Layng Martine Jr.

Induction Year: 2013

Birth Name: Layng Martine Jr.

Birth Date: 03-24-1942

Place of Birth: New York, New York

Layng Martine Jr. has been a steady presence on the country and pop charts for more than four decades. After growing up in Connecticut, he began his songwriting career in New York City, while still a college student at Columbia University. He landed his first charted record with r&b artist Walter Jackson in 1966. Other early pop recordings were with such artists as Bo Diddley, Glenn Yarbrough, The New Christy Minstrels and Brian Hyland. While in New York, Martine also recorded for several labels as an artist. Even so, music didn't make his living; advertising did.

After four years working on Madison Avenue, he quit to buy and run two small restaurants. But Martine continued to write songs. In 1970, he flew to Nashville and made contact with singer-songwriter-producer Ray Stevens. He was signed as a writer and artist by Stevens, who produced a 1971 pop single of Martine singing "Rub It In," which Martine wrote.

When the songwriter's restaurants failed, he was faced with a decision of whether to go back into advertising or pursue his dream. With the encouragement of wife Linda, he chose the latter. In 1972, he relocated to Nashville with Linda and their two children. He worked as a bartender and a teamster and continued to write for Ray Stevens. Martine also continued to record solo singles.

His first big hit song in Nashville was a 1974 remake of "Rub It In," sung by Billy "Crash" Craddock. It later became the long-running television ad jingle "Plug It In." Martine wrote Reba McEntire's first charted hit ("I Don't Want to Be a One Night Stand"), as well as Elvis Presley's final one while he was alive ("Way Down"). The song was at No.1 on the day that Presley died. One of his most successful songs was McEntire's version of "The Greatest Man I Never Knew."

Martine has written hits for Pam Tillis, Trisha Yearwood, The Pointer Sisters, Cristy Lane and Barry Manilow, as well as McEntire. His Nashville songs have also been recorded by such artists as Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Crystal Gayle, Kathy Mattea, John Anderson, Don Williams and Tanya Tucker, among others. The songwriter has had notable success on the European charts. His songs have been No. 1 hits in England and France. Danish artists have also recorded his tunes.


Ronnie Sessions1977 #30 country

"Believe In The Beat"

Carol Lynn Townes1985 #25 dance, #56 U.K.

"Don't Boogie Woogie"

Ray Stevens1974 
Jerry Lee Lewis1976 #58 country
Eddy Mitchall1976 #1 France
Southern Hospitality2013 

"Every Night"

Pake McEntire1986 #20 country

"Hubba Hubba"

Billy Crash Craddock1978 #14 country

"I Don't Think Love Ought To Be That Way"

(written with Richard Mainegra)

Reba McEntire1981 #13 country

"I Wanna Do It With You"

Barry Manilow1982 #8 U.K.
The Pointer Sisters1982 

"I Wanna Go Too Far"

(written with Kent Robbins)

Trisha Yearwood1996 #9 country

"I Want To Be In Love"

Jacky Ward1978 #24 country

"I Was Blown Away"

Pam Tillis1995 #16 country

"I'm Gonna Love You Anyway"

Tanya Tucker1976 
Cristy Lane1978 #10 country

"Just A Little Thing"

Billy Crash Craddock1977 #28 country

"Maybe She's Human"

(written with Kent Robbins)

Kathy Mattea1994 #34 country

"Rub It In"

Layng Martine1971 #65 pop
Dave Clark & Friends1972 
Billy Crash Craddock1974 #1 country, #15 a/c, #16 pop
Mel Street1974 
Jack Jersey1974 
Tamra Rosanes1992 
Matt King1999 #54 country
Mike Walker2001 
Jeff Bates2006 
Ray Stevens2008 
The Drifters2013 

"Should I Do It"

Tanya Tucker1981 #50 country
The Pointer Sisters1982 #13 pop, #19 a/c, #50 U.K.

"The Greatest Man I Never Knew"

(written with Richard Leigh)

Reba McEntire1992 #3 country
Billy Dean2009 

"Way Down"

Elvis Presley1977 #1 country, #1 U.K., #1 France, #14 a/c, #18 pop
Catharine Wheel1995 
Status Quo2000 

"Wiggle Wiggle"

Ronnie Sessions1976 #16 country

"Workin' My Way To Your Heart"

Dickey Lee1980 #30 country

Layng Martine Jr.

Induction Year: 2013