Tony Martin and His Echo Four, had been playing the local and national circuits, including a prime show at Coventry Theatre supporting Brian Poole and The Tremeloes. Local impresario Larry Page spotted them, Rod Simpson and Malcolm Watts left and John Miles came onboard and they became the Pickwicks. A former printer, Tony began his musical career in a skiffle band. Tony Martin and the Echo 4 became the Pickwicks, when they quit he joined the band The Clouds.
In 1988 whilst visiting a relation in Myton Hospice, John Miles saw a face he barely recognised, it was Tony Martin. “We sat and talked about the old days, it was so good to see him again. I went back a few days later with Alan Gee our Rhythm guitarist, we took our guitars along and sang “Apple Blossom Time” with Tony one last time, it was magical but so very sad. A month later Tony was gone, but he will never be forgotten”.