It’s a week to celebrate guitar-players, starting with the best living guitarists and following later with those who are, sadly, no longer with us.
As he’s influenced so many of the very biggest names in music (including David, who wanted a Fender Stratocaster “because Hank Marvin had one”), and as The Shadows were at the top of the UK singles chart with ‘Apache’ on this day in 1960, here’s one of the songs that inspired David.
Although never particularly well-known in the US, Cliff Richard & The Shadows were popular in Europe and Canada (Neil Young being another fan who has cited Hank Marvin’s influence). Others include Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Mark Knopfler, Brian May, Carlos Santana, Pete Townshend and Frank Zappa. That’s probably most people’s Best Guitarists list right there.
A TIME magazine music critic listed his picks for ‘Greatest’ electric guitar-players recently. Have a look and let me know if you agree with his choices, then add your own (living guitarists only today, please).
If, during contemplation, you find yourself in need of more Hank, reach no further than the Fender Strat Pack DVD. As well as ‘Apache’, the Bespectacled One also performed ‘The Rise and Fall of Flingel Bunt’ and ‘Sleepwalk’.
Among his most recent works is 2007’s Guitar Man, a collection of instrumental covers of classic and contemporary tunes, which includes a beautiful rendition of the Beatles’ ‘Here, There and Everywhere’. If you like that, track back to 2002 and Guitar Player, worth doing for Hank’s take on Elton John’s ‘Your Song’ alone.