Eddie Martinez

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Eddie Martinez
Birth nameEddie Paul Martinez
BornNew York City, New York,U.S.
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • singer
  • Guitar
  • vocals

Eddie Paul Martinez is an American guitarist, born and raised in New York City and of Puerto Rican ancestry, who mainly performs as a session musician.

Martinez's professional music career began in the 1960s and continues today. He has recorded and toured with dozens of musicians representing numerous styles (including rock, jazz, rap, and R&B), but he is probably best known for work he did in the mid-1980s. Martinez said in a 2015 interview, "In the span of less than a year, I did three records that really put me on the map in terms of a sonic direction. Those were: Riptide, Steve Winwood’s Back in the High Life, and then I played on David Lee Roth’s EP Crazy from the Heat, with "California Girls" and "Just a Gigolo".[1]

Also around the same period, Martinez contributed guitars to several tracks on Mick Jagger's first solo album She's the Boss,[2] the 1984 Run-DMC single "Rock Box"[3] and the title track on Run-DMC's groundbreaking 1985 album King of Rock.[4] In addition, Martinez is featured prominently in both the "Rock Box" and the "King of Rock" videos. "Rock Box" is commonly cited as the first rap video played on MTV, whose influence continues to reverberate today. It was one of the six songs chosen for an AMC series Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America (due to be broadcast in late January in the UK on BBC Four), and Martinez's "distorted guitar sound that runs through the entire "Rock Box" record was one Questlove deemed the sound of the 1980s that connected Prince and Def Leppard to ... LL Cool J ... and Fat Boys’ “Jailhouse Rap.”[5] In a 2015 list of "The Top 10 Uses of Guitar in Hip-Hop," Guitar World ranked Martinez's contribution to "Rock Box" at Number One, saying "Eddie Martinez's searing lead work puts this track from the group's 1984 debut over the top—and ahead of its time."[6]

Other notable sessions include Robert Palmer's 1988 album Heavy Nova, which included the hit "Simply Irresistible", Meat Loaf (Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell)[7] and several Jim Steinman projects, plus work with Lou Reed and dozens of others.[8]

While Martinez has made his mark primarily as a recording session guitarist, he has also many years of live credits, including Blondie's Farewell Concert in Toronto, Canada, along with the entire 1982 Tracks Across America tour, and he accompanied Mick Jagger at the first Live Aid concert in 1985. He toured and recorded with Labelle in the 1970s and was part of Robert Palmer's touring band.

In 1984 he released his first solo album, No Lies, on Cotillion Records which was produced by Bernard Edwards of Chic.

Personal life[edit]

Martinez currently resides in Portland, Oregon.[1]



  • No Lies (1984)
  • Akosua (2018)


  1. ^ a b Rizzo, Nathan (29 May 2015). "Eddie Martinez: Guitar God in our midst". Oregon Music News. Oregon Music MNews. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  2. ^ Martinez, Eddie (15 November 2017). "Studio Lore: Tracking with Mick and Jeff". Guitar Player. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  3. ^ Bosso, Joe (27 July 2015). "Session pro Eddie Martinez's top 5 tips for guitarists". MusicRadar. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  4. ^ Price, Simon (4 July 2016). "Walk This Way: how Run-DMC and Aerosmith changed pop". The Guardian. Guardian News & Media Limited. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  5. ^ Nelson, Keith (28 October 2019). "'Songs That Shook America' Episode Three: The Legacy of Run-DMC's Barrier-Breaking Single "Rock Box"". Okayplayer. Okayplayer. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  6. ^ "The Top 10 Uses of Guitar in Hip-Hop". Guitar World. Future Publishing Limited. 2 March 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  7. ^ Ransom, Kevin (1 March 1994). "Meat Loaf's guitarists - bombasts and then some". Guitar Player. NewBay Media LLC. 28 (3): 19.
  8. ^ "Eddie Martinez: Credits". AllMusic. AllMusic. Retrieved 1 January 2020.

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