Johnny Marr

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Johnny Marr
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Background information
Birth name John Martin Maher
Born (1963-10-31) 31 October 1963 (age 54)
Manchester, England
Genres Alternative rock
Occupations Musician, songwriter, guitarist
Instruments Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards, Piano, Harmonica, Mandolin, Harmonium
Years active 1982 - present
Labels Various
Associated acts The Smiths, Electronic, Johnny Marr and The Healers, Modest Mouse, The The, The Cribs

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.