Derek Martin

Derek Martin

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Derek Martin was born in Detroit in 1938, and like many early R&B and soul singers, he got his start in gospel. His professional break came early when he was hired at the age of 17 to sing with Duke Ellington. In the early '50s Martin joined the singing group the Pearls along with fellow singer Howard Guyton and pianist Dave Clowney (who would find success in 1959 with the novelty hit "The Happy Organ" as Dave "Baby" Cortez), and the group released its first single (as the Five Pearls) in 1954 and also recorded as Howie & the Sapphires, releasing a single under that name in 1959 for OKeh Records. Eventually the group changed its name to the Top Notes and recorded for several imprints, including Tuba, Sue, and Roulette as well as putting out a single 45 for Stax, the enduring "Soul Power"/"Sly Girl." The Top Notes also released the original version of "Twist & Shout" in 1961 as the B-side to "Always Late" for Atlantic Records, and it was the Top Notes' version that formed the template, albeit amped up, for the Isley Brothers' later hit rendition of the song. Martin launched his solo career in 1963 with a successful cover of Otis Blackwell's "Daddy Rolling Stone" on Crackerjack Records, and just missed hitting the Top 20 pop and R&B charts with the single "You Better Go." For several years now, Martin has made his home in France, where he is rightfully lauded as a master soul singer, having earned the nickname "the Golden Voice." EMI collected his Roulette releases for 2007's Take Me Like I Am: The Roulette Recordings.
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Derek Martin Discography Tracks

Singles & EPs

Derek Martin Daddy Rollin' Stone / Don't Put Me Down Like This (Single) Crackerjack Records US 1963 Sell This Version
Shawn Elliott / Derek Martin Shawn Elliott / Derek Martin - Shame And Scandal In The Family / You Better Go (EP) Roulette, Roulette France 1964 Sell This Version
Derek Martin I Won't Cry Anymore / Your Daddy Wants His Baby Back (Single) Roulette US 1965 Sell This Version
Derek Martin You Better Go / You Know (Single) Roulette US 1965 Sell This Version
45 VR. 195012 Derek Martin I Won't Cry Anymore(7", Single) Roulette 45 VR. 195012 France 1965 Sell This Version
Derek Martin Bumper To Bumper / Don't Resist (Single) Roulette Spain 1966 Sell This Version
Derek Martin If You Go (Single) Sue Records Inc. US 1966 Sell This Version
Derek Martin Soul Power / Sly Girl (Single) Tuba Records (2) US 1967 Sell This Version
R-4743 Derek Martin Breakaway / Take Me Like I Am(7", Single, Promo) Roulette R-4743 US 1967 Sell This Version
Derek Martin You Blew It Baby Buttercup Records US 1970 Sell This Version
Derek Martin Your Love Made A Man Out Of Me (Single) Buttercup Records US 1971 Sell This Version
Alive 'N Kickin' / Derek Martin Alive 'N Kickin' / Derek Martin - Tighter, Tighter / You Better Go (Single) Roulette Germany 1973 Sell This Version
Derek Martin How Can I Get Away / That's What I'll Do (Single) Vibration US 1973 Sell This Version
Derek Martin Falling Out Of Love / That's What I'll Do (Single) Vibration US 1973 Sell This Version
AP-2358 Derek Martin Beautiful Woman(7") All Platinum AP-2358 US 1975 Sell This Version
COL 0260 Ben Aiken / Derek Martin Ben Aiken / Derek Martin - Stay Together Young Lovers / You Better Go(7") Collectables COL 0260 US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

50999 509535 2 3 Derek Martin Take Me Like I Am - The Roulette Recordings(CD, Comp, RM) Stateside 50999 509535 2 3 UK & Europe 2007 Sell This Version

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