Johnny Marr

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Johnny Marr
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Background information
Birth nameJohn Martin Maher
Born (1963-10-31) 31 October 1963 (age 58)
Manchester, England
GenresAlternative rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, guitarist
InstrumentsGuitar, Vocals, Keyboards, Piano, Harmonica, Mandolin, Harmonium
Years active1982 – present

Johnny Marr (born John Martin Maher on 31 October 1963) is an English guitarist, keyboardist, harmonica player, and singer. Marr was born in Ardwick, Manchester to Irish immigrants. When he was younger, he wanted to be a football player. He rose to fame in the 1980s as the guitarist in The Smiths, where he formed an influential songwriting partnership with Morrissey. In 2013 he was given NME's Godlike Genius award. He released his first solo album, The Messenger, in 2013.