Legendary 50’s teen heart-throb and musical icon, Marty Wilde MBE, releases album of fresh material, with musical and vocal input from children Kim, Roxanne and Ricky

The album he's always wanted to make - out today


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Legendary pop icon, Marty Wilde* MBE, is renowned as one of the pioneers of UK rock ‘n’ roll – the original British teen heart-throb of the ‘50s. With a string of Top 5 chart hits by the time he’d reached 20-years, Marty boasts a monumental global music career that’s spanned over seven-decades.

Now, Marty unveils an album of fresh songs, woven with selected tracks from his past, all of which showcase his prolific songwriting ability. ‘Running Together’, released on 2 October, is a representation of Marty’s journey through the last x8 decades of music. The 15-track collection of mainly new recordings, features Marty’s two daughters, Roxanne Rizzo-Wilde and Brit award winning, Kim Wilde; with additional input from son, Ricky Wilde, who co-wrote x3 of the tracks; and of course The Wildcats.

Marty had planned to tour throughout 2020, prior to lockdown. The ‘Running Together’ tour is now planned for 2021.

‘Running Together’ is a vibrant contemporary collection of mainly new songs, showcasing the outstanding song-writing aptitude of this musical icon. Diverse, eclectic and engaging, the album traverses music from the 50s, right through to the present moment, showcasing ‘Running Together’ as a full-bodied family affair, with Marty and Roxanne bringing the tracks to life. A sound that’s bang up-to-date, but which tips its hat to the indulgent pop sounds of the past 70 years. The first single lifted from the album is the bubbly lockdown-rock-down title track, ‘Running Together’, with a socially-distanced video filmed during lockdown, starring Marty, Kim, Roxanne and the Wildcats. Marty then traverses audiences through a kaleidoscope of pop history as he transports us back to the 50’s rockabilly feel, with the bold confident ‘Rockabilly Dreams’.

Onto the 60s, as Marty and Kim duet on their first ever official duet to be released as a single, ‘60’s World’, plus a tip of the hat to Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent in classic Eagle-esque, ‘Eddie’. The 70s are celebrated with Marty’s very own new recording of ‘Love Me Love My Dog’, the hit song he penned with Peter Shelley (Peter enjoyed the vocals on the No3 UK chart hit in 1975). Marty reminisces the 80s as he sings Kim’s chart hit of 1981, ‘Cambodia’. Demonstrating his incredible diversity, Marty throws in a few curve-balls as ‘So Light’ plunges us into sun-drenched summer days with its reggae infused vibes, ‘So Wide Awake (The Wedding Song’), is a gentle melodic ballad that’s set to become a staple at weddings, whilst ‘Hannibal’ defies you not to smile from your inner core, with its cheeky trombone and ukulele instrumentals, and as a tribute to the great George Formby years.

“This is the album I’ve always wanted to write,” explains Marty, “There’s a fresh batch of new studio recordings that I’m really proud off, which I’ve mingled with some poignant songs of mine from across my career. These depict my journey over the decades, it’s a musical slice of mine and my family’s history. I recorded this album with my youngest daughter Roxanne, as I wanted her to perform the songs that needed that special woman's touch and were written especially for her.”

Marty's song-writing career began with his first self-penned chart hit 'Bad Boy' which was a Top 5 hit in 1959, since then Marty has penned chart hits for daughter Kim, (all her early original hits were written by Marty and Ricky). Marty was also involved with writing hits for Status Quo 'Ice In The Sun', ‘Jesamine' by the Casuals, Lulu 'I'm A Tiger', Hot Chocolate 'You'll Never Be So Wrong' and additional recordings by such artistes as Tom Jones, Sandy Shaw, Adam Faith, Snow Patrol and many more.

Hits such as the No.2 ‘Teenager In Love’, No.3 ‘Sea of Love’, ‘Donna’ and No.4 ‘Endless Sleep’, catapulted Marty Wilde into the UK charts as the teenage heart-throb that took the nation by storm. Since then, Marty Wilde has been a proactive force within our chart industry as a performer, singer, songwriter, and dad to Brit Award winning, Kim Wilde (who in her own right has over 30 chart hits internationally to date, including ‘Kids In America’ & ‘You Keep Me Hanging On’ which went to No1 in America), plus, Ricky Wilde and Roxanne Rizzo Wilde, both musically successful in their own right.

‘Running Together’ is an epic album of diverse proportions, a true journey through musical history and melodically told through the superior vocal and musical talents of Marty and his children, Kim, Roxanne and Ricky Wilde. Thought you knew Marty Wilde? Well, dive into ‘Running Together’ and discover the incredible lyrical craftsmanship that’s been the stalwart of our nation’s chart history since the 1950s.

Marty Wilde’s new album ‘Running Together’ is released out TODAY on Pushka Records / Right Track Universal



Marty Wilde MBE, originally born Reginald Smith. From mid-1958 to the end of 1959, Marty Wilde was one of the leading British rock and roll singers, along with Tommy Steele and Cliff Richard. Wilde's backing group was called the Wildcats. Marty is father to pop stars, Kim Wilde, Ricky Wilde and Roxanne Rizzo Wilde, and Marty Jr. Like many of his contemporaries, Wilde continued to perform in nostalgia tours in the UK and beyond. In 2007, he celebrated 50 years in the business with another UK tour which featured his youngest daughter Roxanne Wilde, and the issue of a compilation album, Born To Rock And Roll – The Greatest Hits. It included a duet with Kim Wilde of Elton John's "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word", which was released as a promotional only single.

The tour culminated in a concert recorded at the London Palladium, and reunited the original remaining Shadows, Hank Marvin, Big Jim Sullivan, Bruce Welch, Brian Bennett, and Brian Locking. Also appearing with the Shadows that night, was the original bass player, the late and great Jet Harris. Wilde has also written lyrics for many hits across the years, details can be found here:

Over the past few years, Marty has been strongly connected with Dreamboats and Petticoats.


1980 – the start of a new decade and the birth of a UK pop icon, as RAK record boss, Mickie Most, heard a 20-year-old, Kim Wilde, singing on a backing track to a song recorded by her brother Ricky Wilde. Struck by Kim’s vocals and looks, Most was keen to work with Kim. Eager to seize the opportunity, Ricky went home and wrote ‘Kids in America’ that same day, with his father Marty. The song made Kim Wilde an overnight sensation as it shot to No2 in the UK charts in January 1981, offering a very British twist on the new wave energy and glamour of Blondie.

Kim would enjoy numerous hits throughout the 1980s, first on RAK Records (with help from father Marty and brother Ricky), and then later on MCA (when she took up song-writing herself and toured with Michael Jackson and David Bowie). Her cover of the Supreme’s hit, ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’ catapulted to the No1 spot in the Billboard Hot 100 in 1986. Worldwide, Kim Wilde has sold over 10 million albums and 20 million singles. She holds the record for being the most-charted British female solo act of the 1980s, with seventeen UK Top 40 hit singles. Starting in 1998, whilst still active in music, Kim branched into an additional career as a landscape gardener, which saw her presenting gardening shows on the BBC and Channel 4. In 2005, she won a Gold award for her courtyard garden at the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show. But, Kim continues to hold the crown as one of the UK’s most successful female solo music artists, and her relentless touring schedule is testament to the mammoth public demand for her live performances. In 2019, two tracks from her 14th studio album ‘Here Come The Aliens’ album scored ‘Record of the Week’, and her Greatest Hits Album is set for release 2021, running parallel to her Greatest Hits UK tour.

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October 2, 2020 8:04am ET by The PR Stable  

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