David Martin's Latest Release - Silky Smooth Moments
David’s musical career began in the 70’s, as a member of Butterscotch on RCA Records he enjoyed a major UK hit with “Don’t you Know She Said Hello”, swiftly followed by performing the lead vocal on the Guys and Dolls Number 1 UK hit “There’s A Whole Lot of Loving”. A meeting with Songwriters Chris Arnold and Geoff Morrow saw the birth of a formidable partnership and together they created immediate hits for Billy Fury – “In Thoughts of You” and “I’ll Never Quite Get Over You” – thus the songwriting team of Arnold – Martin – Morrow was born!
That 25 year partnership produced songs for Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard, Wayne Newton, David Essex, Dusty Springfield, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Edison Lighthouse, Sandy Shaw, Cilla Black, Mama Cass and many more.
From 1979 to 1982 David sang in the choir for The James Last Orchestra, entertaining followers around the world, the first of his forays back to his first love – singing.
Earlier in 1975, David penned a song that was to become a major global hit – “Can’t Smile Without You” for Barry Manilow – a song that has become a pop standard and covered by many artists, The Carpenters, Boyzone, Englebert Humperdink to name a few, as well as featuring in three major films – Four Weddings and a Funeral, Starsky and Hutch and Hell Boy 2.
David has received an Ivor Novello Award for "Can't Smile Without You" as well as three BMI awards in the USA for over 3 million airplays of his song.
Fast forward to 2010 and in addition to his songwriting we find David appearing and headlining, alongside show singer Louisa Parry in an American Songbook show at the New End Theatre, Hampstead – again the irresistible pull of singing the songs that had featured so much in his early singing career could not be denied.
And so a project that has been described as well overdue was initiated in 2012 when David went back into the studio, with Producer and good friend Graham Noon, to make an album of American Songbook classics, supported by the sublime Terry Coffey Trio. A chance remark by Graham, that a recording was “Silky Smooth” not only prompted the title of the album but also prompted David to write a song which is destined to become a classic for lovers of romantic music everywhere, and the result is “Silky Smooth Moments”.
David continues to listen to the very best singers; Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennet, Vic Damone and his “nearly namesake” Dean Martin. They all possess a unique brand of individuality in sound and phrasing, in recording this latest album, as David flies the flag for these irresistible songs, he has aimed to create his own particular brand of sound and hopes fervently that listeners will derive their own “Silky Smooth Moments” from what they hear!