Long Player Episode 10 - 'Hank Marvin'
In the UK, the 1960s beat and blues boom yielded more world-beating British guitarists than any era before or since. And among those guitarists – from Jimmy Page to Eric Clapton – the one common influence was Hank Marvin and his group The Shadows. After a run of hits backing Cliff Richard, The Shadows dramatically found their signature sound in 1960 with Apache. Central to their appeal was the playing of their de facto frontman. The Shadows' aesthetic mirrored the bold forward momentum of post-war Britain. To a generation of emerging guitarists, Marvin's work on Wonderful Land, Man Of Mystery, Apache and F.B.I. was aspirational, achievable and utterly modern. In final episode of this series of Long Player, Hank talks to Pete Paphides about The Shadows' vertiginious early ascent, the cult albums he and Bruce Welch made as part of a "British Crosby Stills & Nash", his new top ten album Hank and, lest we forget, his feud with Jet Harris's incontinent monkey.