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Dundee’s “Godfather” Of Soul Dougie Martin

Sadly on the Thursday 12th of July 2012 Dundee’s very own “Godfather” of soul Dougie Martin passed away surrounded by his loving family and friends, to whom we offer our condolences.

My experience of Dougie was going to watch early gigs of Mafia’s when I was younger along with buying their excellent cover of the Fontella Bass classic “Rescue Me” on Groucho’s Records which I used to played at my own DJ gigs.

In the early 1990’s our paths crossed occasionally professionally when I was the resident DJ of Dexter’s in Castle Street and the band played there, along with Dougie occasionally jamming with some bands who played there at other times.

I always heard musicians and members of the public talk in awe of Dougie and during this period I realised why which in many ways is explained in the interview below.

He was massively respected by all who met him and respected by many other musicians who looked up to him. In the words of Alan Gorrie “He was the greatest singer never to sing with the Average White Band”

He will be sadly missed by musicians and the public alike in Dundee and elsewhere. There will be some jam sessions going on in heaven now so I’ll let the music and interview below speak for themselves along with the talent of this great man.

Thanks to all the contributers of these videos on You Tube. Also below you will find some links to features that were on the Retro Dundee website. 

Dougie may be gone but he will never be forgotten.

Peter McD

(first published on the original Dundee Community Podcast website back in 2012)

Retro Dundee Links

(photo courtesy of Retro Dundee)

A feature called “The Twist and the Hi-Four” on Retro Dundee in the days of Johnny Hudson & The Hi-Four with Dougie Martin on the right playing guitar


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(Photo courtesy of Retro Dundee via Mac and DC)

A feature about Mafia on the road

(Photo courtesy of Retro Dundee via Mac and DC)

A second feature about Mafia on the road

(Photo courtesy of Retro Dundee)

A feature on The Poor Souls and the demo single of “My Baby’s Not There”

(Photo courtesy of Retro Dundee)

A feature on the 1980 release on Groucho Records by Mafia of “Rescue Me” 

(Photo courtesy of Retro Dundee)

A feature on this photograph published in the 1960’s magazine Pop Weekly

(Photo courtesy of Retro Dundee via Mac & PH)

A feature and a live recording of The Poor Souls on a 60’s TV show called Stramash