Marlon Hoffman’s musical path… Big Mama Thornton spent seven weeks at number one with “Hound Dog” in 1953, the year Marlon was born. His Dad heard Elvis sing it in 1956 and went on to sing it to young Marlon over and over again. Drilled it into his heart. Raised right on Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Patti Page, Harry Belafonte, Burl Ives and Fess Parker but by the time he hit ten he was hit hard by the Four Seasons, Leonard Bernstein, The Beach Boys, Chubby Checker, and The Beatles. Then, with a set of drums…his path was full on Rock and Roll.
By the age of twelve he was playing songs by the Yardbirds and the Kinks, which came in handy in 1968. Nineteen-sixty-eight, Marlon’s fourteenth year and the year of the last Yardbirds tour when he met Jimmy Page. Jimmy had him carry his guitar to the gig at The Image on Miami Beach. From a folding chair on stage, Marlon got to see and feel the power and magic up close. Hooked. From then on he immersed himself in the power and magic of countless concerts and gigs dedicating his eyes and ears to amps, guitars and songwriting crafted under the influence of mojo and juju lessons galore from artists like McClinton Rayford, Dave Von Ronk and Kinky Friedman. It has been a spiritual path winding through family breakdowns; wars at home in a country with wars all over. Marlon studied psychology and worked First Aid at rock concerts for the Woodstock Generation. This granted the wonderful perk of meeting George Harrison backstage at the Concert for Bangladesh.
Marlon Hoffman is keeping the music alive with his ‘65 Strat on a musical path that has wound all over this world, in Recovery, the Arts and gigs of all kinds just about everywhere. His new double album “The Marlon Hoffman Band - Live at the Village Recorder I & II” will be released early this year. For information on the record, tours and the band go to marlonhoffman.com or YouTube.