Moon Martin

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

John Martin, Oklahoma, USA. Emerging in 1978 with a style somewhere between new wave and nouveau 50s rock ‘n’ roll, Martin was nicknamed ‘Moon’ because he frequently employed lunar imagery in his songs. He began playing lead guitar in a straight C&W band Cec Wilson And The Panhandlers, then joined a Beatles -imitation outfit followed by a rockabilly unit called the Disciples. After moving to Los Angeles in the late 60s, he undertook session work for Del Shannon and Jackie DeShannon. In the meantime, the Disciples changed their name to Southwind and recorded three albums, all in a country rock vein. Martin continued his extra-curricular work, contributing to Linda Ronstadt’s Silk Purse, Jesse Ed Davis’ Ululu and some unreleased tracks by Gram Parsons. In 1974, Martin teamed-up with producer/arranger Jack Nitzsche, who took one of his songs, ‘Cadillac Walk’ to Mink DeVille. The song was a minor hit and DeVille recorded...

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