50's jazz guitarists have been suggested as possible early influences. But Hank himself always seems to mention early american guitar players like Scotty moore Elvis' guitarist on "Heartbreak Hotel" and James Burton who played with Ricky Nelson and later with Elvis.

Eddie Cochran and Buddy Holly have also been mentioned, and we shouldn't forget that Hank and Bruce initially saw themselves as vocalists.

With the recent death of Bert Weedon, many of today's great guitar players in the UK mention Bert as an inspiration. The Shadows recorded a version of Bert's Guitar Boogie Shuffle, their own version was called Shadoogie and featured on their first album. It is also a fact that Bert recorded Apache before The Shads but the recording was not released until after The Shads stunning version which of course stormed the charts.

Stratocaster Legend - Hank Marvin & Dick Dale

This video tells a little of the story of the Fender Stratocaster, mine is a lowly mexican made model but the video ends with an auction at Christies in New York, where Eric Clapton's "Old Blackie" went for $959000. This You Tube video is a short taster of a video which is available from Amazon.co.uk I have not seen it on the USA site.

hank marvin and the shadows

hank marvin and the shadows

Hank Marvin's guitars

Do You Want To Play Like Hank Marvin

Many fans of Hank Marvin are also guitarists and want to play and sound like Hank. It is not unusual to find some will copy the kit right down to the plectrum he used and want information on the instruments and techniques that he uses on stage and in his recordings.

The most obvious piece of kit must be the Fender Stratocaster. Hank has become synonomous with the red ( or is it salmon pink) Stratocaster and indeed has had a range of these instruments named after him. I am not a technical guitarist so will not try to describe it in detail but to find more information on this instrument you will not do better than to read the comments in ShadowMusic Forum on the subject. Or alternatively, Hank Marvin - SOUND & TECHNICAL., anolther forum this one dedicated to Hank. Some very expert contributors to both of these forums. If you are seriously interested in playing like Hank Marvin or in The Shadows sound, then belonging to either or both of these seems like a very good idea. The first is the more well established but both have their share of expert players and techies.

For a short time from 1964 to 1970 The Shadows took on a new image with the arrival of the Burns Marvin Guitar, read about this instrument and Hank's thoughts on it's development. Again the forums above will have experts on this instrument and its capabilities.

Of course very early recordings and indeed some notable songs were played on acoustic guitars, and now that Hank is playing gypsy jazz he is again using acoustic instuments.

And Of Course The Guitar Strings

On stage Hank used to use three of Custom Shop (Signature) Strats. This was basically because they each had a different gauge of strings.

  • One was strung with heavy strings for the original Shadows numbers.
  • The main guitar used a compromise set (11 to 50's) for most of the remainder of the play list.
  • The third guitar was strung with 10 to 46's, for a rock medley where there was an element of country style playing on one number.

Of course there was always a short section(s) using an acoustic guitar which Hank had made for himself.

Guitar Tabs For Hank Marvin And The Shadows Hits - How To Play Like Hank Marvin

There are a number of places on the internet where guitarists can aquire the hits of The Shadows ( and Hank) in a tablature notation. Just the thing for all you budding Hank Marvins. Many popular hits can be found for free but there are sites which provide the more difficult to find tabs for a small fee.

  • Ultimate Guitar
    About 140 tabs available on this site
  • FretPlay
    A smaller resource than ultmate gutar, but claimed to be accurate
  • 911 Tabs
    I can't say how much duplication there is on these sites but this is another very full list
  • The Shadows web community
    contains guitar tablature, chords, bass tablature and lyrics of songs, but you may have to be a member. The upside is that there is so much more on offer from this site. If you like or are a fan of The Shadows and their music, this site may well be j
  • The Tabman
    Said to be able to provide about 480 guitar tabs, not all Hank or the Shadows and are available at a small cost. Also available are backing track CD's
  • Goran's Tabs and backing tracks
    This site has one of the largest collection of tabs I have seen so far, 127. Both older and newer recordings are included. A veritable cornucopia of tabs for The Shadows and Hank Marvin. THey are free to download.
  • Hank Marvin - Sound and Technical
    A forum which has at least one list of sites with Tabs for the serious musician
  • Tabman
    Some of the more difficult to find Shadows related and other guitar tabs. At the time of writing downloadable but at a small cost.
  • e-choreds .com
    A few free tabs for some of the more obscure songs and one or two favourites. A well thought of site but membership needed for full access
  • Phil McGarrick Web Site
    A new and smaller collection of tabs from a father and son team, some lesser known and new examples

Backing Tracks For Hank Marvin And The Shadows Music

There are a number of sources of backing tracks (BT) for music made popular by Hank Marvin and The Shadows, I will be trying to link to some of the more popular and readily available of these

I am compiling a list but in the first instance the Jam with CD's listed above and Leo's Den Music Shop are great starting points.

Ian's collection are extremely true to the originals, if you want some lesser known as well as the hits then you will find these are excellent.

Hank Marvin Discography

There are many links to a "complete" discography but often this refers to recordings under the same name as one item. The first list here is a completists list, shows recordings from 1959 thru 2005.

Bruce Welch
In September 1958 Bruce Welch and Hank B Marvin joined The Drifters, Cliff Richard's brand new backing band.

Rhythm & Greens Starring The Shadows
This film, Rhythm and Greens, was made as a "B" picture in 1964; a humerous look at the history of Music.

The Shadows - The Legend
The Shadows, arguably the UK's most successful instrumental group ever.

Two Sides Of Hank Marvin - The Hawk And The Dove b/w Janine

A song initially released on the second of two mainly vocal albums by Hank Marvin is one of my all-time favourites. "The Hawk And The Dove", beautiful lyrics which tell the story of a love that was not to be. This was released as a single and backed by an instumental "Janine", a superbly haunting melody. It did not achieve the recognition that I think it deserved. Both side of this single have recently been posted on You Tube by Andrewshadowy ( You TUbe ID), a prolific publisher of videos mainly but not only of The Shaows portfolio. I have included both of these videos here because as I said they are very much favourites of mine but they also show two different sides of Hank's Talent as a musician. I hope that you like them.


Hank Marvin and Films

Hank 's film career has mostly been limited to films starring Cliff Richard. In most of these The Shadows were an integral part of the storyline as a group of musicians but their appearance in early films (e.g. Espresso Bongo) was uncredited. The Shadows have provided soundtracks for a number of films most notably, Thunderbirds Are Go.

The Shadows themselves starred in one short film mentioned above, Rhythm and Greens.

Details of these and of TV appearances are given in the International Movie Database along with associated information.

Apart from DVD's of concerts by The Shadows and Hank Marvin, Hank was also featured in The Strat Pack Live In Concert.This is a film of a September 24, 2004 Concert, featuring Hank, Joe Walsh, Gary Moore, Brian May, David Gilmour, and many more, marking the 50th Anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster guitar. The film was released in 2005.

Hank Sells Red Rock Cider - With Leslie Neilsen

A little bit of fun, A video with lots of laughs ffrom Leslie. The best for me was, "hey, you in the Shadows".

And don't forget the recent Mattesons advert. (In cockney rhyming slang; Hank Marvin = starvin', or more correctly starving). If you search twitter for Hank Marvin, most of the results will be using the name to refer to the fact that they are hungry. A piece of useless knowledge for what it is worth.

As a bonus, do you remember this TV advert for the Shads "20 golden greats" in the 70's

Share your stories, sightings, thoughts, rants, raves...

I have never met Hank but have lost count of the concerts I have seen both as a young man and again as a pensioner. That is the span of Hanks's career, from early Shadows to solo tours and to the Final World Tour by The Shadows. He has been an inspiration and a source of entertainment. I have collected every track that he has recorded as far as I know ( some of which only exist as euphemistically entitled private fan recordings). I can only say that he and his colleagues in The Shadows have enriched my life.

This is a work-in-progress, I will hopefully be adding to this articlce regularly so please come again, and again.

Let's Hear It For For Hank Marvin!

John Dyhouse (author) from UK on June 11, 2014:

@Snakesmum: Thanks, your choice of the Warlord is an unexpected one. Often overlooked by many fans although I think very highly of it myself

Snakesmum on June 11, 2014:

Love the Shadows music - my favourites are "Apache" and "The Warlord" Lots of interesting info in your lens!

RoadMonkey on May 12, 2014:

I used to love watching Hank Marvin. Great lens.

John Dyhouse (author) from UK on February 17, 2013:

@flashkid: Thanks, I appreciate the thought.

flashkid on February 17, 2013:

This is a real tribute by a true fan. The passion shows.

Carolan Ross from St. Louis, MO on January 15, 2013:

Excellent Hank Marvin tribute!

Margaret Schindel from Massachusetts on January 15, 2013:

I was completely unfamiliar with Hank Marvin (or The Shadows, for that matter) prior to reading this fabulous lens. You've created an awesome tribute to him and a great introduction to him and his work for people like me who had never heard of him before. Blessed!

John Dyhouse (author) from UK on January 10, 2013:

@Golfman7: I couldn't get enough of his music, always an exciting evening

Golfman7 on January 10, 2013:

Hank Marvin.... a gifted artist. Fantastic to watch him play.

John Dyhouse (author) from UK on January 10, 2013:

@Susapence: Sorry, not sure if you wrote something and then deleted it?

The url is a pretty good site for tabs for guitar/mandolin and banjo but appears to be specialised for bluegrass and gospel music. THanks for the tip I will be spending a little time there.

Susapence on January 10, 2013:

Sorry how silly of me, its the notes to play on the banjo, I am just a beginner so it would take me ages to work them out, if i could manage it at all.

Banjo Tabs

John Dyhouse (author) from UK on January 05, 2013:

@Oosquid: Thanks for taking the trouble to comment, I think Duane was an earlier favourite but couldn't get that "twang" so when apache came out .... I was hooked

Oosquid on January 05, 2013:

So much I did not know about Hank and the Shads. When I was a fifteen year old - long,long ago - The Shadows and Duane Eddy were my heroes. Man could Hank play that guitar. Thanks for making this lens.

EMangl on December 13, 2012:

enjoyed also the video of Sacha, thanks for it!

EMangl on December 13, 2012:

apache is one of the songs that makes me immediately a boy again, i mean it makes me travel back in time :-)

John Dyhouse (author) from UK on December 12, 2012:

@jenny-archer-9: Ahhhh! The good old days.

jenny-archer-9 on December 12, 2012:

Went to see him in Clacton backing Cliff in my younger days...a few hundred years ago!

christineallen on November 01, 2012:

I've always loved The Shadows, so unique. I must go and look out some of those old 45s

dream1983 on August 16, 2012:

Excellent lens, nicely done! Squidlike

Doc_Holliday on August 12, 2012:

Warmed my heart to read this lens. Hank is a true legend. He currently lives in Perth, Australia and jams with his own band, just for fun. Caught up with him and the boys when they did their last tour with Cliff.

John Dyhouse (author) from UK on July 17, 2012:

@anonymous: Nice to hear from you, never forget that Bruce Welch (rhythm guitar) was a major contributor to that original sound. Often overlooked but still making music and pleasing his fans at Shadowmania.

anonymous on July 17, 2012:

Great site, mate!

I've been a CR & The Shadows fan, since year dot, and for a while, in a busy life, had no time to really enjoy. But, as the years have passed my soul has returned to their music. I've been a singer/rhythm guitarist in bands, in my younger days, never playing lead. When I took on playing lead, for pleasure, only one group was between my ears.... The fabulous Hank & the Shadows. I have been, as a pensioner, re-ignited with their clean, unique and captivating sounds. It's haunting to realise that, one day, they'll be gone, no more to play, and that I'll be gone, no more to listen.

God Bless Them.


robertzimmerman2 on June 12, 2012:

Thanks for putting this all together!

KimGiancaterino on June 12, 2012:

Very nice. I learned a lot about Hank Marvin.

marsha32 on June 11, 2012:

That's a lot of information! Can't say I've heard of him before now.

antoniow on June 11, 2012:

Very nice lens! A lot of info here, well done!

Zebedee32 on June 11, 2012:

I love Hank Marvin and the Shadows!

anonymous on April 23, 2012:

Thanks for the memories.and mine is garbage..i have a strat and burns baldwin..but do i remember the shads playing Burns Baldwins on the London Paladium...maybe not.??

John Dyhouse (author) from UK on February 29, 2012:

@greenmind: Glad that you found the lens of use to you, I haven't finished yet still more stuff to add when I have time.

GreenMind Guides from USA on February 29, 2012:

Absolutely great lens. I'm a guitarist and I learned a LOT from you here.

BenJacklin LM on February 27, 2012:

what a great lens, obviously a very influential musician. Well done!

John Dyhouse (author) from UK on February 24, 2012:

@anonymous: I personally love the MW&F albums and wish they had been allowed to develop this style.

I remember when it was first released, it was radio one's album of the week and after hearing three of the songs over breakfast, I stopped off on the way to college ( I was doing a late post-grad degree and bought it. Agree that Sacha and The Day I met Marie are both classics, must admit Marmaduke was not one of my faves tho, but thanks for reminding me. Of course, I can't possibly mention all of the wonderful legacy from Hank's guitar. Thanks for your comment - great to hear from readers.

anonymous on February 24, 2012:

Love your webpage. A fine tribute to an outstanding musician and timeless guitar great. You guessed it - I'm a fan. I enjoy playing some of the Shadows numbers from time-to-time to amuse myself when building or fixing amps in the garage. I was born in the 50's (fortunately) so grew up with those wonderful sounds.

I have a vinyl copy of Marvin, Welch and Farrar. When first reading blogs I was surprised to see that it was not rated highly at the time. I thought it was brilliant and still do. There is some wonderful guitar playing accompanying the equally wonderfully harmonic vocals on it. My favourite compositions of Hank's would have to be Sacha and The Day I Met Marie. Totally contrasting styles. I saw no mention of Marmaduke (MW&F single) on your page but maybe I missed it.

Kudos on putting a fine tribute online.

John Dyhouse (author) from UK on February 06, 2012:

@anonymous: That sounds like a very generous offer, thanks. I can be contacted via the "contact" button on my bio page.

anonymous on February 06, 2012:

@John Dyhouse: Will record it and get it to you. Give me a few days as I am working on a CD right now.

John Dyhouse (author) from UK on February 05, 2012:

@anonymous: Thanks for the comment Doug. I have never heard that piece on guitar, but would love to.

anonymous on February 05, 2012:

Hank pretty much lead the way for my learning how to play guitar in 1961 after hearing FBI. His style was such a big influence on me that I learnt all his instrumentals including Stand up and say that which he played on piano but my rendition was on guitar.

vkumar05 on January 16, 2012:

Very well presented.

anonymous on January 12, 2012:

@John Dyhouse: Hank is an unstrung hero in the US, No one has heard of him. I am amazed as they are when I suggest they listen to the Shads. They love Hank. Why have they not made it in America? I know Hank has said the Beatles came along, but that was then and this is now. I loved the Beatles as a kid. I read early on that Lennon could not wear his glasses on stage for fear he would resemble Hank Marvin. I heard that when I was twelve. America would love these guys.

VillaDejaBlue on January 11, 2012:

Nice lens.

anonymous on January 03, 2012:

What fun to return and bless Hank Marvin!

jadehorseshoe on December 24, 2011:

Excellent Lens!

John Dyhouse (author) from UK on December 02, 2011:

@anonymous: I know exactly how you feel, Antonio. I have never actually met Hank ( unfortunately) but I havs stood feet away from him whilst he played and talked on stage at a live music exhibition. I did however have the luck to meet Bruce Welch at a fan convention, some years ago. He walked thru' the door as I was leaving the room; all I could say was, "thanks" and shake his hand. In a typical humerous way he replied, " had enough already?" I quickly made it clear I was going to the bar for a refill. Does anybody know what to say to one's hero when meeting them for the first time?

anonymous on December 02, 2011:

My life would have been a different story if it wasn't for the music of Hank Marvin and the Shadows. My whole life started revolving around Hank Marvin and the Guitar! When I was 15 years old I would say a secret prayer every night; 'God! Please let me play like Hank Marvin!'

My greatest moment would be to meet Hank in person! I have no idea what I will say to him....just a thank you would be so insignificant. I would probably be speechless!

kathysart on December 02, 2011:

Nice lens.. THUMBS UP!

John Dyhouse (author) from UK on November 10, 2011:

@hughgrissettsr lm: Hate to say it but my collection of Shads/Hank CD's ( which is by no means completist) takes up about 4 foot of shelf space. And that doesn't include many tribute and similar recordings.

John Dyhouse (author) from UK on November 10, 2011:

@JK Sterling: I agree ( of course, LOL) so many guitarists claim that their love of the guitar was due to Hank.

John Dyhouse (author) from UK on November 10, 2011:

@Andy-Po: Thanks Andy

hughgrissettsr lm on November 09, 2011:

great lens! i have a 2 cd anthology of the shadows music and i play it constantly. love apache,dance on, wonderful land etc.

Jim Sterling from Franklin, Tennessee on October 23, 2011:

Thak you for this wonderful lens. Hank Marvin has had a hand in so much of music today.

Andy-Po on October 18, 2011:

Excellent tribute lens

Richard from Surrey, United Kingdom on September 23, 2011:

Hank Marvin, The Shadows and Cliff Richard were all part of my formative years. Great tribute to a great guitar player.

RhondaSueDavis on September 10, 2011:

My guitar playing family will enjoy this lens, especially the videos, as they play by ear and watching other players more than by sheet music. We had one that looks just like the red and white one Hank holds here, and my husband plays the 12 string acoustic, Never heard of Hank Marvin before. Thanks for sharing and putting this lens together.

Lisa Marie Gabriel from United Kingdom on September 03, 2011:

It was Hank Marvin that got me interested in the guitar - as a toddler - thanks to him I have made it my life's work! :)

John Dyhouse (author) from UK on August 20, 2011:

@gleken: I whole heartedly agree, there are many great players but Hank has a real ability to play with a marvellous lyrical quality.

gleken on August 20, 2011:

Hank Marvin must be one of the greatest guitar players

anonymous on May 24, 2011:

I have just discovered Hank Marvin.They were not well known in the States. And the Beatles did overshadow them as well. But he remains so fantastic to listen to. And yes he does seem modest and retiring. And the Stratocastor? What an instrument!!

Treasures By Brenda from Canada on April 13, 2011:

Thanks for the introduction to Hank Marvin.

CruiseReady from East Central Florida on March 28, 2011:

My husband likes Hank Marvin

Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on March 16, 2011:

I grew up with Hank Marvin and The Shadow and of course Cliff Richard too. Great tribute lens to a great guitarist. Makes me want to break out my Shadows Greatest Hits CD. Lensrolled to my Song Lyrics lenses, and Blessed by an Angel.

Malu Couttolenc on February 11, 2011:

Very nice lens and tribute. I've lensrolled it to my Music:Food of our soul lens

sorana lm on February 11, 2011:

This is an excellent tribute lens to Hank Marvin.

Vikki from US on February 01, 2011:

*Blessed* by a squid angel;)

thesuccess2 on January 19, 2011:

Hank Marvin now why didn't I think of that! Will have to visit your other lens

John Dyhouse (author) from UK on January 10, 2011:

Thanks Mike, I have to say that I absolutely agree with every word, thanks for commenting

anonymous on January 10, 2011:

Hank marvin is a living legend,i have been a fan for 50 years his sound is unique no one can make a Strat sound like Hank.His style is so distinc.tive always copied never equaled.He can play any style,rock,classical and jazz. He has never been given the true recognition he deserves in my book.Most so called rock gods just make a noise.

jackieb99 on December 25, 2010:

I'll have to check him out!

anonymous on November 15, 2010:

I had never heard of Hank Marvin before.

Thank you for introducing me to Hank.

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