David A. Martin

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David A. Martin
Born 1937
Origin Dallas, Texas, United States
Died August 2, 1987
Genres Rock and roll, rockabilly. R&B
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, singer
Instruments Bass guitar
Years active 1959–1966
Labels MGM Records
Chess Records
Alta Records
Sparton Records (Canada)
Dingo Records
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)[1] 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,[1] and recorded several singles for Chess Records. He also worked with Gene Summers, Freddy Fender and Scotty McKay.

Martin died in August 1987 from a heart attack, at the age of 50.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Thedeadrockstarsclub.com - accessed November 2010

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