Martin Turner

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Martin Turner
Basic information
Birth name: Martin Robert Turner
Birth date: October 1, 1947
Origin: Torquay, England, UK
Occupation(s): musician (bass / vocals), songwriter
Associated acts: Wishbone Ash
Official website:

Martin Turner added bass parts on the officially released live recording of Don't Stand So Close To Me.


Besides being Kim Turner's brother Martin Turner is best known as bass player and singer in the classic "Wishbone Ash" lineup. In July 1969 they played their last concert as "Tanglewood" at the Hampstead Country Club - where Miles Copeland saw them and persuaded the two remaining members to become their manager and help them build a new group. They would put an ad in "Melody Maker" to get a new guitarist, but got two instead. The new band "Wishbone Ash" would rehearse at the Copeland's residence at St. John's Wood close to Stewart's room where he himself rehearsed on his drum kit. Stewart often jammed with them and later worked as a roadie for them.

Martin was there when Ian Copeland returned from the Vietnam war. He was in touch with every The Police member, even playing on Stewart's wedding. He went to some of their early concerts and also some from the reunion tour.

Kim Turner asked Martin to re-record some bass lines for a live version of Don't Stand So Close To Me in 1986, as some of Sting's original bass parts were missing. So he's one of the few - although uncredited - guest musicians on an official The Police record.

He lent some Neve microphone preamps and a 1957 Fender bass for the recording of Ten Summoner's Tales. Sting wanted to buy that bass, but Martin didn't let go. Later Sting bought several early P basses anyway.

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source: Martin Turner, wikipedia