The Golden Voice DEREK MARTIN was born in 1938 in Detroit, Michigan. From his earlier days on, he embraces the musical world and starts to sing in shows. Like many artists in the United States, he starts his career with gospel music, a genre that brought us the biggest stars in black music. Noticed at a very young age by DUKE ELLINGTON, he gets hired at age 17 as a singer in the Duke’s big band. This adds to his success and leads him to start a solo career. DEREK MARTIN soon takes off on a world tour along with DIONNE WARWICK and BABY CORTES in a band he started called the TOP NOTES. He subsequently cuts records under his own name, with production by TEDDY RANDAZZO. His tunes « You better go » and « You blew it baby » bring success.