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Freddy Martin

Biography

Swing-era bandleader Freddy Martin was created in Cleveland, Ohio, on Dec 6, 1909; a onetime drummer and C-melody saxophonist, his main device was the tenor sax, and he created his first music group while attending senior high school. Based on the Big Rings Data source, after graduation Martin approved a job having a musical instrument organization, so when the Man Lombardo Orchestra performed Cleveland, he attemptedto sell the group some saxophones; Lombardo dropped the present but he do hear Martin’s music group, and was therefore impressed he later on suggested the fledgling orchestra for any day Lombardo himself cannot make. From 1931 onward the Freddy Martin Orchestra toured frequently, appearing at locations like New York’s Roosevelt Barbeque grill, and also regularly guested on radio; through the entire most the 10 years Elmer Feldkamp was the presented vocalist, with famous brands Helen Ward, Stuart Wade, Friend Clark, and Eddie Rock singing using the group aswell. The group’s personal track was its set up of the 1st motion of Tchaikovsky’s B-flat Piano Concerto; its achievement prompted Martin to look at other traditional themes aswell, and by adding Bobby Worth’s lyrics they afterwards re-recorded the Tchaikovsky piece as “Tonight We Appreciate,” scoring a significant hit. The reputation from the Martin Orchestra eventually led these to Hollywood, and through the early ’40s they made an appearance in some movies including 1943’s Stage Door Canteen and What’s Buzzin’, Cousin? Passing through their rates was some noted pianists, included in this Jack port Fina, Terry Shand, and Barclay Allen; various other significant alumni included Merv Griffin, who sang using the group through the 1950s. Martin continuing executing on radio and tv well in to the 1960s, and also offered as Elvis Presley’s initial music movie director in NEVADA; during the pursuing decade he appreciated an extended residency at Los Angeles’ Ambassador Resort, and led his orchestra until before his loss of life on Sept 30, 1983.

Quick Facts


Date Of Birth December 9, 1906
Died September 30, 1983, Newport Beach, California, United States
Profession Actor, Musician, Bandleader
Nationality American
Spouse E. Lillian Reardon
Music Songs Tonight We Love, Bumble Boogie, Piano Concerto in B Flat, Managua, Nicaragua, To Each His Own, The Hut-Sut Song, Warsaw Concerto, Sabre Dance Boogie, I Saw Stars, The Lady From 29 Palms, Rose O'Day, Bubbles in the Wine, Music! Music! Music!, Blue Champagne, I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts, Scatterbrain, A Lover's Concerto, Lily Belle, In the Middle of May, I Met Her On Monday, Get Rhythm In Your Feet, It's Been So Long, Bye Lo Bye Lullaby, Goody, Goody!, One-Zy,Two-Zy, Cornish Rhapsody Theme, Piano Concerto in B Flat Minor, C U M A N A, Symphonie Moderne, Come to the Mardi Gras, Down Yonder, Life Is a Song
Albums Mr. Silvertone, Freddy Martin & His Orchestra, Salute To The Smooth Bands, C'mon Let's Dance!, The Hits Of Freddy Martin, Slane, Classics & Boogie, 54 Great Waltzes, Leftover Dreams, Beyond Repair, This Is Freddy Martin, The Way You Look Tonight, Cleveland Tenor Saxophonist (All the Best Recordings), Dancing Party, Jingle Jangle Jingle, Great Waltzes Of The World, Ballin' the Jack, Seems Like Old Times, Doin' What Comes Natur'lly, Greatest Jazz Hits, I Love Big Bands, Greatest Classics: Andre Kostelanetz, Xavier Cugat, Freddy Martin, Classics by Freddy Martin, The Greatest Hits Collection, Concerto, The 20 Best Collection, Bewitched, Blue Champagne, The Very Best Of, Piano Concerto In B Flat - Big Band Favourites, Vintage Vocal Jazz / Swing No. 107 - EP: The Song Is You, Greatest Hits
TV Shows Cavalcade of Bands


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#Fact
1 Was musical director for Elvis Presley's first performance in Las Vegas.
2 Encouraged by Guy Lombardo, he formed his first professional orchestra in Brooklyn, New York, in 1931. The band played at some of New York's top venues, including the Marine Roof of the Bossert Hotel and the Roosevelt Grill of the Manhattan Hotel.
3 Martin started on drums, later switching to saxophone. He formed his first band while still at high school. However, he began his musical career inauspiciously, by demonstrating saxophones in a Cleveland music shop.
4 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6532 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
5 Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 552-554. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
6 Born in Ohio and raised largely in an orphanage and with various relatives, saxophonist and band leader Freddy Martin first gained national attention in 1940 and continued on through the 1970s leading one of the most popular "sweet" (non-swing) bands of the Big Band Era. Best known for his hit songs adapted from classical themes, his many hits on RCA Victor and Capitol records included "Cumana," "The Hut-Sut Song," "Bumble Boogie," adapted from Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee," and his theme song, "Tonight We Love," adapted from the first movement of Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Forbidden Zone 1980 courtesy: "Pico and Sepulveda" / performer: "Pico and Sepulveda" - as Felix Figueroa and his Orchestra
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color TV Series arranger - 1 episode, 1958 performer - 1 episode, 1958
Anchors Aweigh 1945 music: "Tonight We Love" 1941 - uncredited
What's Buzzin', Cousin? 1943 arranger: "Second Hungarian Rhapsody" - as Freddie Martin / performer: "Mister President", "By Orders of the Interceptor Command", "Three Little Mosquitos Hitler, Tojo and Benito", "Where Am I Without You?", "Second Hungarian Rhapsody", "A Boogie Lullaby", "Knocked-Out Nocturne", "Nevada", "Eighteen Seventy-five" $18.75 War Bond Cost - as Freddie Martin
Childhood Days 1943 Short music: "Tonight We Love"
The Mayor of 44th Street 1942 performer: "There's a Breeze on Lake Louise"
Saboteur 1942 music: "Tonight We Love" - uncredited

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Here's Lucy 1971 TV Series Freddy Martin
General Electric Theater 1960 TV Series
Senior Prom 1958 Freddy Martin (as Freddie Martin and His Orchestra)
Melody Time 1948 Freddy Martin - Pianist
What's Buzzin', Cousin? 1943 Orchestra Leader
Stage Door Canteen 1943 Conductor of the Freddy Martin Orchestra
Hit Parade of 1943 1943 Conductor of the Freddy Martin Orchestra
Seven Days' Leave 1942 Freddy Martin
The Mayor of 44th Street 1942 Freddy Martin

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color TV Series conductor - 1 episode, 1958 musician - 1 episode, 1958

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Johnny Carson Presents the Sun City Scandals '70 1970 TV Movie Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1970 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Jackie Gleason Show 1966 TV Series Himself
Startime 1960 TV Series Himself
The Freddy Martin Show 1951 TV Series Himself
Cavalcade of Bands 1951 TV Series Himself - Band Leader / Himself
Musical Merry-Go-Round #1 1948 Short Himself
Freddie Martin and His Orchestra 1941 Short Himself - Band Leader (as Freddie Martin)
Freddie Martin & His Orchestra 1935 Short Himself (as Freddie Martin)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Music Land 1955 Orchestra Leader

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#Trademark
1 Theme song: "Tonight We Love" (Adapted by Martin and Ray Austin from Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto)
2 Piano lead, usually courtesy of pianists Jack Fina or Barclay Allen


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