Welcome to OTRCAT.com: Old Time Radio Catalog
Loading. Please wait...

Showtime from Hollywood

A showcase variety show for the Sweet-Music classical-based sounds of Freddy Martin.

10%
OFF
Showtime from Hollywood

11 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 2 hours, 5 min)
available in the following formats:

1 MP3 CD
or
2 Audio CDs


Choose your CD format
or order disks individually: Add to Cart
Add to wishlist
Play a sample episode :

"Girl That I Marry"



... or click here to save the Mp3 file to your computer
Print

Text on OTRCAT.com ©2001-2021 OTRCAT INC All Rights Reserved. Reproduction is prohibited.

The "Showtime" format is a popular and fun wrinkle on the variety show. The Variety Show has its roots in music hall and vaudeville traditions. The more different new acts a theater owner could book into his hall, the more audiences would return to see them. Rather than simply putting on a show, the showtime format allowed the company to show the audience that they were putting on a show. The technique acknowledges the "fourth wall" and makes the audience part of the action. 

Freddy MartinShowtime from Hollywood was a syndicated program recorded sometime in the late 1940s. The episode opens with the sounds of a film scene "take": a technician sounds a buzzer for quiet on the set, another coordinates sound synchronization, the camera begins rolling, and the director calls for "Action!".

At this point, Showtime from Hollywood plays several seconds of introductory music to allow for a local sponsor announcement and then departs the variety format altogether and becomes a showcase for Freddy Martin and his Orchestra, his Saxophone, and the Martin Men featuring Stuart Wade.

Freddy Martin grew up in a Cleveland, Ohio, orphanage where he began to play the drums before taking up the saxophone. In high school, he led a dance band and worked part-time as a salesman for the H.N. White (King Musical Instruments) Company. When Guy Lombardo based his Royal Canadians in Cleveland in the late Twenties, Freddy brought his samples by. Lombardo did not buy any instruments, but he was impressed enough with Martin's musicianship that he recommended the youngster's band when the Royal Canadians could not make a gig.

Most dance band leaders had a Jazz background while Martin had more of a classical foundation. Martin was an early pioneer of the "sweet-music" style during the big band era. While most "sweet" bands specialized in dulcet chords and just enough rhythm for a guy to hold his girl close, Freddy's arrangements might be based on Tchaikovsky, another of the classical masters.

Martin's success on the dance club circuit eventually led to Hollywood. The band appeared in Stage Door Canteen (1943, United Artists) and the Eddie "Rochester" Anderson vehicle What's Buzzin', Cousin? (1943, Columbia). The Freddy Martin Orchestra took up residence at the Ambassador Hotel and Freddy worked in Las Vegas as musical director for Elvis Presley.

Text on OTRCAT.com ©2001-2021 OTRCAT INC All Rights Reserved. Reproduction is prohibited.

These classic recordings are available in the following formats:

  • Show Rating

    0
    0     0


    COMMENTS

    Be the first to comment on "Showtime from Hollywood"


    Leave a comment

    You have reached the maximum number of votes for a unregistered user.

    Please login or create a new account to continue...

    You have reached the maximum number to down votes in this page.

  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    11 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $4.50. Total playtime 2 hours, 5 min
    11 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $4.50
    total playtime 2 hours, 5 min
    Add MP3 CD Collection to Cart

    Click here to see disc contents


      11 shows - total playtime 2 hours 5 minutes
      1. Showtime From Hollywood 153 My Merry Oldsmobile.mp3
      2. Showtime From Hollywood 154 Music Stops Kiss Sweetht.mp3
      3. Showtime From Hollywood 155 Girl That I Marry.mp3
      4. Showtime From Hollywood 159 Linda.mp3
      5. Showtime From Hollywood 160 With Hey And High And Ho Ho Ho.mp3
      6. Showtime From Hollywood 167 Zing! Went Strings Of My Heart.mp3
      7. Showtime From Hollywood 168 Afrs Missing First Half.mp3
      8. Showtime From Hollywood 169 June Is Busting Out All Over.mp3
      9. Showtime From Hollywood 170 Youre Cause Of It All.mp3
      10. Showtime From Hollywood 173 Mr Night Owl.mp3
      11. Showtime From Hollywood 174 Moonface Starry Eyes.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    11 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $4.50. Total playtime 2 hours, 5 min
    11 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $4.50
    total playtime 2 hours, 5 min
    Add MP3 CD Collection to Cart

    Click here to see disc contents


      11 shows - total playtime 2 hours 5 minutes
      1. Showtime From Hollywood 153 My Merry Oldsmobile.mp3
      2. Showtime From Hollywood 154 Music Stops Kiss Sweetht.mp3
      3. Showtime From Hollywood 155 Girl That I Marry.mp3
      4. Showtime From Hollywood 159 Linda.mp3
      5. Showtime From Hollywood 160 With Hey And High And Ho Ho Ho.mp3
      6. Showtime From Hollywood 167 Zing! Went Strings Of My Heart.mp3
      7. Showtime From Hollywood 168 Afrs Missing First Half.mp3
      8. Showtime From Hollywood 169 June Is Busting Out All Over.mp3
      9. Showtime From Hollywood 170 Youre Cause Of It All.mp3
      10. Showtime From Hollywood 173 Mr Night Owl.mp3
      11. Showtime From Hollywood 174 Moonface Starry Eyes.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    11 recordings on 2 Audio CDs. Total playtime 2 hours, 5 min
    11 recordings on 2 Audio CDs
    total playtime 2 hours, 5 min

    Showtime from Hollywood Disc A001

    1. Showtime From Hollywood 153 My Merry Oldsmobile
    2. Showtime From Hollywood 154 Music Stops Kiss Sweetht
    3. Showtime From Hollywood 155 Girl That I Marry
    4. Showtime From Hollywood 159 Linda
    5. Showtime From Hollywood 160 With Hey And High And Ho Ho Ho
    6. Showtime From Hollywood 167 Zing! Went Strings Of My Heart

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00
    Showtime from Hollywood Disc A002

    1. Showtime From Hollywood 168 Afrs Missing First Half
    2. Showtime From Hollywood 169 June Is Busting Out All Over
    3. Showtime From Hollywood 170 Youre Cause Of It All
    4. Showtime From Hollywood 173 Mr Night Owl
    5. Showtime From Hollywood 174 Moonface Starry Eyes

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00

LISTENERS WHO ENJOYED THESE RECORDINGS ALSO COLLECTED