Marty Wilde had been discovered by rock and roll entrepreneur Larry Parnes who was keen to expand his management of young hopefuls beyond his first signing Tommy Steele. At that time Marty had already changed his name from 'Smith' to 'Patterson' but Parnes, in line with his thinking for all his stars, changed the name entirely creating 'Marty Wilde'.
Marty's big break came with the advent of the UK's first rock and roll TV show, Jack Good's 'Six-5 Special', where his good singing voice made him a great asset. Not only could Wilde 'rock and roll', but he could also sing ballads. This ability led to his version of Jody Reynolds US hit 'Endless Sleep', which was one of many cover versions that Marty Wilde was called upon to make. All of these covers were well done, some like 'Endless Sleep' were arguably superior to the original, but this lack of his own material would prove a big handicap. Marty transferred himself to Jack Good's new ITV show 'Oh Boy!' following the BBC's foolish dismissal of Jack Good. He was the star of that show when Cliff Richard suddenly appeared, riding high from the issue of his first record, 'Move It!'. The two stars allegedly got on well but Larry Parnes decided to pull Marty out of the show rather than risk him being seen as a subsidiary act to Cliff. In retrospect, Parnes would regret this move because it enabled Cliff to quickly assume Marty's former role as the UK's foremost rock and roll star.
Although Marty's covers of US songs continued to chart they were in direct competition with the originals and by the early 1960s Marty was struggling to make even the top 20. Despite the downward slide in his record sales most of his records were well made. However, the competition from the US and from Merseybeat was too great and even his wonderful, self penned, 'Come Running' failed to chart.
Marty Wilde married Vernons girl 'Joyce Baker' and later in the 1960s he created an unsuccessful trio with himself, Joyce, and Justin Hayward- the 'Wilde Three' . Fortunately, Marty had a loyal base of fans- particularly in the North of England which enabled him to ride out the 'group' obsession. He later re-established himself as a premier act at rock and roll nostalgia concerts. He took sufficient time off from this to help his daughter Kim Wilde become a major international star, before she retired to landscape gardening. Marty still tours regularly and retains that excellent singing voice that gave him such a good start in his long show business career.
|Honeycomb/ Wild Cat
|Sing Boy Sing/ Oh Oh I'm Falling In Love Again
|Endless Sleep/ Her Hair Was Yellow
|My Lucky Love/ Misery's Child
|No One Knows/ The Fire Of Love
|Donna/ Love-a Love-a
|A Teenager In Love/ Danny
|Sea Of Love/ Teenage Tears
|Bad Boy/ It's Been Nice
|Johnny Rocco/ My Heart And I
|The Fight/ Johnny At The Crossroads
|I Wanna Be Loved By You/ Angry
|Little Girl/ Your Seventeenth Spring
|Rubber Ball/ Like Makin' Love
|When Does It Get To Be Love/ Your Loving Touch
|Hide And Seek/ Crazy Dream
|Tomorrow's Clown/ The Hellions
|Come Running/ Evr'yone
|Jezebel/ Don't Run Away
|Ever Since You Said Goodbye/ Send Me The Pillow You Dream On
|No Dance With Me/ Little Moss Happiness
|Lonely Avenue/ Brand New Love
|Save Your Love For Me/ Bless My Broken Heart
|When Day Is Done/ I Can't Help The Way I Feel
|Kiss Me/ My What A Woman
|The Mexican Boy/ Your Kind Of Love
|I've Got Used To Loving You/ The Beginning Of The End
|By The Time I Get To Phoenix/ Shutters And Boards
|Abergavenny/ Alice In Blue
|All The Love I Have/ Any Day
|Endless Sleep/ Donna
|Shelley/ Jump On The Train
|"Presenting Marty Wilde" (w. his Wildcats)
|Wild Cat/Honeycomb/Love Bug Crawl/Afraid Of Love
|"More Of Marty" (w. his Wildcats)
|Oh-Oh-I'm Falling In Love Again/Sing, Boy, Sing/Her Hair Was Yellow/Endless Sleep
|"Sea Of Love"
|Teenage Tears/Sea Of Love/Danny/A Teenager In Love
|"Versatile Mr. Wilde"
|"Marty Wilde Favourites"
|Come Running/Ev'ryone/The Hellions/Tomorrow's Clown
|Don't Run Away/Jezebel/Ever Since You Said Goodbye/Send Me The Pillow You Dream On
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