Hank Marvin (lead guitarist of The Shadows, songwriter)

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Born Brian Rankin, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.

Join Bruce Welch's Railroaders. After moving to London, Marvin and Welch operated briefly as the Geordie Boys before enlisting in an outfit called the Drifters, which evolved into the Shadows.

After The Shadows disbanded (for the first time) in 1968, Hank went solo, commencing with "Goodnight Dick".

Received indoctrination as a Jehovah's Witness in 1973.

After working with the Shadows during the late 80s he went on to record prolifically throughout the following decade.

In 2004, Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch and Brian Bennett finally reformed as the shadows, undertaking an enormous farewell tour.

Annotation last modified on 2005-04-25 22:12 UTC.

Legal name: Brian Robson Rankin



1996Number One Hits Of The SeventiesVarious Artists1
The Shadows RarestThe Shadows1


1979Thank You Very MuchCliff Richard & The Shadows4
1996Twang! A Tribute to Hank Marvin & The ShadowsVarious Artists3
2008Let It Be MeJason Donovan11
2024I Have NotesGraham Gouldman3

Album + Compilation

1972The Cliff Richard StoryCliff Richard Featuring The Shadows2
1988Guitar SpeakVarious Artists3
1989The Definitive Hit AlbumCliff Richard1
1990Guitar Speak IIVarious Artists1
1993Everything of ValueThe Shadows1
1994Senses: 20 Contemporary Moods and ThemesVarious Artists1
1994The Singles CollectionShakin’ Stevens1
1995Super Instrumental Vol. 3Various Artists1
1995Super Instrumental Vol. 4Various Artists1
1997Seventies Complete, Volume 1Various Artists1
199840 Years of Hits in HollandCliff Richard1
1999The Best of Cliff Richard & The ShadowsCliff Richard & The Shadows1
1999Top of the Pops, Volume 1 1970–1973Various Artists1
2003Guitar MoodsVarious Artists1
2003Foute CD van Deckers en Ornelis, Volume 2Various Artists1
2004Complete Singles As & Bs 1959–1980The Shadows1
2005Scorched EarthVarious Artists1
2005The Platinum CollectionThe Shadows2
2006Two’s Company: The DuetsCliff Richard1
2006Classic Cuts Presents: 80’s Night: The Ultimate DJ Collection: Special Stereo Wide Edition 16 CD BoxVarious Artists1
2006The No.1 DJ Collection: 80s, Volume 7Various Artists1
2007Foute CD Box van Deckers & Ornelis: Het leukste uit 5 jaar Foute UurVarious Artists1
2008Dreamboats and Petticoats TwoVarious Artists1
2008Complete SeventiesVarious Artists1
2008Favourite Instrumental Hits: Melodies To RememberVarious Artists1
2008The Hits: Number Ones Around the WorldCliff Richard1
2009Music for Cruizin’: Goin’ PlacesVarious Artists1
2009While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Volume 2Various Artists1
2010Forever DreamersVarious Artists1
20116 x 6: The SixtiesGerry & the Pacemakers / Freddie & the Dreamers / The Hollies / Manfred Mann / The Shadows / The Seekers1
2011Eldorado 3Various Artists2
2012Dreamboats and Petticoats Six: Dance Hall DaysVarious Artists1
2012101 Jukebox HitsVarious Artists1
2012Now That's What I Call Musicals (UK)Various Artists1
2014The Best of Dreamboats & PetticoatsVarious Artists1
2014Now That’s What I Call Musicals (UK)Various Artists1
2016Dreamboats & Petticoats: The Best of the Love SongsVarious Artists1
2017100 Hits: Sunday Morning SongsVarious Artists1
2018Collection En Or - GuitaresVarious Artists1
2018Top of the Pops ’86Various Artists1
Seventies CompleteVarious Artists1
The No.1 DJ Collection: 80s (Digital Collection)Various Artists1
1992Brothers in MarkMark Knopfler1
1995Super Instrumental Vol. 5Various Artists1

Album + Soundtrack

2001Heartbeat: MomentsVarious Artists1


1988London KidJean Michel Jarre4


Human DesertVarious Artists1

Album + Live

The Long Strait Walk to WembleyDire Straits1

Broadcast + Live

Wembley Does the WalkDire Straits1

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