Johnny Marr

Renowned as being one of Britain's great guitar heroes, Johnny Marr's legendary partnership in The Smiths with Morrissey produced the classic albums Meat Is Murder (1985) and The Queen Is Dead (1986) and made The Smiths so-called gods of the 1980s indie scene. Born John Maher on October 31, 1963, in Manchester, England, Marr started playing on a toy guitar as a four-year-old and developed a distinct signature sound inspired by the melodic pop of '60s beat bands, the twanging blues of Bo Diddley and the choppy funk of Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers. After The Smiths split in 1987, he played with The Pretenders and The The and teamed up with New Order's Bernard Sumner as Electronic, before seeing his playing style become a key influence on Britpop in the 1990s. Returning in 2000 as Johnny Marr & The Healers (with a band that included Ringo Starr's son Zak Starkey), he took on vocal duties for the first time on the album Boomslang(2003) and has been highly active ever since. Johnny Marr joined Modest Mouse and The Cribs for short stints and released the album The Messenger (2013). His next solo album, Playland, was released in 2014, the same year that he embarked on his first solo world tour. He began working on a collaborative project with composer Hans Zimmer, contributed lead guitar on Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds track “Chasing Yesterday” and returned to the studio to work on his album Call the Comet (2018). While he remained busy behind the scenes, he took another four years before he released the album Fever Dreams Pts. 1-4 (2022).

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