Martins was the author of many classic Brazilian songs, especially sambas. They include:
- Da cor do meu violão
- Ave Maria no Morro
- Praça onze
- Que rei sou eu?
Martins formed the Trio de Ouro group in 1936 with Nilo Chagas and his wife, Dalva de Oliveira. Martin's son, Pery Ribeiro, became a highly successful singer of Bossa Nova, and Música popular brasileira and Jazz.
- Berlin to the Samba Beat (1944)
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