Manny Martinez, Misfits’ original drummer, passes away

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The New York musician leaves an indelible legacy in the history of punk.

In sad news for punk lovers, the legendary drummer Manny Martinezkey figure in the original formation of Misfits, has died at the age of 69. The news was confirmed by his close friend Zach Rectorwho shared his regret through social networks last Saturday.

Rector reminded Martinez as a “true living myth, a student of Buddy Rich“, highlighting the anecdotes shared by the musician about the first days of Misfits in the city of Lodi. In addition to his skill on the drums, Manny He was also recognized as a skilled carpenter and multifaceted artist. “More than just a musician, artist and carpenter… he was my friend. Rest in peace, Manny,” he said. Rector.

Martinezwho participated in the first single of Misfits, “Cough/Cool”, from 1977, and some concerts with the band before his departure at the end of that same year, is remembered as the catalyst for the group’s original formation. His contribution lives on in the history of Misfitsbeing recognized for having presented Glenn Danzig to Jerry Only in early 1977, a meeting that would give rise to one of the most iconic punk bands.

Although his time in Misfits was brief, the departure of Manny Martinez leaves a significant void in the music scene. His recordings with the band, included in the box set released in 1996, are testament to his enduring talent. The influence of Martinez in punk will resonate forever, remembering him as an exceptional musician and valued friend.


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