Mahogany Rush
Scene from a performance in 1983
Scene from a performance in 1983
Background information
Also known asFrank Marino & Mahogany Rush (1980–2021)
OriginMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Years active1969–2021[1]
LabelsNine Records, 20th Century Fox Records, Columbia Records, Just a Minute Records
MembersFrank Marino
Dave Goode
Mick Layne
Avi Ludmer
Mark Weber
Past membersPaul Harwood
Jimmy Ayoub
Phil Bech
Johnny McDiarmid
Vince Marino
Timm Biery
Claudio Daniel Pesavento
Peter Dowse
Josh Trager

Mahogany Rush was a Canadian rock band led by guitarist Frank Marino. Formed in Montreal, Quebec in 1969, the band had its peak of popularity in the 1970s, playing venues as large as California Jam II.[2]

The band is perhaps best known for Marino's soaring lead guitar which bears a strong resemblance to the playing of Jimi Hendrix.[3] Long-term members of the band have included bassist Paul Harwood and drummer Jimmy Ayoub, and Frank's brother Vince on guitar; Frank Marino is the sole continuous member of the band. Starting in the late 1970s, the group recorded and toured as Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush.[3]

Musical style

Marino has described the band's sound as "The Grateful Dead meets jazz".[4]


In an effort to gain press attention, the original record company created a fictional story that Frank Marino, prior to starting the band, had spent time in a mental institution after taking LSD and was visited by Jimi Hendrix in a vision.[3]

Over time, the band migrated to a larger and more financially supported record company and achieved its greatest radio hit success with the song "Strange Dreams".[5]


Last line-up

Former members


Studio albums


  1. ^ a b c d Originally released as Frank Marino solo albums and later re-released under the moniker Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush.


  1. ^ "FRANK MARINO Announces 'Immediate Retirement From Touring' Due To 'Debilitating Medical Condition'". 30 June 2021. Retrieved 19 July 2021.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin, (Ed.) (2006). "Mahogany Rush." In Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-972636-3. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Colin Larkin, ed. (1997). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music (Concise ed.). Virgin Books. p. 787/8. ISBN 1-85227-745-9.
  4. ^ "Montreal guitarist Frank Marino on local radio, his band and his life". YouTube. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  5. ^ "Frank Marino Sets the Record Straight About His Career, the Music Industry and How the Guitar Saved His Life | Guitar World". Archived from the original on 2017-10-24. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  6. ^ John Bush. "Mahogany Rush | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-12-06.