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Tony Martin

Biography

A favorite crooner from the 1940s and ’50s, Tony Martin’s deliberate delivery and intimate ballads were even more commensurate with vintage film musicals compared to the currents that could form the pop music from the last fifty percent of the 20th hundred years. Taking his motivation from performers like Russ Columbo, he previously already been in a few Hollywood musicals by enough time he produced his first strike record in 1938, “Today IT COULD BE Informed” (using the Ray Noble Orchestra). Drafted in to the Navy during Globe War II, rumours that he’d bribed his method into an officer’s payment produced work tougher to get after his release in the armed forces. A short but fairly effective stint on Mercury in 1946-1947 helped obtain things going once again, and he transferred to RCA and appreciated many pop strikes on the next 10 years. He also got a whole lot of function in radio and tv, and performed with substantial success within the cabaret circuit along with his wife, dancer/celebrity Cyd Charisse.

Quick Facts


Full Name Tony Martin
Died July 27, 2012, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height 1.86 m
Weight 75 kg
Profession Professional Road Racing Cyclist
Education Michigan State University
Nationality American
Spouse Cyd Charisse, Alice Faye
Children Tony Martin Jr., Nicholas Martin
Parents Edward Clarence Morris, Hattie Morris
Music Groups Black Sabbath, Giuntini Project
Music Songs There's No Tomorrow, Tonight We Love, I Said My Pajamas And Put On My Prayers, Kiss Of Fire, Walk Hand In Hand, For Every Man There's A Woman, I Get Ideas, Sorta On The Border, Over a Bottle of Wine, It's Better in the Dark, To Each His Own, Talkin' to Your Picture, The Two Of Us, Marta, Rambling Rose of the Wildwood, Missing You, What's Good About Goodbye?, Angels in the Sky, Would I Love You, Love You, Love You?, April In Portugal, Now Hear This, It's All Over but the Memories, Tenement Symphony, The Way You Look Tonight, It Was Written In The Stars, You Stepped Out of a Dream, To Be Alone, When Did You Leave Heaven?, You Gotta Pull Strings, It's A Blue World, Gegin the Beguine, The Last Time I Saw Paris, Stranger In Paradise
Albums The Eternal Idol, Cross Purposes, Cross Purposes Live, The Cage, Back Where I Belong, The Third Cage, The Cage 2, Scream, Headless Cross, Tyr, The Sabbath Stones
Movies Till the Clouds Roll By, Ziegfeld Girl, The Big Store, Casbah, Hit the Deck, Easy to Love, Music in My Heart, Ali Baba Goes to Town, Banjo on My Knee, Deep in My Heart, Two Tickets to Broadway, Here Come the Girls, Let's Be Happy, Quincannon, Frontier Scout, Kentucky Moonshine, Life Begins in College, Sally, Irene and Mary, Sing and Be Happy, Thanks for Everything, You Can't Have Everything, Sing, Baby, Sing, Up the River, Winner Take All, Bahala vs. Sputnik
TV Shows The Tony Martin Show


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#Fact
1 He lived longer than both of his wives. His first wife, Alice Faye who he was divorced from in 1941, died in 1998, and his second wife, Cyd Charisse, who he remained married to until her death in 2008, while he died in 2012, age 98.
2 In 1954, on "The Colgate Comedy Hour" hosted by Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, he appeared with singer/comedian Joe E. Lewis, who was later portrayed by Frank Sinatra in the film bio, The Joker Is Wild (1957). When the show's announcer first introduced "Martin and Lewis", that evening, Tony and Joe E. came on stage, instead.
3 His parents wanted him to be a lawyer. He briefly attended St. Mary's, a Christian Brothers college, CA. He says he left college in 1931 when "one of the brothers told me I was flunking everything and should stick to music.".
4 For several years, he played and sang with bands in the San Francisco area, including the Tom Gerun Orchestra.
5 In high school, he formed his first band and after graduating spent about two years at St. Mary's College in Moraga, Calif., but left to pursue music.
6 Growing up in Oakland, Calif., he took up the saxophone after his grandmother gave him one when he was 10.
7 His parents, Edward and Hattie Morris, were Jewish immigrants from Poland who divorced when he was young, and he considered his stepfather, tailor Myer Myers, his father.
8 Twice, songs sung on screen by Martin received Academy Award nominations: "For Every Man There's a Woman" from Casbah (1948) and "It's a Blue World" from the 1940 film, Music in My Heart (1940).
9 He appeared in more than 30 films.
10 Tony was at a Friar's Club Roast for Lucille Ball/Desi Arnaz in November, 1958, when Harry Parke, having just completed his comedy routine and returning to his seat, collapsed into Milton Berle's lap. Berle, hoping to divert the audience from Harry's distress, urged Tony to sing something. His unfortunate song choice was "There's No Tomorrow." Parke died of a heart attack.
11 He was awarded 4 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6331 Hollywood Boulevard, for Motion Pictures at 6436 Hollywood Boulevard; for Radio at 1760 Vine Street; and for Television at 1725 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
12 There was a misunderstanding that led to his discharge from the Navy during World War II, and even though he had served honorably, there were false rumors that he had tried to 'buy' an officer's commission. As a result even after the war, some major labels refused to record him. He finished up the war in the Army and was awarded the Bronze Star as a noncombatant in the Far East.
13 His first hit record was "Now it Can Be Told" (1938), a song by Irving Berlin from the film Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938). It was sung on-screen by his then-wife Alice Faye.
14 Son Tony Martin Jr. (born on August 28, 1950) died in April 2011, and was survived by Liv Lindeland-Martin, his wife of almost 30 years, father Tony Martin, Sr. and half-brother Nico Charisse.
15 One son with his second wife, Cyd Charisse: Tony Martin Jr. He adopted Charisse's son Nicholas from her first marriage.
16 Very early in his career, he was a sax player, under his real name of Al Morris, in an orchestra headed by Tom Gerun. Among the other orchestra members were unknowns (at the time) Woody Herman and singer Ginny Simms.
17 Classic pop singer and occasional actor (Hit the Deck (1955), Here Come the Girls (1953), Casbah (1948)) whose career peaked in the 1950s. His biggest hit was "There's No Tomorrow" (RCA Victor, 1950), which was adapted from the traditional Neapolitan ballad "O Solo Mio" (Elvis Presley later had one of the biggest hits of his career by adapting the same song as "It's Now or Never"). Happily married for sixty years to actress/dancer Cyd Charisse.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1940s: Stars, Stripes and Singing 2009 Video documentary performer: "You Stepped out of a Dream" - uncredited
That's Amore!: Italian-American Favorites 2008 TV Movie performer: "There's No Tomorrow" - uncredited
Ziegfeld Girl Intro 2004 Video documentary short performer: "You Stepped Out of A Dream"
The Wedding Planner 2001 performer: "The Closer You Are"
Fallen Angels 1993-1995 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Beverly Hills Cop III 1994 "North Dakota, South Dakota"
That's Entertainment! III 1994 Documentary performer: "You Stepped Out of a Dream" 1940 - uncredited
Me olvidé de vivir 1980 performer: "As Time Goes By"
The Hollywood Palace 1965 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Donna Reed Show 1961 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 31st Annual Academy Awards 1959 TV Special performer: "Gigi"
Party Girl 1958 performer: "Party Girl"
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1958 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Let's Be Happy 1957 performer: "Stan, the Man from Idaho", "Hold on to Love", "Doin' the Golfer's Glide", "I Can't Get into the Mood", "Let's Be Happy" - uncredited
MGM Parade 1955 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 27th Annual Academy Awards 1955 TV Special performer: "Hold My Hand"
Hit the Deck 1955 performer: "Hallelujah" 1927, "Happy Birthday" 1893, "Keepin' Myself for You" 1930, "Why, Oh Why?" 1927, "Ciribiribin" 1898, "More Than You Know" 1929 - uncredited
Deep in My Heart 1954 performer: "Lover, Come Back to Me"
The Jack Benny Program 1954 TV Series performer - 1 episode
General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein 1954 TV Movie performer: "The Big Black Giant", "No Other Love"
Easy to Love 1953 performer: "Easy to Love", "Look Out! I'm Romantic", "Didja Ever", "That's What a Rainy Day Is For", "Coquette" uncredited
Here Come the Girls 1953 performer: "Never So Beautiful", "Heavenly Days"
Clash by Night 1952 performer: "I Hear a Rhapsody"
Two Tickets to Broadway 1951 performer: "The Closer You Are", "Big Chief Hole-in-the-Ground"
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1951 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Texaco Star Theatre 1951 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Casbah 1948 performer: "For Every Man There's a Woman", "Hooray For Love", "What's Good About Goodbye", "It Was Written In The Stars" - uncredited
Till the Clouds Roll By 1946 performer: "Show Boat", "All the Things You Are" uncredited
The Big Store 1941 performer: "Tenement Symphony" 1941, "If It's You" 1941
Ziegfeld Girl 1941 "You Stepped out of a Dream" 1940, uncredited / performer: "You Stepped out of a Dream" 1940, "Caribbean Love Song" 1941 - uncredited
Music in My Heart 1940 "Punchinello" 1939 / performer: "I've Got Music in My Heart" 1939, "No Other Love" 1939, "Punchinello" 1939, "A Bird in a Gilded Cage" 1900 uncredited, "Oh What a Lovely Dream" 1939, "It's a Blue World" 1939
Up the River 1938 performer: "It's The Strangest Thing"
Sally, Irene and Mary 1938 performer: "Sweet as a Song", "I Could Use a Dream", "Half Moon on the Hudson" - uncredited
Ali Baba Goes to Town 1937 performer: "Vote for Honest Abe" 1937 - uncredited
You Can't Have Everything 1937 "Afraid to Dream" 1937, uncredited / performer: "The Loveliness of You" 1937, "North Pole Sketch" 1937 - uncredited
Banjo on My Knee 1936 performer: "Where the Lazy River Goes By" 1936, "There's Something in the Air" 1936
Pigskin Parade 1936 performer: "You're Slightly Terrific"
Sing, Baby, Sing 1936 performer: "When Did You Leave Heaven?"
Poor Little Rich Girl 1936 performer: "When I'm with You" 1936 - uncredited

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Milton Berle, the Second Time Around: The Funny Fifties 1989 Video
Dear Mr. Wonderful 1982 Cameo
Me olvidé de vivir 1980 Tony Martin
Death Valley Days 1962 TV Series Amadeo Giannini
The Donna Reed Show 1961 TV Series Tony Martin
The George Burns Show 1958 TV Series Tony Martin
Let's Be Happy 1957 Stanley Smith
Quincannon, Frontier Scout 1956 Linus Quincannon
Meet Me in Las Vegas 1956 Tony Martin (uncredited)
Shower of Stars 1955 TV Series Ted Warren
Hit the Deck 1955 Chief Boatswain's Mate Wm. F. Clark
Deep in My Heart 1954 Tony Martin
The Jack Benny Program 1954 TV Series Tony
General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein 1954 TV Movie Larry (segment 'Me and Juliet')
Easy to Love 1953 Barry Gordon
Here Come the Girls 1953 Allen Trent
Two Tickets to Broadway 1951 Dan Carter
Casbah 1948 Pepe Le Moko
Till the Clouds Roll By 1946 Gaylord Ravenal (segment "Show Boat") / Tony Martin
The Big Store 1941 Tommy Rogers
Ziegfeld Girl 1941 Frank Merton
Music in My Heart 1940 Robert Gregory
Winner Take All 1939 Steve Bishop
Thanks for Everything 1938 Tommy Davis
Up the River 1938 Tommy Grant
Kentucky Moonshine 1938 Jerry Wade
Sally, Irene and Mary 1938 Tommy Reynolds
Ali Baba Goes to Town 1937 Yusuf / Tony Martin
Life Begins at College 1937 Band Leader
You Can't Have Everything 1937 Bobby Walker
Sing and Be Happy 1937 Buzz Mason
The Holy Terror 1937 Danny Walker (as Anthony Martin)
Banjo on My Knee 1936 Chick Bean (as Anthony Martin)
Pigskin Parade 1936 Tommy Barker (as Anthony Martin)
Sing, Baby, Sing 1936 Tony Renaldo
Back to Nature 1936 Tom Williams
Poor Little Rich Girl 1936 Radio Baritone Soloist (uncredited)
Murder on a Bridle Path 1936 Man with Violet (uncredited)
The Farmer in the Dell 1936 Studio Reception Clerk (uncredited)
Follow the Fleet 1936 Sailor (uncredited)
Foolish Hearts 1935 Short Singer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Outrageous Sophie Tucker 2014 Documentary Himself
That's Amore!: Italian-American Favorites 2008 TV Movie Himself
My Music: 50s Pop Parade 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs: America's Greatest Music in the Movies 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Biography 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
The Annual American Friends Hebrew University Scopus Awards Honoring Ted Turner 1995 TV Special Himself
That's Entertainment III: Behind the Screen 1994 Video documentary Himself
Golden Globes 50th Anniversary Celebration 1994 TV Movie Himself
The 5th Annual Legacy Awards 1993 TV Special Himself
The 35th Annual Thalians Gala 1990 TV Movie Himself
American Masters 1990 TV Series documentary Himself
The 61st Annual Academy Awards 1989 TV Special Himself - Performer
Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood 1987 TV Special documentary Himself
The Annual Friars Club Tribute Present a Salute to Liza Minnelli 1987 TV Movie Himself
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan 1985 TV Special Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Gene Kelly 1985 TV Special documentary Himself (uncredited)
Looks Familiar 1984 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Annual Friars Club Tribute Presents a Salute to Milton Berle 1980 TV Movie Himself
Over Easy 1977 TV Series Himself
Wednesday at 8 1977 TV Series Himself
The Hollywood Squares 1967-1977 TV Series Himself
Donny and Marie 1977 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1967-1976 TV Series Himself - Vocalist / Himself - Actor / Himself
Dinah! 1975 TV Series Himself
ABC Late Night 1974 TV Series Himself
The Name of the Game 1970 TV Series Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1962-1970 TV Series Himself
The Barbara McNair Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Joey Bishop Show 1967-1969 TV Series Himself
Della 1969 TV Series Himself
The David Frost Show 1969 TV Series Himself
The Donald O'Connor Show 1969 TV Series Himself
The Hollywood Palace 1964-1969 TV Series Himself - Host / Himself - Singer / Himself / ...
The Pat Boone Show 1968 TV Series Himself
The Dean Martin Show 1966-1967 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1962-1967 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
The New London Palladium Show 1965 TV Series Himself
Danny Thomas Special: 40th Anniversary of the Coconut Grove 1964 TV Special Himself
What's My Line? 1961-1962 TV Series Himself - Mystery Guest
Here's Hollywood 1961-1962 TV Series Himself
The 34th Annual Academy Awards 1962 TV Special Himself - Co-Presenter: Music Awards
The Garry Moore Show 1961 TV Series Himself
The 33rd Annual Academy Awards 1961 TV Special Himself - Co-Presenter: Cinematography Awards
The Ed Sullivan Show 1949-1960 TV Series Himself / Himself - Singer / Himself - Guest Host
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1960 TV Series Himself - Singer
Startime 1959 TV Series Himself
Chelsea at Nine 1959 TV Series Himself
The Juke Box Jury 1959 TV Series Himself
The 31st Annual Academy Awards 1959 TV Special Himself - Performer
The All-Star Christmas Show 1958 TV Movie Himself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1957-1958 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest Host
The Nat King Cole Show 1957 TV Series Himself - Singer
The Walter Winchell Show 1956 TV Series Himself
Film Fanfare 1956 TV Series Himself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium 1956 TV Series Himself
Person to Person 1956 TV Series documentary Himself
Arthur Godfrey and His Friends 1956 TV Series Himself
Inside Beverly Hills 1956 TV Movie Himself
The Tony Martin Show 1954-1956 TV Series Himself
The 27th Annual Academy Awards 1955 TV Special Himself - Performer
Texaco Star Theatre 1949-1954 TV Series Himself - Singer
The Bob Hope Show 1954 TV Series Herself
Christmas with the Stars 1953 TV Movie Himself
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1951-1952 TV Series Himself / Himself - Singer / Himself - Host / ...
All Star Revue 1952 TV Series Himself - Singer
Irving Berlin's Salute to America 1951 TV Movie Himself
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Goes to Bat 1950 Documentary short Himself
The Saturday Night Revue with Jack Carter 1950 TV Series Himself
Meet the Stars #6: Stars at Play 1941 Documentary short Himself
Screen Snapshots Series 19, No. 5: Art and Artists 1940 Short documentary Himself
20th Century Fox Promotional Film 1936 Documentary short Himself (singing voice, uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Music: Big Band Vocalists 2012 TV Movie Himself
Great Performances 2005 TV Series Himself
Ziegfeld Girl Intro 2004 Video documentary short Frank Merton
The Nightclub Years 2001 TV Special documentary Himself
Biography 1995-1999 TV Series documentary Himself / Actor 'Kentucky Moonshine'
That's Entertainment! III 1994 Documentary Performer in Clip from 'Ziegfeld Girl' (uncredited)
That's Entertainment! 1974 Clip from 'Hit the Deck'
The Ed Sullivan Show 1958 TV Series Himself
MGM Parade 1955 TV Series Gaylord Ravenal

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 6436 Hollywood Blvd.
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television On 8 February 1960. At 1725 Vine Street.
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Recording On 8 February 1960. At 6331 Hollywood Blvd.
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Radio On 8 February 1960. At 1760 Vine Street

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1955 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Male Singer


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#Quote
1 I think I sound like a fella who's always making a plea through his music. Sort of a plea of sincerity.
2 [on being Alice Faye's husband] To many people around town, I was Mr. Alice Faye.
3 [on Cyd Charisse] She stepped out of a dream.
4 The war and all my service-connected problems did me one good turn. When I came out I was pretty humble. I had been chopped down to size.


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