Hank Marr

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Hank Marr (30 January 1927 – 16 March 2004) was a soul jazz and hard bop Hammond B3 organist and pianist born in Columbus, Ohio, probably best known for his many albums recorded under his own name for the Double-time record label.[1]

Career[edit]

Columbus natives Hank Marr and (Tenor Saxophonist) Rusty Bryant co-led a group that toured for several years (beginning in 1958 going into 1960’s).[2] Later, Marr led a group that featured Electric Guitarist/Singer James Ulmer [3] . Ulmer first recorded professionally with Marr in 1964. Ulmer later toured Europe under Marr in 1966-1967.

As a sideman, Marr made a name for himself playing with many accomplished musicians. In the late 1960s, Marr performed in a duo with guitarist Floyd Smith (musician) in Atlantic City, NJ.[4]

Marr had two minor hit singles, "Greasy Spoon" (U.S. No. 101, 1964) and "Silver Spoon" (U.S. No. 134, 1965).[5]

Discography[edit]

Original 7" vinyl (45rpm) releases[edit]

  • Federal Records:
  • 12400 (1961) Tonk Game [matrix #4990] // Hob-Nobbin' [matrix #4991]
  • 12403 (1961) Ram-Bunk-Shush [1370] // The Push [1371] note: guitarist Freddie King featured on both songs.
  • 12412 (1961) Travelin' Heavy [1384] // Mexican Vodka [1385] note: guitarist Freddie King featured on both songs.
  • 12451 (1962) The Twist Serenade [785] // Your Magic Touch [786] note: guitarist Freddie King featured on both songs.
  • 12468 (1962) The Watusi-Roll [1455] // Sweet Nancy [1456] note: guitarist Freddie King featured on both songs.
  • 12483 (1963) Marsanova [831] // Stand In Line [829]
  • 12489 (1963) The Squash [832] // Day By Day [825]
  • 12507 (1964) The Push [1371] reissue // Tonk Game [4990] reissue
  • 12508 (1964) The Greasy Spoon [848] // I Can't Go On (Without You) [824]
  • 12516 (1964) I Remember New York (feat. Rusty Bryant) [867] // Easy Talk [872]
  • 12520 (1964) Bridge To Shangri-La [882] // Up And Down [876]
  • 12536 (1965) Hank's Idea [871] // Midnight Moon [827]
  • 12538 (1965) Silver Spoon [905] // No Rough Stuff [903]
  • Wingate Records:
  • 011 (1966) Sonny Stitt: Stitt's Groove [107473] // Hank Marr: Marr's Groove [107472]
  • 012 (1966) White House Party [107470] // The 'Out' Crowd [107471]
  • Federal Records:
  • 12544 (1967) Philly Dog '67 [902] // I Remember New York [867] reissue
  • King Records:
  • 6167 (1968) Down In The Bottom [912] // Soup Spoon [914]
  • 6220 (1969) The Market Place [913] // Smothered Soul [919]
  • 6263 (1969) The Greasy Spoon [848] reissue // All My Love Belongs To You [823]

LP/CD releases/compilations of note[edit]

  • Teentime: Latest Dance Steps (King #829, 1963)
  • Live At The Club 502 (King #899, 1964)
  • On And Off Stage (King #933, 1965)
  • Hank Marr Plays 24 Great Songs (King #1011, 1966) 24 tracks/2LP compilation
  • Sounds From The Marr-Ket Place (King #1025, 1968)
  • Greasy Spoon (King #1061, 1969) 12 tracks/LP compilation
  • Greasy Spoon (Charly R&B #CD-CHARLY-271, 1991) 20 tracks/CD compilation; different track listing from King #1011 (13 tracks are repeated), and King #1061 (8 tracks are repeated).
  • It's 'Bout Time! (Double Time #DTR-102, 1995)
  • Kevin Dean: Kevin's Heaven (Double Time #DTR-103, 1995) with Hank Marr, Greg Clayton, Jim Rupp
  • Groovin' It (Double Time #DTR-112, 1996)
  • Hank & Frank (Double Time #DTR-134, 1997) a tribute to Count Basie; with Frank Foster
  • Blues'n And Cruisin' (Double Time #DTR-1001, 2001 [rel. 2005])

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nastos, Michael G. "Hank Marr Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-06-23. 
  2. ^ Rye, Howard. "Bryant, Rusty [Royal Gordan]". The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (2nd ed.). 
  3. ^ Rye, Howard. "Bryant, Rusty [Royal Gordan]". The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (2nd ed.). 
  4. ^ Rye, Howard. "Bryant, Rusty [Royal Gordan]". The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (2nd ed.). 
  5. ^ Joel Whitburn, Top Pop Singles. 12th edn, p. 618.

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