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A quickie with Marshall Crenshaw

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On December 28, 2013, Marshall Crenshaw performed a solo show at Club Passim in Cambridge. The venue originally opened in 1958 as Club 47 and became a non profit in 1994. It's located right in Harvard Square and has featured many famous and not so famous musicians over the years.

Passim is the perfect venue for Crenshaw who engaged his audience in this intimate setting. Crenshaw sang a large selection of his music which has been recorded for more than sixteen albums including his top forty hit, "Someday, someway," featured in the film, "Night Shift." Other film credits include playing a member of the band along with his brother, in the film, "Peggy Sue Got Married." He also played John Lennon in a touring production of "Beatlemania" in the late 1970's.

Examiner spoke with Crenshaw after his show.

Examiner: How is your Boston audience different from others?

Crenshaw: " I can't think of an answer to that, but I do feel an affinity with Boston; it was during a 4 week stay there with "Beatlemania" in February, 1980 that I decided to quit the show and go completely on my own. I wrote "Someday Someway", "Maryanne", a couple other songs from my first album, in the Copley Plaza Hotel while waiting out my two week notice."

Examiner: What are some stories you can share about the wide range of people who have covered your music?

Crenshaw: "It's kind of an odd mix, I guess. First was Robert Gordon. I've been working with him again lately and at this point we're old friends. Really old. After him was Bette Midler, a gal from Austin named LouAnn Barton, a couple of Nashville acts, The Bellamy Brothers and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Then I had a bit of a dry spell before Owen Paul in the UK recorded "(You're My) Favorite Waste of Time." That was the mega-hit out of the whole bunch. A few years later came "'Til I Hear It From You" by The Gin Blossoms. Lately, Matthew Sweet and Susannah Hoffs and a guy in France named Viktor Huganet. I was just there a couple weeks ago working with him."

Upcoming show: January 23, 2014 - Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River, Massachusetts

For more information on upcoming shows: www.marshallcrenshaw.com

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