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Marshall Crenshaw

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Marshall Crenshaw (born November 11, 1953 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. He grew up in the suburb of Berkley. Crenshaw began playing guitar at age 10 and got his first break playing John Lennon in the off-Broadway company of a musical, Beatlemania. While in New York, he recorded a single for Alan Betrock’s Shake Records, Something’s Gonna Happen, after which he was signed to Warner Bros. Records. Robert Gordon took Someday, Someway to #76 in 1981, and Crenshaw’s version made #36 the next year.

His first album, Marshall Crenshaw, was acclaimed as a pop masterpiece upon release, proving Crenshaw a first-rate songwriter, singer and guitarist. His second album, Field Day, sported a somewhat heavier sound which displeased some listeners, but Field Day is regarded by many critics as Crenshaw’s best album, and one of the classic power pop statements, although Crenshaw’s work, like Alex Chilton’s, transcends the genre. “Some of the stuff I’ve done you could call power pop,” he told an interviewer. “But the term does have sort of a dodgy connotation.”

Although Marshall Crenshaw has never sold enormous numbers of records, he enjoys a reputation as one of the finest songwriters of the era, with roots in classic soul music, British Invasion songcraft, Burt Bacharach and Buddy Holly — to whom Crenshaw was often compared in the early days of his career, and whom he portrayed in the 1987 film La Bamba.

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  • Dylanisgod2

    can't wait to see him at the Tractor!

    2 Feb 2013 Reply
  • RedjMusic

    Field Day...I played my cassette to death, so much dropout, still loved it

    23 Dec 2012 Reply
  • KevinKevnQuevin

    I think he's better than Buddy Holly, to be honest...

    7 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Bastard1

    Pretty much the worst Buddy Holly ever.

    2 Sep 2012 Reply
  • semionato

    he's terrific.

    31 Aug 2011 Reply
  • semionato

    oh my god, what have i been missing?

    30 Aug 2011 Reply
  • ElectricSoul921

    amazing.

    18 May 2011 Reply
  • BWoolmore

    catchy melodies, thoughtful lyrics - couldnt agree more with all who have said this guy is underrated

    16 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Touchmetallic

    The music of Marshall Crenshaw is that of a pop craftsman schooled on R&B and golden radio classics.

    17 May 2010 Reply
  • llamagesicht

    Marshall Crenshaw really influenced my childhood. One of my favorite musicians ever, especially for those sentimental reasons...

    8 May 2010 Reply
  • liam7777

    Is he in the Hall of Fame yet? Every time I hear one of his songs, I think about how underrated and forgotten he has become. One of America's great singer-songwriters.

    25 Apr 2010 Reply
  • RandyB1961

    Haven't heard the new album yet; can't wait to get it.

    13 Nov 2009 Reply
  • MCTManagement

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    8 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Biff_Bang_Pow

    No IDEA why this is in my iTunes library, never heard of this bloke but I really, really like it.

    2 Sep 2009 Reply
  • dtito2

    Nice review of Jaggedland http://www.blurt-online.com/reviews/view/1290/

    19 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Jrecklin

    New album is his best since Life's Too Short. One of my favorite 09 releases.

    11 Jul 2009 Reply
  • dtito2

    The new album sounds good!

    3 Jun 2009 Reply
  • rockapalooza09

    he has a new lp out june 2nd!

    27 May 2009 Reply
  • llamagesicht

    Used to listen to him obsessively a few years back (especially at this time of year). I tried him out again this afternoon, not expecting the songs to be as good as I remembered them (gilded with summer sunshine as they were) but they're still awesome! I was in Hoboken when he was playing an outdoor concert a whole lot of years ago; too bad I didn't know who he was back then, could've been memorable.

    15 May 2009 Reply
  • ElectricSoul921

    Someday, Someway is a classic!

    2 Jan 2009 Reply
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