|Marshall Crenshaw (born November 11, 1953 in Detroit, Michigan) is an
American singer, songwriter and guitarist. He grew up in the suburb of
Berkley. Crenshaw began playing guitar at age ten, and got his first break
playing John Lennon in the off-Broadway company of a musical,
Beatlemania. While in New York, he recorded a single for Alan Betrock's
Shake Records, "Something's Gonna Happen," after which he was signed to
Warner Bros. Records. Robert Gordon took Crenshaw's "Someday,
Someway" to #76 in 1981, and Crenshaw's version made #36 the next year.
His eponymous first album, Marshall Crenshaw, was acclaimed as a pop
masterpiece upon release, proving Crenshaw a first-rate songwriter, singer
and guitarist. His second album, Field Day, sported a somewhat heavier
sound which displeased some listeners, but Field Day is regarded by many
critics as Crenshaw's best album, and one of the classic power pop
statements, although Crenshaw's work, like Alex Chilton's, transcends the
genre. "Some of the stuff I've done you could call power pop," he told an
interviewer. "But the term does have sort of a dodgy connotation."
Although Marshall Crenshaw has never sold enormous numbers of records,
he enjoys a reputation as one of the finest songwriters of the era, with roots
in classic soul music, British Invasion songcraft, Burt Bacharach and Buddy
Holly--to whom Crenshaw was often compared in the early days of his career,
and whom he portrayed in the 1987 film La Bamba. In 1989 he compiled a
collection of Capitol Records country performers of the '50s and '60s called
"Hillbilly Music...Thank God, Vol. 1," which was extremely well-received. In
1993 he made an appearance in the cult TV show The Adventures of Pete
and Pete, in the role of a guitar-playing meter reader. In 1994 he published a
book, Hollywood Rock: A Guide to Rock 'n' Roll in the Movies. He continues
to record, and in 1999 released the critically acclaimed #447.
Crenshaw has recently been playing guitar with the reunited members of the
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