Going for broke with her first album, singer Martika hit number one with her song Toy Soldiers.
An actor and singer, Marta Marrero aka Martika had made her mark in the role of Annie before becoming of the cast of Disney Channel’s Kids Incorporated as the character of Gloria from 1984-1986.
Signed to Columbia Records, at age 19 Martika decided to record her first album in 1988 and although had little experience, wrote the song Toy Soldiers about a close friend who was battling drug addiction.
Working with producer Michael Jay, Toy Soldiers was the second single from the self-titled album, released in January 1989, after the single More Than You Know. Fellow actors from Kids Incorporated added their voices as back-up singers to the song’s recording.
Six months after release the song hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in July 1989, staying at the top spot for two weeks. Meanwhile, the album was re-recorded in Spanish and released to the Latin market too.
The single was certified gold and hit the top 10 in the UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. But the song proved to be her only number one hit, with More Than You Know and I Feel the Earth Move, the other singles from the album getting into the Top 40 of the Billboard charts.