Welcome to the official Bill Martin website
Bill Martin is one of the UK’s most acclaimed songwriters.
He has been awarded 5 Ivor Novellos, including one as Songwriter Of The Year.
In June 2014 Bill received the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honour List for Services to Music and Charity in Scotland.
Songwriter To The Stars
Bill Martin’s autobiography has just been published.
In this new book, Bill recalls his upbringing in Govan, Glasgow and going to school with a young Alex Ferguson, playing football for Johannesburg Rangers in South Africa before finding Tin Pan Alley and writing Number One hits for Sandie Shaw, Cliff Richard, Elvis Presley, The Bay City Rollers and many more.
“His is a story of joy – a life set to music.” Michael Parkinson
Bill’s career was recently the subject of a two page feature in the Scottish Mail on Sunday. Read Bill’s views on the current music scene here
Pictured left: Bill at the launch of Cliff Richard’s new sparking wine Congratulations.
Bill Martin was the first British Songwriter to write a Eurovision Song Contest winner for the UK with “Puppet On A String”.
Only Scottish Songwriter to write four UK Number 1’s for four different acts.
First British Songwriter to write a UK Number 1 football song “Back Home” by The England World Cup Squad in 1970.
First British songwriter to win the Eurovision Song Contest with his song “Puppet on a String” and as a Music Publisher with “All Kinds of Everything”.
One of the few British Songwriters to have Number 1’s in every country in the world – Europe, Russia, India, Japan, Australia, USA and Canada.
One of a handful of British songwriters to receive the Prestigious “Silver Heart” from The Variety Club of Great Britain for his services to Charity.
The first British Songwriter to have his own radio programme for two years interviewing stars from Dennis Law to Henry Mancini to Sir Matt Busby.
Only Scottish Songwriter to be an original member of the SODS – Society Of Distinguished Songwriters – and the only Scotsman to be elected King Sod three times.
Only Scottish Songwriter to give his time back to the Music Industry by serving as a Director for 12 years on the PRS Board and also serve on the Board of the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters
In May 2011 Sir Jackie Stewart presented Bill with the Great Scot Lifetime Achievement Award at the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Great Scot Awards. Above he is pictured at the award ceremony at Boisdale Restaurant at Canary Wharf with Annie Lennox who received a Great Scot Award for Charity.
On the 7th February 2011 Bill was honoured to be inducted into his old school Govan High’s Inaugural Hall of Fame. In the photo above he is joined by Headmaster Iain White and Sir Alex Ferguson CBE. Sir Alex and Bill were inducted with four other old boys.
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