At this point in time, Vince Martin is an obscure folksinger known only to obsessive fans of the deeper reaches of the Greenwich Village 60’s folk scene. Chances are, unless you have a shelf full of Fred Neil and Tim Hardin albums, you probably haven’t heard of Martin, much less heard his magical music.
But in his time, Martin was a star, and his 1956 version of “Cindy,” backed by the Tarriers, was one of the defining hits of the early folk boom. Martin began his career as a club singer, draping saloon songs in his fabulous tenor, but eventually he teamed up with Neil to create the powerful duo behind 1964’s “Tear Down The Walls” — a seminal release that marked the young John Sebastian’s debut as a recording artist, blowing confident harp behind them.
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