Johnny Marr has been announced as this year’s recipient of the NME Godlike Genius Award.
In a recent interview for NME, Johnny Marr told how he came to own his iconic cherry red 1959 Gibson ES-355. The day he got the guitar, he used it to write The Smiths’ classic “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now”.
It was bought for him by Seymour Stein in January 1984 during The Smiths first trip to New York. Seymour Stein promised to buy Johnny Marr a guitar if The Smiths signed to his label, Sire Records. After seeing Johnny Marr’s ES-355, Noel Gallagher was inspired to buy one for himself.
Jonny Marr also owns a black ES-355, which he used on “Forbidden City”, with Electronic. For a while he owned a sunburst 12-string model that was used heavily on The Smiths’ final album, “Strangeways, Here We Come”. But he gave it to Bernard Butler in the mid 90′s.