Johnny has played guitar with a phenomenal list of artists, here are a few associations you may not have realised.
Johnny Marr and Kirsty MacColl
The pair were firm friends and collaborators since 1986 when Kirsty sang backing vocals on The Smiths ‘Bigmouth Strikes Again’. Johnny went on to play guitar on a number of tracks for Kirsty, including her cover of The Kinks ‘Days’ alongside David Gilmour, which was a top 15 hit.
Johnny Marr and Bryan Ferry
Johnny first played guitar for Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry in 1987 on a song called ‘The Right Stuff’. It was the first single from Ferry’s seventh album ‘Bête Noire’. The two have collaborated and played live together a number of times through the years, in 2014 Marr played on Ferry’s solo album alongside Nile Rodgers for the track ‘Driving Me Wild’.
Johnny Marr and Paul McCartney
At age 23, Johnny’s unique guitar playing had caught the attention of The Beatles bassist Paul McCartney, who called him up and invited him over to jam. They played for hours and Johnny shared a mic with McCartney to sing ‘I Saw Her Standing There’.
Johnny Marr and Chrissie Hynde / The Pretenders
In 1987, Johnny was temporarily a member of Chrissie Hynde’s band The Pretenders and joined them opening for U2, playing ‘Kid’. He toured with the band and appeared on the single ‘Windows of the World’.
Johnny Marr and Tom Jones
In 1999, Tom Jones collaborated with The Pretenders to record a version of Iggy Pop’s iconic song ‘Lust for Life’. Johnny Marr played guitar, harmonica and laid down vocals for the track which appears on Tom Jones album ‘Reload’.
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