|Also known as||Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush (1980–2021)|
|Origin||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Labels||Nine Records, 20th Century Fox Records, Columbia Records, Just a Minute Records|
|Associated acts||Kim Mitchell • Max Webster • April Wine|
|Past members||Paul Harwood|
Claudio Daniel Pesavento
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.
The band is perhaps best known for Marino's soaring lead guitar which bears a strong resemblance to the playing of Jimi Hendrix. 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.
Marino has described the band's sound as "The Grateful Dead meets jazz".
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.
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".
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