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The Story of Hank B. Marvin and Beyond

The ’60s’ was a time when pop music was all the rage, and rock was slowly evolving from blues and jazz into something more individualistic. Eventually, we saw the rise and of Rock n’ Roll that is still influencing and shaping lives all across the globe. But nothing beats the classic sounds of the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Eric Clapton, and others. But before they all came and changed the way we listened to and experienced music, there was a group of boys from Britain known as The Shadows. While they might have started out as a backup for another legend, they slowly and literally emerged from the shadows to form an image of their own.

There was one member though, who stood out for his geek-chic image, and more importantly for his skill and technique with which he played the guitar. That man was Hank B. Marvin, the lead guitarist, who has been named as a great influence for many mainstream musicians who have succeeded him. Here is a look into the life and success of this legend.
Hank B. Marvin was born on October 28, 1941, in Newcastle upon Tyne in England, United Kingdom as the not-so-jazzy Brian Robson Rankin. As a kid, he had already picked up the banjo (which he bought from his teacher) and played the piano. But watching legend Buddy Holly is what inspired him and egged him on towards guitar (thank you, Holly!). On his 16th birthday, his dad gifted him a Hofner Congress guitar, and from there began the musical journey of this star.

As a youngster, he was nicknamed Hank, to avoid confusion in his friend’s circle, which consisted of other Brians. When he started his career, taking up stage names was all the rage. He too, joined the bandwagon and named himself Hank Marvin, the latter coming from country singer Marvin Rainwater’s name. Hank had stated in an interview, “I love the sound of that name Marvin, it sounds good.” Eventually, he and fellow performer Cliff Richard both legally changed their names with a deed poll.

When he was 16, he left home for London with his school friend Bruce Welch. He had hoped to play music, and get recognized and signed, which is why they ended up at Soho’s “2i’s Coffee Bar”, which was known to host many talents (including Cliff Richard, with whom he later created many hits). As luck would have it, Richard’s manager, Johnny Foster, was at the bar in search of guitarist Tony Sheridan to be a part of Richard’s backup band, The Drifters, but instead he encountered Hank, who impressed him so much that Foster asked him to be a part of the backup band. Marvin promised on the condition that his friend Welch also be taken as a part of the team. And this is where the success story for both Cliff Richard and what we now know as The Shadows, took roots. He had played for some other bands like The Vipers, The Railroaders, The Crescent City Skiffle Group, and The Five Chesternuts. But his music journey had truly launched when he was signed on by Foster.

Modern Wedding Songs

Inarguable, wedding is one of the most special phases of everyone’s life; the finest hour, a pious occasion, and a time full of excitement and anticipation for a loving couple. And no wedding can stand up to its existence and true meaning without the touch of music. Music, undoubtedly, has always been one of the basic elements of any special occasion in any corner of the world. Unlike before, weddings, nowadays, are getting defined in unique and personalized ways and this has created the need to include the touch of contemporary wedding songs, more than ever. Although, in some churches there might be a restriction on the choices of songs, however, in most cases, couples have ample choices to play their favorite numbers. They may either get a professional vocalist to sing, or making good use of their sound system isn’t a bad idea too.

Wedding Ceremony Songs

Music has the charm of setting the mood of any sort of occasion, whether it is a wedding, birthday party, anniversary, or farewell party. What is important is to go for the right songs which can heighten the spirit of the moment. The songs are as follows…
Only Time – Enya
Unforgettable – Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole
The Look of Love – Dionne Warwick/Burt Bacharach
The Vow – Jeremy Lubbock
Wedding Processional – Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein
Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
When I’m Sixty-Four – The Beatles
Storybook Love – Willy DeVille
Come What May – Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor
Angel Eyes – Jim Brickman
Circle of Life – Elton John from the Lion King
You and I – Stevie Wonder
Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
Evergreen – Barbara Streisand
Truly – Lionel Richie
Air – Handel
Air on a G String – J.S. Bach
Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder
You To Me Are Everything – Real Thing
Grow Old With Me – John Lennon
Through The Eyes of Love – Carrole Sager and Marvin Hamlisch
Take My Breath Away – Tuck and Patti
Processional Songs

This is the part of the ceremony when the bride makes her entrance and the couple take their places before the commencement of the vows. This moment is full of anticipation, and it marks the beginning of a couple’s most sacred wedding moments. So, here is another list of some good contemporary wedding numbers to decorate your special moment.
Only Hope – Mandy Moore
Only Time – Enya
Heaven (slow version) – DJ Sammy
Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

Wonderful Tips on Writing a Love Song

Love – almost everything we say, hear and read about this magical feeling sounds true to us at some point of time in our lives. Everybody falls in love, from the guys in riches to those in rags, from the most beautiful to the most simple looking girl. Love is for everyone. It comes out from around the corner, it beckons like a small child, and soon you are too attached to the child; you just can’t abandon it, you just can’t let go! But ask someone to express his/her feelings for his/her love, and we are befuddled! Voice cracking, throat drying up, concussion, something’s stuck in your wind-pipe, you just lost all your vocab! It happens to the best of us – the most talkative ones, the most outspoken ones, the bold ones.

Then, we look around for songs, greeting cards, that would explain what you feel. But all fail to hit the bull’s eye. But you know what? The next best thing to someone coming and telling you how much they love you is someone writing a song for you and singing it out to you! Music has never failed to tug at man’s heart-strings. There is a reason why girls melt when they hear Bryan Adams say ‘Everything I Do, I Do It For You’ and a reason why a guy knows she is the one for him when he hears Norah Jones asking him to ‘Come Away With Me’…
There is a Song for Every Time!

Being in a relationship is like a roller-coaster ride; no day is the same! Everyday is a new adventure, a new feeling… and if it doesn’t feel that way, act fast! Writing a song for someone to express your love for him/her is something that is really special, and that is sure going to earn you brownie points! But you cannot possibly commit your undying love forevermore and for always on the very first date! Every occasion calls for a special kind of song, they can NOT all be the same! So if you have decided to write a song for your love, I suggest you plan properly as to when and how you want to sing or recite him/her the song. Below are a few occasions that call for a nice, romantic, mushy love song, and how to go about writing one to that effect! (NOTE: For every occasion, I have quoted a song that may act as an inspiration when you sit down to write your own. The choice is strictly personal!)

Types of Songs Music Enthusiast

As a result of their uniqueness, they cannot be differentiated on the basis of any specific factors. The main reason songs cannot be marked only in one class is because of the differences existing in the type of music, lyrics, and its purpose. For instance, a rap song can also be a Christian song, and a ballad can even have a metal feel to it.

However, we can still roughly classify songs as per the types of lyrics, the music, tone, culture, and other similar factors. The next sections of this article will cover more information about these classifications, along with a few examples to make things clearer for you.
Different Types of Songs
A Classical music concert with violins
As the name suggests, classical songs are those in which traditional music plays a main role. These songs were first composed by artists like Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, to name a few. These songs have had a substantial impact on the music we hear today. Every country has a culture, which is clearly apparent in its classical and folk songs.

Pop music star at a concert
Pop songs are those which have contemporary lyrics and an upbeat rhythm, basically meant for the youth culture. Some of the most popular artists of this genre are Michael Jackson, Madonna, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Justin Timberlake, and Cher.The composition of pop songs concentrates more on music technology and recording than on live performances. Rhythm and effects are two important elements in pop songs.

Crowds at a huge rock concert
Rock songs are the most popular among teenagers and youngsters. They consist of clear pieces of lead guitar, bass guitar, drums, and keyboards as some of the main instruments. When the instruments are played in sync, they sound energetic along with the vocals. Most popular rock artists are Europe, Creed, Def Leppard, Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bryan Adams and many other good ones.

Singer singing a metal song with guitar
Metal songs are a bit more hard-sounding than rock songs. These songs have high pitches and screaming vocals, heavy guitar leads, and solid drum work. In a majority of metal songs, power chords and riffs are used. They may consist of random lyrics, as the primary focus is on the music. Some of the metal music legends are Whitesnake, Metallica, Dokken, Winger, Dio, Yngwie Malmsteen, Scorpions, etc.
Playing soulful country music on a guitar
Country songs are suitable for easy listening. They mainly consist of clean lyrics with music pieces using classical guitars and other traditional instruments. Occasionally, solos of instruments like the banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and harmonica can also be heard in country songs. You can listen to songs by Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, Chris Young, Garth Brooks, and Shania Twain for a better idea.

Hip hop
Rappers at a hip hop music concert
In hip-hop or rap songs, the singer recites lyrics in an off-beat manner but with the continuity of the rhythm. These songs primarily include solid rhythmic beats and synth, with a focus on the way the lyrics are sung. Hip-hop songs have become popular not only in the USA, but all over the world. The most popular stars in hip-hop music are Eminem, Nelly, Akon, Flo Rida, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, and Kanye West.