Moon Martin

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John David "Moon" Martin (October 31, 1945 – May 11, 2020)[1] was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He was given the nickname "Moon" because many of his songs had the word moon in the lyrics.[2]


Born in Altus, Oklahoma, United States, Martin gained recognition in the 1970s as a pop artist and composer. Originally a rockabilly artist, he wrote the songs "Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)", made famous by the English singer Robert Palmer, and "Cadillac Walk", made famous by the American singer Willy DeVille.[2]

Martin scored five minor hits of his own with "Rolene" (No. 30 US, No. 77 Australia[3]), "No Chance" (No. 50 US), both in 1979,[4] "Signal For Help" (No. 60 Australia) in 1981, "X-ray Vision", (No. 99) and "Aces For You" (No. 95) both in Australia in 1982. His 1982 song, "X-Ray Vision" was an MTV hit music video.[3]

Martin died on May 11, 2020 of natural causes in Encino, California at the age of 74.[1][5][6]


Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

  • Bad News Live (1993, Fnac France)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • The Very Best Of (1999, EMI Sweden, 1978-1982)
  • Shots from a Cold Nightmare + Escape from Domination (1995, EMI Special Markets, Demon Records)


  1. ^ a b "John "Moon" Martin 1945 - 2020". Los Angeles Times. May 24, 2020. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Prato, Greg "Moon Martin Biography", AllMusic. Retrieved November 23, 2013
  3. ^ a b c Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 193. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  4. ^ "Billboard Albums/Singles", AllMusic Retrieved November 23, 2013
  5. ^ "Moon Martin Dies: Musician Wrote 'Bad Case of Loving You'". Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  6. ^ "Bad News, le chanteur Moon Martin est mort". Retrieved 30 September 2021.
  7. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums - November 3, 1979" (PDF).

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