David A. Martin
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|David A. Martin|
|Origin||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Died||August 2, 1987|
|Genres||Rock and roll, rockabilly. R&B|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, singer|
Sparton Records (Canada)
Various Indie labels
|Associated acts||Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs, The Tom Toms, Bill Smith Combo, Gene Summers, Freddy Fender|
David A. Martin (1937 – August 2, 1987) was a founding member and original bass player for the rock group Sam the Sham, and recorded all their early hits on MGM Records. Martin also co-wrote the group's #1 hit "Wooly Bully" which sold over three million records. After leaving the group in late 1965, he returned to Garland, Texas, a Dallas suburb, where he operated a television and video repair shop, located on Lavon Drive (Highway 78), until his death.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Martin started his musical career in 1959 with a band called Tommy & the Tom Toms, which became The Bill Smith Combo in 1960, and recorded several singles for Chess Records. He also worked with Gene Summers, Freddy Fender and Scotty McKay.
- Thedeadrockstarsclub.com - accessed November 2010