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Saturday, August 04, 2012

RIP Tony Martin.one of Hollywood's finest musical stars.

OK so Tony Martin wasn't a jazzman. He was a singer though and an actor with an engaging presence. He had a way with a ballad that made it easy to understand why such a Hollywood lovely as Cyd Charisse would stay married to him for 60 years!
Favourite Tony Martin record? Tenement Symphony was great but, for me, it was the duet with Fran Warren - Take A Letter Miss Smith. I wonder how many of our readers remember that one? 
You made some wonderful musicals Tony - we love you.
Died July 27 aged 98.
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4 comments :

Liz said...

"Take a letter Miss Smith" was a fave of mine in my younger days, I put it in the same category as "Guess who I saw today?" little stories set to music & beautifully sung, & yes Tony Martin was always easy on the ear
Liz

Liz said...

PS. another one in that genre " PS I Love You" especially Eydie Gormé's version!
Liz

Steve Andrews said...

Somewhere I've got a video of a 1950's Nat Cole TV Show with Tony Martin playing some surprisingly "spiky" jazz clarinet. Not exactly Artie Shaw, but perhaps he had been a bit of a jazzer when he was a sax player in his youth?
My favourite record of his is "If it's You" (composed by Artie Shaw!), a great tune with good lyrics which is rarely heard nowadays, which he sang in the Marx Bros. 1941 movie "The Big Store".

Liz said...

just watched it on Utube Steve, what a lovely romantic lyric, beautifully sung and Oh boy what a heartthrob he must have been in those days!
Liz

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