Martin auditioned for membership in Puerto Rican boy band Menudo. Although the executives enjoyed his dancing and singing at his first two auditions, Martin was rejected because he was too short. By the third audition, his persistence impressed executives and in 1984, thirteen-year-old Martin became a member.
Although Martin enjoyed traveling and performing onstage with Menudo, he found the band’s busy schedule and strict managing to be exhausting and later reflected that the experience “cost” him his childhood. He considered leaving the group while on tour in Brazil, but ultimately decided to stay out of fear of media backlash and being sued for breach of contract.
After recording eleven albums with the group, Martin left Menudo in July 1989 at age seventeen. The rest, as they say, is history.
Launch the gallery to see if you can spot Ricky in each of the photos and watch one of their performances below.