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Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush

This Canadian rock group started around 1970, simply known as Mahogany Rush. Frank Marino was added to the title later. Marino served as the lead singer, guitarist, and percussionist. Other members were bass guitarist Paul Harwood and drummer Jimmy Ayoub. In the early '80s, rhythm guitarist Vince Marino, Frank's brother, was added to the lineup. A couple of years after that, Ayoub walked, and drummer Tim Biery stepped in to replace him. Mahogany Rush released its debut album in 1973. It was the first of more than a dozen full-length recordings the group completed over the next two-plus decades.

The leader of Mahogany Rush, Frank Marino, was born in Montreal, Quebec in the winter of 1954. He had a troubled childhood. As a young teen, deep into drugs like LSD, Marino indulged too much, and found himself hospitalized. He had always loved psychedelic and hard rock music, like that of Jimi Hendrix, and time in the hospital, with a clear head, gave him a chance to really listen and hear the music. As part of his recovery, he was offered the chance to use a musical instrument. He was a drummer, but since none were available, he picked up a guitar. Over the next couple of months, Marino taught himself to play, and to do so amazingly well.

Fresh out of hospital, and trying to keep his thoughts off drugs, Marino pulled together some friends and formed a band that hopped around doing small gigs where and when they could. Many members came and went before Marino found the right fit with Ayoub and Harwood. That was when the true Mahogany Rush was born.

After a couple of years of seeming to get nowhere fast -- or at all -- the band finally recorded a debut album, Maxoom, released under the Kot'Ai Records label in 1973, when Marino was only 17. Between then and 1976, the group finished three more albums, Child of the Novelty, Strange Universe, and a self-titled offering. That latter appeared under a new label, the major Columbia Records. The next year the band lengthened its name to Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush. It stayed under contract with Columbia into the '80s, recording a number of albums, including World Anthem, Tales of the Unexpected, What's Next, The Power of Rock 'N Roll, and Juggernaut.

Around the middle of the '80s, the group landed a deal with Maze Records. The result was the album Double Live. Marino also recorded a solo album, Full Circle, under the label. Around that same time, Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush seemed to have called it quits, at least for that decade.

In 1995, Big Beat Records put together three of the group's early albums onto a two-CD set. A best-of album followed a year later, bringing back old fans, and growing a brand new batch to go with them. In 2000, the group recorded an independent release, Eye of the Storm. ~ Charlotte Dillon
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No way would Ted Nugent ever blow away Frank Marino. Frank is on another level then Ted.
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leshortonwin e g u y
Frank is and was the man, saw him many times from Winterland in SF to Cal jam. The boy can rip it.
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So under rated, Frank did it his way and did not cave to record companies.
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Dragonfly?
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Always liked this dude, one of the best guitar shredders, brings back good memories.
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Saw him in 1977 I think it was. He opened up for Nazareth. Great as always.
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Saw Frank many times. He never disappointed me. One of the best guitarist of my era anyway. just wish he would play more today.
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Greatest Frank songs are Land of 1000 nights and Ditch Queen. He tore it up at the California Jam.
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My favorite guitarist along with Robin Trower. Very underated but is simply awesome.
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I remember the jam duels between him and Ted Nugent although great Ted always won big
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Discovered the band around " 74 " when I was 16 and played them thru my headphones at night constantly a truly great and underrated band
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I heard that he pissed off a producer long ago, and he was shunned by the Old Boys' Network music guys. Otherwise he might have been as well known as Rush, Journey, Frampton, etc. Has anyone heard that story as well?
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I remember seeing him and his band back in 74. Wow what a performance, awesome and yes very underratrd.
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So Goddamn Underrated!
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I first saw Frank Marino in San Diego California, while stationed there in 1974. He opened up for Black Sabbath, I have to say that he blew out the concert and Black Sabbath had a hard time to get the audience to get into there music. Eventually they did.
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Frank is self freak in' taught!!yep! ! ! ! ! t h a t means he must be an excellent guitar instructor,I mean he could be if he chose too,he corresponds through his guitar in a language highly intelligent
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Gee, thanks for the whole paragraph of bio info, Gary Hill. Most Pandora bios run several paragraphs, and at least give the appearance of being interested in the subject. Why did you even bother?
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Saw frank and mahogany rush way back in the day at the Youngstown tomorrow club opening band was Rush ticket price a whopping $ 3.00 what a show. Saw frank again at Cleveland hard rock cafe still awesome
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Bio doesn't do him justice.
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melanieraeta y l o r
Favorite album strange universe. Best song land of 1000 nights
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Like Alan Holdsworth without the fusion.
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They are the epitome of 70's rock,when "freaks"roam e d the land in a hashish ,and other stronger hallucinogen s were in took,I was never among them,hippy music for the doped ands just dopes
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Frank Marino is a legend in my eyes Power of Rock'N'Roll just blew me away. Have most of his albums. It's pretty sad that a lot more people have heard him
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sunlinepr
One of the best guitars EVER.
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Listening to Who Do You Love, the live version on Dragonfly: The Best Of... Need to add Tales of the Unexpected and all the rest of the albums.
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natcalinmich
Great guitar work...Excel l e n t - lusciousvint a g e - I was at that same concert.
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Special delivery.... b a c k s t a g e . . . . m e t a l suitcase, for Frank.
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Killer guitarist, jam on eternal brother.
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outsin86877
My favorite album is Strange Universe. An old boyfriend in 1978 had that album on 8-track.
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Have seen Frank many times and wish that he would do one more tour of the midwest. Truly the most under rated guitarist of all time.


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lusciousvint a g e
saw him tons of times in the 80's. once with ac/dc openning for him and bon scott was still around. that was a show.....in a reduced arena in san diego sports arena...
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Simply the best guitarist alive, hands down!! Wish he would tour more though, only got to see him once, but it was in a small bar in Orlando back in the early 80's and he was in my face!!! LOVED IT!!!
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s2kdriver6
This song reminds me of Brothers In Arms. The guitar sound is similarly sad, the subjet matter identical. Not sure which was done first honestly....
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Poppy live will always stand out to me as his finest work. Great artist.
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My very 1st concert was Ted Nugent in 1978 at the original Boston Garden, and Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush was the opening act. Looking back, he was indeed the better performer and musician, although I didn't fully appreciate it at the time.
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agkipp6
My first boyfriend in high school introduced me to this great artist. Takes me back.....
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cmnielse
My co-worker 'J ' who is a real rock-n-roll gearhead, mentioned I might like Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush...I thought many things trying to figure out who the heck they were. I couldn't believe my ears when I heard this band's crazy awesome sound. Everyone should know somebody who knows their music artist ! Nice Bio work by Pandora to.
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best guitar player on the planet !
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I purchased one of his LPs by accident. I was hooked!
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Back in the day my husband used to rave about him and I didnt get it. Young and dumb I guess. I get it now, Love it.
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d-egan5
Frank Marino is, in my opinion, the most under-rated guitar player in the history of rock. I was at the Michigan Palace, when he completely BLEW TED NEUGENT OFF THE FREAKIN' STAGe in one of the guitar battle- downs....Bac k in the Day.... don't get me wrong, Ted, back then used to tell his audience I don't use any WAA WWA s**t, or any device to enhance my sound... you TED are a Liar, ......
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james.caslin
Saw them at Boston Music Hall 1974, backing Aerosmith. They blew Aerosmith away and made me a lifelong fan, gave my Aerosmith albumns away!!!
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That 1978 Live album was one of the soundtracks to my college daze!
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Wow! I love the lyrics AND music of this song!!
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ej88
No one plays like frank Marino no one
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skumkill666
Sad how little is said about Frank Marino... considering he's one of the best ever.
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saw frank w/edgar winter,nugen t scorpions late70s outdoor concert in pocono mts in PA. blew his amp! requiem for a sinner is my favorite song of his.
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Frank Marino is the reincarnatio n of Jimi Hendrix!!!
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Where's
What's Next?
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Frank is awesome, ive seen him twice at small venues, he blew doors! he reached his peak with the Juggernaut album
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