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Mary Martin Collection

Best remembered as Broadway's Nellie Forbush and Peter Pan, Mary Martin also graced Radio Row.

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Mary Martin

34 old time radio show recordings
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Mary Martin on the micBeing a young person is a difficult thing in a world filled with risks. Even if a youngster is gifted with all the possible advantages, a wrong decision can lead to a lifetime of scandal and unhappiness. However, the hopefulness of youth can be strong enough to overcome even these obstacles. In the end, a determination to be happy can be the strongest force in a person's life. 

Weatherford, Texas, judge Preston Martin's wife, Juanita, had been warned that a second pregnancy after the birth of their daughter, Geraldine, would be an unnecessary risk. However, Preston and Juanita were determined to have a son, and on December 1, 1913, little Mary Martin was born. Perhaps it was because they were hoping for a son that little Mary became an incorrigible tomboy. Thanks to Preston's success, Mary and "Sister" Geraldine had a sizable ranch with a barn and an orchard to run around on, and Mother Juanita, a violin instructor, instilled a love of music in the girls. School was easy for Mary who was said to have a photographic memory as a child, which made tests and learning songs easy for her.

"Sister", Mary, and a neighbor girl found some bellhop uniforms and began singing from the bandstand near the courthouse and her father's law offices on Saturday evenings. Mary had also joined nearly all of the church choirs in Weatherford. She quickly learned all the popular songs from Ruby Keeler and Bing on the radio and was a popular soloist at public gatherings at the local firehouse. All in all, Mary was a daughter to be proud of as her parents prepared to send her to a finishing school in Nashville. However, while attending high school, Mary began dating and fell madly in love with Ben Hagman. Although she found more opportunities to perform, Mary found the routine at Ward-Belmont College for Young Ladies dull and confining. 

Mary MartinDesperately homesick, while home for a school break Mary begged her mother to allow her to marry Benjamin Hagman, who was studying to become an accountant and attorney, eventually becoming a district attorney. The newlywed Hagman's spent their honeymoon at the Martin house, but Mary soon found herself seventeen-years-old, pregnant and confused about her life. "Sister" came to the rescue by suggesting that Mary open a dance school. She left baby Larry (yes, he will grow up to be that Larry Hagman) with mama Juanita and went to the Franchon and Marco School of Theatre and Dance in California, soon returning to open her own school in nearby Mineral Wells, Texas.

A Mineral Wells hotel loaned her a ballroom studio with the agreement that she would sing in the lobby on Saturday evenings. One day, she walked into the wrong room at the studio where some recording equipment had been set up. Asked what key she wanted to sing "So Red Rose" in, Mary replied that she had no idea what her key was, but sang anyway and was rewarded with a job at the Fox Theater in San Francisco with a follow-on gig at the Paramount in Los Angeles.

While performing in L.A., Mary received word that a religious fanatic who believed that dancing was sinful had burnt the Mary Hagman School of dance to the ground. While in Weatherford to pick up the pieces, her father advised her that she was too young to be happily married. He handled the divorce while Mary again left Larry with her mother and returned to endless auditions in Hollywood. In one of her early record company auditions, she sang "Indian Love Call", after which she was approached by "a tall, craggly man who looked like a mountain" who told Mary that she had something special. The man was Oscar Hammerstein II. (For those readers unused to show business tales, this is called a "Big Break".)

Mary was cast as Dolly Winslow in Cole Porter's Leave It to Me! (1938, The Imperial Theatre. 291 performances), and her rendition of "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" made her an overnight Star. Mary began to conquer radio in 1939 by becoming the featured singer on CBS's Tuesday Night Party. In December, she took over Connie Boswell's spot on Good News of 1940 and continued with the sponsor on Maxwell House Coffee Time. She would step into Ms. Boswell's shoes again in 1942 with Bing on The Kraft Music Hall. While working in New York, Mary began dating Richard Halliday, a drama critic for the New York World-Telegram and The Daily News. Richard became the love of Mary's life and they were married on May 5, 1940.

Mary Martin as TinkerbellWith the publication of James Michener's Tales of the South Pacific (1947), Mary would finally get a chance to work with "the craggly old man" who had predicted big things for her back when she was auditioning in Los Angeles. Oscar Hammerstein and his partner Richard Rogers felt that the book could be adapted to the musical stage to make a pile of money and deliver a powerful message about racism. Casting Mary as all-American Navy nurse Nellie Forbush and Enzio Pinza as French planter Emile de Becque, Rogers and Hammerstein wrote several numbers with the talents of their leads in mind. South Pacific (April 1949, Majestic Theatre, 1,925 performances) became the second most successful musical at the time (after Oklahoma!). Mary left the Broadway production in 1951 to open the London West End production where she was joined on stage by her son, Larry Hagman (who would subsequently join the U.S. Air Force).

Producer for the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera, Edwin Lester bought the rights for an American production of Peter Pan with Mary in mind for the boy who never grows up. Although the show's pre-Broadway West Coast tour was not a success, the limited Broadway run (October 1954, Winter Garden Theatre, 154 performances) won a Tony for Mary, and she said it was her favorite role. She worked with Rogers and Hammerstein again to create Maria in The Sound of Music (November 1959, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 1,433 performances).

Although Mary would appear in several films, she was generally not cast in adaptations of her Broadway roles. She claimed to not enjoy making films but seemed to enjoy working on TV. In 1955, she was awarded an Emmy for her appearance in the NBC TV adaptation of Peter Pan.

Mary Martin succumbed to cancer at her in Rancho Mirage, California, on November 3, 1990. She was 75, just four weeks short of her 76th birthday. Two Stars on the Hollywood Walk of fame are dedicated honoring Mary Martin; one at 1560 Vine St for her contributions to the Recording Arts, and another at 6609 Hollywood Blvd for her work in Radio. 

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    34 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $4.50. Total playtime 24 hours, 42 min
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      34 shows - total playtime 24 hours 42 minutes
      1. America Calling 410208 Salute To Greece Part 2.mp3
      2. Biography In Sound 561016 65 Mary Martin.mp3
      3. Bob Hope 19410610 Mary Martin Cleveland.mp3
      4. Chesterfield Show4952 500510 034 Mary Martin.mp3
      5. Com 72 Love Thy Neighbor 1940 Fred Allenjack Benny.mp3
      6. CP 420507 012 Betty Grable Jack Benny Judy Canova.mp3
      7. CP 420811 026 Walter Pidgeon Mary Martin Marlene Dietrich.mp3
      8. CP 421013 Bing Crosby Mary Martin.mp3
      9. Eternal Light 600522 0786 Andreas Room.mp3
      10. Forecast 400805 07 Of Stars And States.mp3
      11. Good News Of 380609 032 Robert Young.mp3
      12. Good News Of 380616 033 Ed Sullivan.mp3
      13. Good News Of 391214 102 Allen Jones.mp3
      14. Guest Star 470821 0022 Mary Martin.mp3
      15. Hall Of Fame 441008 Orson Wellesmary Martin Burle Ives.mp3
      16. Hear It Now 510518 23 Crime Hearings.mp3
      17. Jack Benny 401117 386 Jack Waits To See Movie Director.mp3
      18. Jbgs 410208 Greek War Relief Program.mp3
      19. KMH 420129 US Field Artl March Sam Snead M.Carroll.mp3
      20. KMH 420312 How About You Pat Obrien Wingy Manone.mp3
      21. KMH 420402 Army Air Corps Walter Huston Claude Thornhill.mp3
      22. KMH 420416 Kkkkaty Spike Jones Ronald Reagan Sabu.mp3
      23. KMH 420423 Marines Hymn Capt. Floyd J. Sweet.mp3
      24. KMH 420430 Hey Mabel! Susan Hayward Larry Adler Gene Tunney.mp3
      25. KMH 420528 Bombardier Song Frank Mchugh Ruth Hussey.mp3
      26. KMH 420604 294 John Garfield.mp3
      27. KMH 421105 Marines Hymn Cass Daley Richard Haydn.mp3
      28. Lux Radio Theater 430118 379 My Gal Sal.mp3
      29. Maxwell House Coffee Time 401121 Baby Snooks.mp3
      30. Radio Hall Fame 441008 Orson Welles Mary Martin Burle Ives.mp3
      31. Recollection At 30 560912 12 Mary Martins First Radio Appr.mp3
      32. Recollections At 30 570313 Happy Saint Patricks Day.mp3
      33. Stagedoor Canteen 430812 Jack Smith Mary Martin.mp3
      34. This I Believe 1900.00.00 Mary Martin.mp3
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    34 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $4.50. Total playtime 24 hours, 42 min
    34 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $4.50
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      34 shows - total playtime 24 hours 42 minutes
      1. America Calling 410208 Salute To Greece Part 2.mp3
      2. Biography In Sound 561016 65 Mary Martin.mp3
      3. Bob Hope 19410610 Mary Martin Cleveland.mp3
      4. Chesterfield Show4952 500510 034 Mary Martin.mp3
      5. Com 72 Love Thy Neighbor 1940 Fred Allenjack Benny.mp3
      6. CP 420507 012 Betty Grable Jack Benny Judy Canova.mp3
      7. CP 420811 026 Walter Pidgeon Mary Martin Marlene Dietrich.mp3
      8. CP 421013 Bing Crosby Mary Martin.mp3
      9. Eternal Light 600522 0786 Andreas Room.mp3
      10. Forecast 400805 07 Of Stars And States.mp3
      11. Good News Of 380609 032 Robert Young.mp3
      12. Good News Of 380616 033 Ed Sullivan.mp3
      13. Good News Of 391214 102 Allen Jones.mp3
      14. Guest Star 470821 0022 Mary Martin.mp3
      15. Hall Of Fame 441008 Orson Wellesmary Martin Burle Ives.mp3
      16. Hear It Now 510518 23 Crime Hearings.mp3
      17. Jack Benny 401117 386 Jack Waits To See Movie Director.mp3
      18. Jbgs 410208 Greek War Relief Program.mp3
      19. KMH 420129 US Field Artl March Sam Snead M.Carroll.mp3
      20. KMH 420312 How About You Pat Obrien Wingy Manone.mp3
      21. KMH 420402 Army Air Corps Walter Huston Claude Thornhill.mp3
      22. KMH 420416 Kkkkaty Spike Jones Ronald Reagan Sabu.mp3
      23. KMH 420423 Marines Hymn Capt. Floyd J. Sweet.mp3
      24. KMH 420430 Hey Mabel! Susan Hayward Larry Adler Gene Tunney.mp3
      25. KMH 420528 Bombardier Song Frank Mchugh Ruth Hussey.mp3
      26. KMH 420604 294 John Garfield.mp3
      27. KMH 421105 Marines Hymn Cass Daley Richard Haydn.mp3
      28. Lux Radio Theater 430118 379 My Gal Sal.mp3
      29. Maxwell House Coffee Time 401121 Baby Snooks.mp3
      30. Radio Hall Fame 441008 Orson Welles Mary Martin Burle Ives.mp3
      31. Recollection At 30 560912 12 Mary Martins First Radio Appr.mp3
      32. Recollections At 30 570313 Happy Saint Patricks Day.mp3
      33. Stagedoor Canteen 430812 Jack Smith Mary Martin.mp3
      34. This I Believe 1900.00.00 Mary Martin.mp3
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    34 recordings on 27 Audio CDs. Total playtime 23 hours, 12 min
    34 recordings on 27 Audio CDs
    total playtime 23 hours, 12 min

    Mary Martin Disc A001

    1. Bob Hope 19410610 Mary Martin Cleveland
    2. Com 72 Love Thy Neighbor 1940 Fred Allenjack Benny
    3. This I Believe 1900.00.00 Mary Martin

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    Mary Martin Disc A002

    1. Good News Of 380609 032 Robert Young

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    Mary Martin Disc A003

    1. Good News Of 380616 033 Ed Sullivan

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    Mary Martin Disc A004

    1. Good News Of 391214 102 Allen Jones

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    Mary Martin Disc A005

    1. Forecast 400805 07 Of Stars And States

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    Mary Martin Disc A006

    1. Jack Benny 401117 386 Jack Waits To See Movie Director
    2. Maxwell House Coffee Time 401121 Baby Snooks

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    Mary Martin Disc A007

    1. America Calling 410208 Salute To Greece Part 2

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    Mary Martin Disc A008

    1. KMH 420129 US Field Artl March Sam Snead M.Carroll

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    Mary Martin Disc A009

    1. KMH 420312 How About You Pat Obrien Wingy Manone

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    Mary Martin Disc A010

    1. KMH 420402 Army Air Corps Walter Huston Claude Thornhill

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    Mary Martin Disc A011

    1. KMH 420416 Kkkkaty Spike Jones Ronald Reagan Sabu

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    Mary Martin Disc A012

    1. KMH 420423 Marines Hymn Capt. Floyd J. Sweet

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    Mary Martin Disc A013

    1. KMH 420430 Hey Mabel! Susan Hayward Larry Adler Gene Tunney

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    Mary Martin Disc A014

    1. CP 420507 012 Betty Grable Jack Benny Judy Canova

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    Mary Martin Disc A015

    1. KMH 420528 Bombardier Song Frank Mchugh Ruth Hussey

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    Mary Martin Disc A016

    1. KMH 420604 294 John Garfield

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    Mary Martin Disc A017

    1. CP 420811 026 Walter Pidgeon Mary Martin Marlene Dietrich
    2. CP 421013 Bing Crosby Mary Martin

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    Mary Martin Disc A018

    1. KMH 421105 Marines Hymn Cass Daley Richard Haydn

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    Mary Martin Disc A019

    1. Lux Radio Theater 430118 379 My Gal Sal

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    Mary Martin Disc A020

    1. Stagedoor Canteen 430812 Jack Smith Mary Martin

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    Mary Martin Disc A021

    1. Hall Of Fame 441008 Orson Wellesmary Martin Burle Ives

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    Mary Martin Disc A022

    1. Radio Hall Fame 441008 Orson Welles Mary Martin Burle Ives

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    Mary Martin Disc A023

    1. Guest Star 470821 0022 Mary Martin
    2. Chesterfield Show4952 500510 034 Mary Martin

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    Mary Martin Disc A024

    1. Hear It Now 510518 23 Crime Hearings

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    Mary Martin Disc A025

    1. Recollection At 30 560912 12 Mary Martins First Radio Appr

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    Mary Martin Disc A026

    1. Biography In Sound 561016 65 Mary Martin

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    Mary Martin Disc A027

    1. Recollections At 30 570313 Happy Saint Patricks Day
    2. Eternal Light 600522 0786 Andreas Room

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