the-vagabonds-bonn-1967.jpgheatwave-sister-simon-rastus-ravel-1970.jpgMartin joined Crew as drummer and songwriter of; 'Different Cities' / 'Lady Of The Night' / 'Open Another Door' in 1971.


Previously (1967–69), he played in Germany, with The Vagabonds and Jigsaw Puzzle and, in 1969 in London, after a short stint with Jackie Edwards, he joined the short-lived Pure Gold and then Heatwave.



From left to right - back: Terry Shea (vocals/rhythm guitar), Richard Steen (vocals/lead guitar) - front: Martin H. Samuel (drums), John Fellows (vocals/bass), Peter Allat (lead vocals/percussion).


A regular on the BBC, they recorded 'Sister Simon (Funny Man)' b/w 'Rastus Ravel (Is A Mean Old Man)'.  Written by John Edward and released by Larry Page on Penny Farthing Records (13th November 1970), the B-side featured Rick Wakeman on piano and back-up vocals by Doris Troy.


Martin joined Simon Raverne and Cigarette and Burning Boots on Jersey, C.I. – who also played in Dubai, U.A.E.


Cigarette and Burning Boots at The Deep, St. Helier ... Left to right: Richard Melhuish, formerly of The Kult, (guitar/vocals) - Martin H. Samuel (drums) - Taffy Edwards (lead vocals/bass).


Relocating to the U.S.A., and while a recording studio session drummer in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Honolulu, Martin designed the Chord Board.


As a surfer, he moved to Hawaii and joined Bright Eye Band, who played the 9th Sunshine Festival in Diamond Head Crater opening for Journey.


He went on to form the Kailua six-piece, Sweet Fire and later played in a Waikiki band with Sly And The Family Stone saxman, Jerry Martini.


Co-wrote, 'Turn To Me', with Lisa Nemzo ~ recorded and released on her Polydor album, Rendez Vous, by Audrey Landers.  Co-wrote, 'Every Teardrop'.


Martin does long-distance, blue-water sailboat deliveries, for which he won Sabre Yachts 1987 Outstanding Performance Award.

He is also an award-winning [traditional, table-top, board, card & dice] game designer at Games Above Board.


Martin co-wrote the songs:

'Boogie On The Bayou', with Lisa Nemzo – covered by Bad Ass Boots in 2014, it has its own line dance, 'Bayou Bay Boogie', choreographed by Max Perry

'Roller Coaster' and 'Good Love', with John Franta – played by Sunny 'n' the Cut with Martin on drums.

'Be My Rock', with Renard Cohen – sung by Ms. Nancy Reed, won the December 2015 Best Singer-Songwriter / Ballad in Los Angeles.

'The Man In The Moon' with Renard Cohen – sung by Rick Livingstone [formerly with The Best], won the December 2017 Best Song Pop Rock Akademia Music Award in Los Angeles.

'Lazy Days' with Anders Jensen – also sung by Rick Livingstone, won the February 2018 Best Pop Rock Song Akademia Music Award in Los Angeles.

'Count Me In' also with Anders Jensen – again sung by Rick Livingstone, won the May 2019 Best Pop Rock Song Akademia Music Award in Los Angeles.