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David Martin Songwriter Biography

David Martin is an Ivor Novello and three times BMI award winning 30 million selling Songwriter, who has enjoyed a stellar career penning songs for Elvis Presley, Dusty Springfield, Billy Fury, Mama Cass, Edwin Starr, Barry Manilow, Cliff Richard & The Shadows, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Sandie Shaw, and numerous others. David has also been awarded many Gold Discs in his career, including 4 Single and a Double for Elvis Presley, and also a Gold for mega-hit ‘Can’t Smile Without You’ (Barry Manilow).

He has written songs that have been released on the world’s largest record labels, including Motown, Warner, Capitol, RCA, Polydor, Decca, Parlophone, Columbia, and EMI amongst others.

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David Martin – Career Beginnings

David’s songwriting career began in the 1970’s when he met songwriters Chris Arnold and Geoff Morrow, which saw the birth of the formidable trio Arnold-Martin-Morrow.

Together they formed the band Butterscotch and with David on lead vocal RCA released ‘Don’t You Know (She Said Hello)’ which hit the top 20 in the UK. Soon after, they hit the Number 1 spot, again with David on lead vocal with the hit song ‘There’s A Whole Lot Of Loving’ featuring the band Guys and Dolls.

Elvis Presley and Billy Fury

The trio enjoyed their first hit for Billy Fury: ‘In Thoughts of You’, and ‘I’ll Never Quite Get Over You’, and their creative talents produced 25 years worth of smash hits including 4 songs for Elvis Presley. Their partnership has produced songs which have been either recorded or performed by the following stars:

  • Elvis Presley

  • Edwin Starr

  • Andy Williams

  • The Carpenters

  • Barry Manilow

  • Dusty Springfield

  • Mama Cass

  • Billy Fury

  • Wayne Newton

  • Cliff Richard and The Shadows

  • Edison Lighthouse

  • Peters and Lee

  • Gerry and The Pacemakers

  • Joe Brown

  • Al Martino

  • Norman Wisdom

  • Sandie Shaw

  • Helen Shapiro

  • Cilla Black

  • David Essex

  • Engelbert Humperdinck

  • Guys and Dolls

  • Madeline Bell

  • Brotherhood of Man

Can’t Smile Without You – Barry Manilow

In 1975, David wrote the major global hit song ‘Can’t Smile Without You’ for Barry Manilow, one of the world’s best selling artists. Can’t Smile Without You has become a pop standard and covered by numerous artists including The Carpenters and Engelbert Humperdinck to name a few. This song also featured in three major films: Four Weddings and a Funeral, Starsky and Hutch, and Hellboy II.

Ivor Novello & BMI Awards

David was awarded the most prestigious Ivor Novello Award for Songwriting for ‘Can’t Smile Without You’, in addition to three BMI Awards in America (for a record 3 million airplays of the song– an accreditation that seals it firmly in the category of one of only 20 songs to do so in the US).

The James Last Orchestra

From 1979 to 1982 David also sang in the choir for The James Last Orchestra, entertaining followers around the world, the first of his forays back to his great love – singing.

Silky Smooth Moments Album

David has continued writing, performing and singing alongside numerous other performers both on the stage and in the studio. From performing live with Louisa Parry at the New End Theatre in Hampstead (singing all of his favourite hits that had featured so much in his early singing career), to recording with Producer Graham Noon (supported by the Terry Coffey Trio), he has a great love of American Songbook classics that has continued throughout his music career.

David continues to be inspired by the very best singers- Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Vic Damone, and Dean Martin, who all possess a unique brand of individuality in sound and phrasing. On his latest album ‘Silky Smooth Moments’, he flies the flag for these irresistible songs whilst creating his own sound. He also enjoys touring with his new show which you can book here at Atrium Talent (for show details see top of page).

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