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Hank B. Marvin

Hank Marvin was the lead guitarist of The Shadows, the best-selling British rock 'n' roll act before The Beatles. Marvin and The Shadows had huge hits in the UK, including "Apache" and "Wonderful Land". As a guitarist, whose trademark was a clean, pure sound accentuated by a distinctive echo effect, Marvin is considered a huge influence on many ... See full bio »

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Wonderful to Be Young!
Wonderful to Be Young! Music Department
Getaway with Cliff
Kings of Rock 'n' Roll
Kings of Rock 'n' Roll Himself - The Shadows


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 2010 The Road to Coronation Street (TV Movie) (writer: "FBI" - uncredited)
 2010 Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #10.5 (2010) ... (writer: "Sam" - uncredited)
 2009 The New Paul O'Grady Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 30 November 2009 (2009) ... (performer: "Singing the Blues")
 2008 The Wild Hearts (Documentary) (writer: "GRIB MIG HVIS JEG FALDER - as Marvin)
 1999 The Match (writer: "F.B.I.")
 1996 Cold Lazarus (TV Mini-Series) (performer: "YOUR CHEATIN' HEART")
 1995 The Beatles Anthology (TV Mini-Series documentary) (writer: "FBI")
 1993 Tohuwabohu (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Folge 12 - Das Schlechteste aus Tohuwabohu (1993) ... (writer: "I Could Easily Fall in Love with You" - uncredited)
 1986 Emu's All Live Pink Windmill Show (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Episode #3.5 (1986) ... ("Dancing Shoes", uncredited)
 1982 Olivia Newton-John: Let's Get Physical (TV Movie) (writer: "Silvery Rain")
 1977 Top of the Pops (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 16 June 1977 (1977) ... (writer: "Sam")
 1976 A Special Olivia Newton-John (TV Special) (writer: "Sam" - uncredited)
 1973 The Graham Kennedy Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 1 November 1973 (1973) ... (writer: "Now I'm Stuck on You")
 1967 Maroc 7 (performer: "Maroc 7")
 1966 Thunderbirds Are GO ("Shooting Star")
 1966 The Endless Summer (Documentary) (writer: "Drifting")
 1963 Summer Holiday (as Hank Marvin, "Dancing Shoes", "Foot-tapper", "Les Girls", "Round and Round")
 1962 Go to Blazes (writer: "We Say Yeah" - uncredited)
 1961 Wonderful to Be Young! (writer: "Got a Funny Feeling", "We Say Yeah")
 1959 Expresso Bongo (performer: "Bongo Blues" (instrumental))
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Alternate Names:

Hank Marvin | Marvin | The Shadows

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[on his 2014 album "Hank"] Most of them have got good tunes with one exception and that's Message in a Bottle. But a great guitar riff and a good chorus, so I could work with that. The tune itself, if you think about it, it's not really a's a kind of...what would you call it? It's not exactly monotone in the tune but it's not a good melody in the sense of say Daydream or California ... See more »


Was offered an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2004 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to Music. Though honoured to be recommeded for the award, he decided not to accept it for "personal and private reasons". His bandmates from The Shadows, drummer Brian Bennett and rhythm guitarist Bruce Welch, both accepted their OBEs. See more »


Metallic, echoed guitar picking producing a clean, pure sound

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