Contents 1 Life and career 2 Family 3 Hit records 4 Filmography 5 References 6 External links


Life and career[edit] Alvin Morris was born on December 25, 1913, in San Francisco,[1][2] the son of Hattie (née Smith) and Edward Clarence Morris.[3][4] His family was Jewish, and all of his grandparents had emigrated from Eastern Europe.[3] He was raised in Oakland, California.[5] At the age of ten, he received a saxophone as a gift from his grandmother.[6] He went to Oakland High School and St Mary’s College.[7] In his grammar school glee club, he became an instrumentalist and singer. He formed his first band, named "The Red Peppers," when he was at Oakland Technical High School, eventually joining the band of a local orchestra leader, Tom Gerun, as a saxophone player sitting alongside the future bandleader Woody Herman. He attended Saint Mary's College of California during the mid-1930s. After college, he left Gerun's band to go to Hollywood to try his luck in films. It was at that time that he adopted the stage name of Tony Martin. Martin sang and was master of ceremonies on Tune-Up Time, with Andre Kostelanetz, on CBS radio in the early 1940s.[8] His The Tony Martin Show, a 15-minute variety program, aired on NBC from 1954 to 1956 prior to the evening newscast. One of his guests was Dinah Shore, soon cast in her own hour-long NBC variety program.[citation needed] He was a featured vocalist on the George Burns and Gracie Allen radio program. On the show Allen playfully flirted with Tony, often threatening to fire him. She'd say things like, "Oh, Tony, you look so tired, why don't you rest your lips on mine?" In films, he was first cast in a number of bit parts, including a role as a sailor in the movie Follow the Fleet (1936), starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. He eventually signed with 20th Century-Fox and then Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in which he starred in a number of musicals. Between 1938 and 1942, he made a number of hit records for Decca. In 1941 Martin was featured in the Marx Brothers final film for MGM, The Big Store, in which he played a singer and performed "Tenement Symphony," which was written by Hal Borne, who became his long-time musical director. Martin was the last surviving actor to co-star with the Marx Brothers.[9] In 1941 he joined the United States Navy as a non-commissioned officer, but was dismissed from the service in 1942 after an investigation of bribery of a naval recruiter by members of the entertainment industry. Martin was drafted into the Army and assigned to the United States Army Air Forces. He was assigned to Capt. Glenn Miller's band, as he was considered one of the best singers in the armed services. Martin later said he felt as though he had "stumbled into heaven through the side door."[10] He was promoted to technical sergeant in the Air Transport Command and stationed in India, where Brig. Gen. William H. Tunner, commanding the Hump Airlift, put him to work as an entertainer, forming a troupe of amateur talent from the command and taking it around the various bases to perform. He eventually signed with Mercury Records, then a small independent run out of Chicago, Illinois. He cut 25 records in 1946 and 1947 for Mercury, including a 1946 recording of "To Each His Own," which became a million-seller. It was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA.[11] This prompted RCA Victor records to offer him a contract, which he signed in 1947 after satisfying his contract obligations to Mercury.[citation needed] He appeared in film musicals in the 1940s and 1950s. His rendition of "Lover Come Back To Me" with Joan Weldon in Deep in My Heart – based on the music of Sigmund Romberg and starring José Ferrer - was one of the highlights of that film. He also starred as Gaylord Ravenal in the Show Boat segment from the 1946 film Till the Clouds Roll By. In an unlikely pairing, Martin recorded for the Motown Records label in the mid-1960s, scoring a minor hit with the record "Talkin' To Your Picture." He was one of a number of more traditional vocalists signed to the label during the decade. Martin was a stockholder in the Parvin-Dohrmann Corporation, a hotel and casino company that owned the Flamingo Las Vegas.[12] Martin and his wife were both staunch Republicans who campaigned for Richard Nixon.[13] Martin died on the evening of July 27, 2012, of natural causes.[14][15] He was 98 years old. Martin was buried at the Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California.


Family[edit] In 1937, he married actress and singer Alice Faye, with whom he had appeared in several films. They divorced in 1941. Martin remarried, to actress and dancer Cyd Charisse, in 1948. They remained married for sixty years until her death on June 17, 2008. Martin adopted Charisse's son, Nicky, from her first marriage. They had one son together, Tony Martin, Jr. (August 28, 1950 – April 10, 2011), who predeceased his father.[citation needed]


Hit records[edit] Year Single Chart positions US CB US AC UK[16] 1936 "When Did You Leave Heaven?" (with Victor Young) 1938 "The Moon of Manakoora" (with Ray Noble) 15 "I Hadn't Anyone Till You" (with Ray Noble) 4 "You Couldn't Be Cuter" (with Ray Noble) 16 "My Walking Stick" (with Ray Noble) 17 "Now It Can Be Told" (with Ray Noble) 13 1939 "South of the Border" 16 1940 "It's a Blue World" 2 "Fools Rush In" 14 1941 "Tonight We Love" 5 1946 "To Each His Own" 4 "Rumors Are Flying" 9 "I'll Dance at Your Wedding" 23 1948 "Hooray for Love" 21 "Confess" 25 "For Every Man There's a Woman" 30 "It's Magic" 11 1949 "If You Stub Your Toe on the Moon" 17 "Circus" 24 "There's No Tomorrow" 2 "Marta" 15 1950 "I Said My Pajamas (and Put on My Pray'rs)" (with Fran Warren) 3 "Valencia" 18 "La Vie en rose" 9 1951 "A Penny a Kiss" (with Dinah Shore) 8 "In Your Arms" (with Dinah Shore) 20 "Would I Love You" 19 "I Get Ideas" 3 "I Apologize" 20 "The Musicians" (with Dinah Shore, Betty Hutton & Phil Harris) 24 "Vanity" 18 "Over a Bottle of Wine" 17 "Domino" 9 1952 "Kiss of Fire" 6 "Some Day" 24 "Luna Rossa" 27 "Dance of Destiny" 27 24 "Sleepy Time Gal" 28 "Don't Tempt Me" 35 1953 "April in Portugal" 17 "Sorta on the Border" 26 "Caribbean" 19 "Relax" 27 1954 "Stranger in Paradise" 10 1 6 "That's What a Rainy Day Is For" 37 "Here (In This Enchanted Place)" 5 5 "Angels In the Sky" 19 "Boulevard of Nightingales" 37 "Uno" 37 "My Bambino" 36 1955 "All of You" 25 "Do, Do, Do" 35 "Just a Man" 48 1956 "Walk Hand in Hand" 10 16 2 "It's Better in the Dark" 60 1957 "Do I Love You (Because You're Beautiful)" 82 1965 "Talkin' to Your Picture" 133 1967 "Theme from The Sand Pebbles (And We Were Lovers)" 22


Filmography[edit] Foolish Hearts (1936) Follow the Fleet (1936) The Farmer in the Dell (1936) Murder on a Bridle Path (1936) The Witness Chair (1936) (scenes deleted) Poor Little Rich Girl (1936) Back to Nature (1936) Sing, Baby, Sing (1936) Pigskin Parade (1936) Banjo on My Knee (1936) The Holy Terror (1937) Sing and Be Happy (1937) You Can't Have Everything (1937) Life Begins in College (1937) Ali Baba Goes to Town (1937) Sally, Irene and Mary (1938) Kentucky Moonshine (1938) Up the River (1938) Thanks for Everything (1938) Winner Take All (1939) Music in My Heart (1940) Ziegfeld Girl (1941) The Big Store (1941) Till the Clouds Roll By (1946) Casbah (1948) Hollywood Goes to Bat (1950) (short subject) Two Tickets to Broadway (1951) Clash by Night (1952) (Cameo) Here Come the Girls (1953) Easy to Love (1953) Deep in My Heart (1954) Hit the Deck (1955) Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956) (Cameo) Quincannon, Frontier Scout (1956) Let's Be Happy (1957) Dear Mr. Wonderful (1982)


References[edit] ^ "California births". Family Tree Legends. Retrieved October 2009.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help) ^ Pedersen, Erik (July 30, 2012). "Singer-Actor Tony Martin Dies at 98". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 24, 2017.  ^ a b The two of us - Tony Martin, Cyd Charisse, Dick Kleiner - Google Books. Books.google.ca. Retrieved 2012-12-16.  ^ Who's who in California - Alice Catt Armstrong – Google Books. Books.google.ca. Retrieved 2012-12-16.  ^ Bergan, Ronald (July 31, 2012). "Tony Martin obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved February 24, 2017.  ^ Wilkins, Barbara. "With His Pipes and Her Stems, Cyd Charisse & Tony Martin Are the Doyens of Song'n'dance". People.com. Retrieved 2015-08-28.  ^ "Tony Martin". The Telegraph. July 31, 2012. Retrieved February 24, 2017.  ^ "Monday's Highlights" (PDF). Radio and Television Mirror. 14 (2): 43. June 1940. Retrieved 1 March 2015.  ^ "Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Sometimes Zeppo: A History of the Marx Brothers and a Satire on the Rest of the World (A Touchstone book): Joe Adamson: 9780671470722: Amazon.com: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2015-08-28.  ^ Spragg, Dennis M. (2017). Glenn Miller Declassified. U of Nebraska Press. pp. 48–49, 57, 71. ISBN 9781612348957. Retrieved 7 August 2017.  ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 37. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.  ^ Heller, Jean (October 30, 1969). "Funds For Parvin Foundation Came From Flamingo Hotel Sale". The Evening Sun. Hanover, Pennsylvania. p. 29. Retrieved August 29, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. (Registration required (help)). Other stockholders included singer Tony Martin and actor George Raft.  ^ ""1968 Presidential Race"Republicans". The Pop History Dig. 2009-03-11. Retrieved 2015-08-28.  ^ "Entertainment News, Celebrity Interviews and Pop Culture – ABC News". Abcnews.go.com. Retrieved 2012-12-16.  ^ "US singer Tony Martin dies aged 98". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-07-31.  ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 352. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 


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