Mahogany Rush

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Mahogany Rush
Also known asFrank Marino & Mahogany Rush (1980–present)
OriginMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Years active1970–present
LabelsNine Records, 20th Century Fox Records, Columbia Records, Just a Minute Records
MembersFrank Marino
Peter Dowse
Mick Layne
Josh Trago
Past membersPaul Harwood
Jimmy Ayoub
Phil Bech
Johnny McDiarmid
Vince Marino
Timm Biery
Claudio Daniel Pesavento
Dave Goode

Mahogany Rush is a Canadian rock band led by guitarist Frank Marino. The band had its peak of popularity in the 1970s, playing such venues as California Jam II together with bands such as Aerosmith, Ted Nugent and Heart. Mahogany Rush formed in Montreal during 1970.[1]

The band is perhaps best known for Marino's soaring lead guitar which bears a strong resemblance to the playing of Jimi Hendrix.[2] Long term members of the band have included bassist Paul Harwood and drummer Jimmy Ayoub, and Frank's brother Vince on guitar; Frank Marino is the sole continuous member of the band. Starting in the late 1970s, the group recorded and toured as Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush.[2]

Musical style[edit]

The music of Mahogany Rush is diverse, ranging from genres such as psychedelic rock, blues rock, and funk rock (styles which are most prevalent on the group's early releases), to a more standard hard rock/heavy metal style in their later career.[citation needed] Marino himself has described the band's sound as "The Grateful Dead meets jazz".[3]


In an effort to gain press attention, the original record company created a fictional story that Frank Marino, prior to starting the band, had spent time in a mental institution after taking LSD and was visited by Jimi Hendrix in a vision.[2] This gave him his inspiration to play as he did on the first album which very closely mirrored the style of Jimi Hendrix. By the time the third album, Strange Universe was recorded, this approach to filling the public desire to purchase newer Jimi Hendrix-styled music had been perfected.[citation needed]

Over time, the band migrated to a larger and more financially supported record company and achieved its greatest radio hit success with the song "Strange Dreams".[4]


Current members

  • Frank Marino – vocals, guitars, keyboards (1969–present)
  • Mick Layne – guitars (2000–present)
  • Avi Ludmer – violin, guitars (2004–present)
  • Dave Goode – drums (2000–present)
  • Mark Weber – bass (2008–present)

Former members

  • Paul Harwood – bass (1970–1986)
  • Jimmy Ayoub – drums, percussion (1970–1982)
  • Phil Bech – piano (1970–1974)
  • Johnny McDiarmid – keyboards (1970–1974)
  • Vince Marino – guitars (1980–2000)
  • Timm Biery – drums (1982–1999)
  • Claudio Daniel Pesavento – keyboards (1982–1989)
  • Josh Trager – drums (1999–2000)
  • Peter Dowse – bass (1986–2008)



  1. ^ Larkin, Colin, (Ed.) (2006). "Mahogany Rush." In Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-972636-3. Retrieved 20 June 2017.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  2. ^ a b c Colin Larkin, ed. (1997). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music (Concise ed.). Virgin Books. p. 787/8. ISBN 1-85227-745-9.
  3. ^ "Montreal guitarist Frank Marino on local radio, his band and his life". YouTube. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-10-24. Retrieved 2017-10-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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