Martin has achieved worldwide success, starting with his selection to substitute Ricky Melendez in Menudo in 1983 until 1990. His meteoric ascent to fame started in his hometown, Caguas, site of his first concert. He signed Sony in 1990.
It continued after he left Menudo, when he moved to Mexico and participated in soap operas like Alcanzar Una Estrella II and in the music group Munecos De Papel. Later, in Hollywood he participated in General Hospital.
Ricky established himself in Miami and connected with music creator Desmond Child and Puerto Rican agent Angelo Medina. With these 2 in tow, Ricky created hits like "Maria", "The Cup Of Life", and "Livin' La Vida Loca". He sang "The Cup Of Life" during a World Cup transmission that gave him worldwide exposure, but it was "Livin' La Vida Loca" that propelled him to the minds of all teenaged girls around the world and into the covers of Tiger Beat and all other major teen magazines world wide.
In 2003, Martin announced he and his agent Angelo Medina have parted ways.