The Rock City archives: 2013

Johnny Marr, Rock City Main Hall

  • Wednesday 16th October 2013
  • Supported by: Meredith Sheldon

He is best known for being the founder member, songwriter and guitarist in eighties cult bandThe Smiths.

The Smiths released 4 studio albums between 1984 and 1987 when the band dissolved.

The Smith’s major hits in the UK included ‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now’ and ‘Sheila Take a Bow’ which both reached #10 in the Official UK Singles Chart in 1984 and 1987 respectively.Other popular songs in the Smiths’ back catalogue include ‘This Charming Man’, ‘How Soon is Now’ and ‘There is Light that Never Goes Out’.

Since leaving the Smiths in 1987, Marr focused mainly on contributing to the work of established bands. He played session guitar and or wrote music for artists such as The Pretenders, Talking Heads, Billy Bragg and Kirsty Maccoll (among others).


He also became a member of The The briefly due to his friendship with singer Matt Johnson.