Martin Pugh

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Martin John Pugh
Birth nameMartin John Pugh
GenresRock, blues, blues rock, rock and roll, psychedelic rock, hard rock
Years active1968–1976, 2002-03

Martin John Pugh is a British guitarist who came to prominence after joining blues-rock band Steamhammer in 1968, staying with that band through 5 years and 4 albums. The debut Steamhammer album, also known as Steamhammer, was released in 1969 and yielded a minor hit record in Europe, "Junior's Wailing". Pugh also played on the first Rod Stewart solo album, An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down (aka The Rod Stewart Album).[1]

Following the dissolution of Steamhammer in 1973, Pugh and Steamhammer bassist Louis Cennamo joined up with former the Yardbirds vocalist Keith Relf[2] (who had played with Cennamo in Renaissance and had helped produce the final Steamhammer LP[3]) and drummer Bobby Caldwell to form Armageddon in 1975. According to liner notes of a CD re-release of their only album on the Repertoire Records label in 1999, drug problems[4] interfered with the band's work ethic - although the record had received favorable reviews and significant radio airplay upon its release.[5] Their demise was finalized after the untimely death of Relf in May 1976.[6]

While he appears to have retired from music after 1975, he did emerge to play guitar (alongside Geoff Thorpe of Vicious Rumors) on studio sessions in Seattle with Hawaii-based rock & roll band, 7th Order on their debut CD, "The Lake of Memory" - released on the Big Island Sounds[7] label in 2007.[8]


  1. ^ The Rod Stewart Album. Retrieved on 2 December 2015.
  2. ^ Keith Relf & Armageddon. Retrieved on 2 December 2015.
  3. ^ The Yardbirds, Renaissance, Medicine Head, Steamhammer, Armageddon. Keith Relf. Retrieved on 2 December 2015.
  4. ^ An Interview with Louis Cennamo. Big Bang Magazine. April–July, 1994.
  5. ^ The Lost In Rock And Heavy Metal: Armageddon. Metal Storm. Retrieved on 2 December 2015.
  6. ^ Keith Relf – Electrocuted While Playing Guitar. Retrieved on 2 December 2015.
  7. ^ Big Island Sounds & Entertainment Home Page. Retrieved on 2 December 2015.
  8. ^ 7th Order - "The Lake of Memory".

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