Martin Briley

Genres: Pop / Rock

Biography

London, England. Bass guitarist and singer Martin Briley played with Mandrake Paddle Steamer and Prowler, and worked as a professional session musician before joining Greenslade during the twilight of that band’s career. In 1977 he relocated to the USA where, having met Ellen Foley, he was inducted into the Ian Hunter Band. At this time he became a well-known songwriter, with his material sung by Barry Manilow, Karla DeVito and Pat Benatar. This success encouraged Mercury Records to offer him a solo contract, resulting in the release of three solo albums in the mid-80s. The second of these, One Night With A Stranger, featured the minor hit, ‘Salt In My Tears’, and announced the singer’s arrestingly melodic hard rock style. Continually photographed wearing a red beret, Briley became a somewhat unlikely fixture on American AOR radio. He largely abandoned solo work in the late 80s and 90s, concentrating instead on working on sessions for others...

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