Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tony Martin (1913-2012)

Most people probably remember Tony Martin for his most successful recording, "I Get Ideas", back in the 50's, but by then, Martin was well established as a singer and an actor, having appeared on radio with George Burns & Gracie Allen, and in movies with the likes of the Marx Brothers and others. Martin passed away recently at 98.

Martin was married twice, most recently to dancer-actress Cyd Charisse, who passed on back in '08. The couple even collaborated on an autobiography together to best illustrate their long marriage.

For now, let's take a look at a performance from a 1984 TV special. John Bartholomew Tucker is the announcer.

Rest in peace, Tony.


magicdog said...

It's a shame Martin isn't as well known as his contemporaries like Frank Sinatra or Fred Astaire. He definitely matched their caliber. From what I've read, Martin continued to sing almost to the end of his life! It's been reported he still had a great baritone even in old age!

RIP indeed! Charisse must be happy to have him back!

hobbyfan said...

Amen to that.