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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.
|Also known as||Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush (1980–present)|
|Origin||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Labels||Nine Records, 20th Century Fox Records, Columbia Records, Just a Minute Records|
|Past members||Paul Harwood|
Claudio Daniel Pesavento
The band is perhaps best known for Marino's soaring lead guitar which bears a strong resemblance to the playing of Jimi Hendrix. 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.
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. Marino himself has described the band's sound as "The Grateful Dead meets jazz".
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. 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.
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".
- 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)
- 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)
- 1972 Maxoom (U.S. #159)
- 1974 Child of the Novelty (U.S. #74)
- 1975 Strange Universe (U.S. #84)
- 1976 Mahogany Rush IV (U.S. #175)
- 1977 World Anthem (U.S. #184)
- 1978 Live (U.S. #129)
- 1979 Tales of the Unexpected (U.S. #129)
- 1980 What's Next (U.S. #88)
- 1988 Double Live
- 1996 Dragonfly – The best of Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush
- 2000 Eye of the Storm
- 2004 Real Live! (double CD album)
- 2008 Mahogany Rush IV / World Anthem (BGO Records BGOCD793 Remaster)
- 2009 Mahogany Rush Live / Tales of the Unexpected / What's Next (BGO Records BGOCD894 Remaster)
- 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)
- Billboard, Allmusic