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Johnny Marr


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Born John Martin Maher on 31 October 1963 to Irish immigrants in Ardwick Manchester. Johnny Marr is a guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer.

He is best known for being the founder member, songwriter and guitarist in eighties cult band The Smiths.

The Smiths released 4 studio albums between 1984 and 1987 when the band dissolved.

The Smith’s major hits in the UK included ‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now’ and ‘Sheila Take a Bow’ which both reached #10 in the Official UK Singles Chart in 1984 and 1987 respectively. Other popular songs in the Smiths’ back catalogue include ‘This Charming Man’, ‘How Soon is Now’ and ‘There is Light that Never Goes Out’.

Since leaving the Smiths in 1987, Marr focused mainly on contributing to the work of established bands. He played session guitar and or wrote music for artists such as The Pretenders, Talking Heads, Billy Bragg and Kirsty Maccoll (among others).

He also became a member of The The briefly due to his friendship with singer Matt Johnson.

In 1989 He teamed up with New Order lead singer Bernard Sumner to form synthesiser/guitar super group Electronic. Combining at first with Pet Shop Boys Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe the duo released Getting Away with it which peaked at #12 in the Uk charts.

The foursome then released the song Disappointed. This attained them their top UK chart placement of #6, as well as featuring on the soundtrack to the Brad Pitt film Cool World.


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