Martin Briley, from
the United Kingdom, was interested in music at a very
young age. He started his first band, Mandrake, at 17.
Mandrake landed a record deal with EMI, and after
recording at Abbey Road Studios, they released two
singles, none of which made any great impact.
Briley was also known as a competent session musician.
After moving to New York City, he could be found playing
for bands like Meat Loaf, Julian Lennon, Bonnie Tyler,
Mick Jones, Donna Summer, Olivia Newton-John, and
Martin Briley's first
studio album was called Fear of the Unknown
(1981). It was his second release, One Night with a Stranger
(1983), that defined him as a one hit wonder. Many
of you will remember his top 40 hit "Salt in My Tears"
from this release. There was also another minor
hit from this album called "Put Your Hands on the
Screen". His final studio album in the 80's was
Dangerous Moments (1985),
which did not chart.
In addition to his solo work and session
work, Martin Briley was also known for his songwriting
ability. The list of artists who he has composed
songs for is very long, and includes heavy hitters such
as Barry Manilow, Michael Monroe, Patrick Swayze, David
Hasselhoff, Michael Bolton, Celine Dion, Kenny Loggins,
Night Ranger, Pat Benetar, Jeff Healey, and many more.1981: Fear of the Unknown
1983: One Night with a Stranger
1985: Dangerous Moments
2005: The Mercury Years
2006: It Comes in Waves