Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr (born John Martin Maher; 31 October 1963) is an English musician and songwriter. Marr rose to fame in the 1980s as the guitarist in The Smiths, with whom he formed a prolific songwriting partnership with Morrissey. Marr has been a member of Electronic, The The, and Modest Mouse. In 2008, he joined The Cribs after touring with them on 2008's NME Awards Tour, a group in which he would remain until 2011. Marr's jangly Rickenbacker guitar-playing in The Smiths proved to be popular among other musicians and has influenced many guitarists that followed particularly in the Britpop era. Marr was voted the fourth best guitarist of the last 30 years in a poll conducted by the BBC in 2010. Marr was born in Ardwick, Manchester, the son of Irish immigrants. His parents came from Athy in County Kildare. In 1975 he attended the Roman Catholic St Augustine's Grammar School, which in 1977 merged with other schools to form a comprehensive school, St John Plessington High School. Marr had aspirations to be a professional football player, and was approached by Nottingham Forest and had trials with Manchester City (which he supports).


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