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Singer Tony Martin spent his career on the fringes of the A-list but had what was thought of as one of the happiest marriages in Hollywood to dancer Cyd Charise.

Tony Martin

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Tony Martin SingingIt is understandable that Hollywood's A-list Stars capture all of our attention. If B-lister's were interesting enough to hold our attention, they would be on the A-list, after all. Of course, it does not always work that way. Sometimes those who do not quite make the A-list cut have incredibly interesting lives, not to mention talent, but there just isn't room in the breezy heights for everyone who should be there.

Singer Tony Martin spent his entire career on the fringes of the A-list, even if he never quite made it there himself. In the first band he was paid to play in, he sat next to future great Woody Herman. His first wife went on to become one of the most desired wives in radio (albeit after she married someone else), and his second marriage (which lasted 60 years) was to one of MGM's most beautiful and talented dancers. He recorded for Motown Records, even though his career was partially derailed by the rise of Rock and Roll, is a quadruple-honoree with Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and commanded $50 per ticket at the age of 96.

Born Alvin Morris on Christmas day, 1913, in San Francisco, he was the grandson of Eastern European Jewish immigrants. At the age of ten, his grandmother gave him a saxophone. He formed his own band, "The Red Peppers" while still a student at Oakland Technical High School before joining local band leader Tom Gerun's outfit. Gerun's other reed specialist was a kid from Wisconsin named Woody Herman. He took a break from the band during the mid-1930's to attend St. Mary's College of California. Even though Gerun kept a job open for him, after college he decided to move to Hollywood and try his luck in pictures and took the stage name of Tony Martin.

Tony Martin and Alice FayeAt first, Martin was given mostly bit parts, but he steadily found work, if not top billing, in Hollywood musicals. One of his early roles was as a sailor in Follow the Fleet (1936) with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The same year, he became the featured singer on George Burns and Gracie Allen's Campbell's Tomato Juice Program (Gracie: "Oh Tony, you look so tired, why don't you rest your lips on mine?")

Another small part was as an uncredited radio baritone in The Poor Little Rich Girl (1936) with Shirley Temple. The picture featured beauty Alice Faye, and a year later Faye and Martin tied the knot. The marriage ended in 1941, and Faye married Jack Benny's bandleader, Phil Harris.

Martin joined the Navy after Pearl Harbor, but he was separated honorably from the service before completing his obligation. False rumors began to circulate that he tried to "buy" his way into an officer's commission, so Martin and the Navy agreed to part ways. He then joined the Army Air Forces and was assigned as a corporal to Captain Glenn Miller's outfit. When he was promoted to Technical Sergeant, he was transferred to India where Brigadier General William Tunner assigned him to enlist personnel from the Burma Air Lift to form an entertainment troupe who performed at various bases in the Far East.

In 1948, Martin married up and coming MGM dancer Cyd Charisse. Tony adopted Cyd's son, Nico Charisse, and the couple had a boy of their own, Tony Jr.  While he was courting Cyd, he served as host of The Texaco Star Theatre, also known as "The Tony Martin Show".

Tony and Cyd attended the Hollywood Friars Club Roast for Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in November 1958. After comedian Harry Einstein (Parkyakarkus) finished his routine, he collapsed in Milton Berle's lap, which prompted Berle to call for a doctor in the house. It was not a joke, Parke was in actual distress. As Einstein was carried backstage, Emcee Art Linkletter hoped to distract the audience by calling on Tony Martin to sing. In the confusion, the number Tony chose was his 1949 hit which was based on the Italian song "O Sole Mio", the unfortunately titled (for that evening) "There's No Tomorrow". Parkyakarkus died of a massive heart attack.

Cyd and Tony were staunch Republicans and campaigned for Richard Nixon in 1968. In 1976, they published their joint memoirs titled The Two of Us. Cyd Charisse died of a heart attack on June 17, 2008, at the age of 86. Tony knew that the best way to deal with his grief was to work, so he telephoned his agent who booked him into the Rrazz Room at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco at the age of 96.

Tony joined Cyd on July 27, 2012. They are interred together at Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City. Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame which honor Tony Martin include one at 6436 Hollywood Blvd for Motion Pictures, one at 1725 Vine St for Television, at 6331 Hollywood Blvd for Recording, and another at 1760 Vine St for Radio. Bob Hope, Roy Rogers, and Mickey Rooney are also four-Star honorees. Only Gene Autry has Stars in all five recognized categories.

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    57 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00. Total playtime 27 hours, 42 min
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    Volume 1 - 27 shows - total playtime 15 hours 56 minutes
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    1. Best Of All 541129 Sigmond Romberg Deep In My Heart.mp3
    2. Bill Stern Sports Newsreel 480430 448 Tony Martin.mp3
    3. Burns And Allen 361125 09 Landing Of Indians At Plymouth.mp3
    4. Burns And Allen 361202 10 Gracie As Dramatic Actor.mp3
    5. Burns And Allen 361209 11 Gracie Honors New Orleans.mp3
    6. Burns And Allen 361216 12 Poncho Villa Rides Again.mp3
    7. Burns And Allen 361223 13 Gracies Christmas Carol.mp3
    8. Burns And Allen 370106 15 Recipe For Hollywood Sweetie Pie.mp3
    9. Burns And Allen 371011 27 Bob Burns Substitutes.mp3
    10. Burns And Allen 380110 40 Gracies Murder Mystery.mp3
    11. Burns And Allen 380117 41 Another Murder Mystery.mp3
    12. Dental Health 470000 6 Tony Martin.mp3
    13. Duffys 500330 357 Tony Martin Pretends To Be Duffy.mp3
    14. Forecast 410825 Tour Of Hollywood.mp3
    15. Fred Allen Show 461013 079 Radio Mikado.mp3
    16. Good News Of 381117 047 Joan Crawford.mp3
    17. Good News Of 381124 048 Tony Martin.mp3
    18. Good News Of 381201 049 Tony Martin.mp3
    19. Good News Of 381208 050 Rosilyn Russell.mp3
    20. Good News Of 381215 051 Reginald Brown.mp3
    21. Good News Of 381222 052 Christmas Show.mp3
    22. Good News Of 390112 055 Cecelia Parker.mp3
    23. Grape Nuts Program 371011 001 Tony Martin Bob Burns.mp3
    24. Guest Star 490821 0126 Nola.mp3
    25. Guest Star 501112 0190 Toot Toot Toosie Good Bye Tony Martin.mp3
    26. Guest Star 531122 0348 South Of Border.mp3
    27. Guest Star 560129 462 Tony Martin.mp3
    Volume 2 - 30 shows - total playtime 11 hours 46 minutes
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    1. Hollywood Hotel 361218 One In Million.mp3
    2. Listen To Love Song 19460000 Tony Martin Georgia Gibbs.mp3
    3. Mail Call 47043 0243 Tony Martin Dinah Shore.mp3
    4. Martin And Lewis 490621 012 Tony Martin.mp3
    5. Martin And Lewis 520229 062 Tony Curtis.mp3
    6. Rexall Parade Of Stars 420000 Part 1.mp3
    7. Rexall Parade Of Stars 420000 Part 2.mp3
    8. Screen Directors Playhouse 490722 026 Casbah.mp3
    9. Sealtest Variety Theater 481118 Tony Martin Gildersleeve.mp3
    10. Texaco Town 371229 66 Dave Rubinoff Tony Martin.mp3
    11. Tony Martin For Bourjois 01 460619 Pt 2.mp3
    12. Tony Martin For Bourjois 02 460629 Pt 2.mp3
    13. Tony Martin For Bourjois 03 460810 Pt 1.mp3
    14. Tony Martin For Bourjois 04 460810 Pt 2.mp3
    15. Tony Martin For Bourjois 05 460817 Pt 1.mp3
    16. Tony Martin For Bourjois 06 460817 Pt 2.mp3
    17. Tony Martin For Bourjois 07 460831 Pt 1.mp3
    18. Tony Martin For Bourjois 08 46097 Pt 2.mp3
    19. Tony Martin For Bourjois 09 460914 Pt 2.mp3
    20. Tony Martin For Bourjois 10 460928 Pt 1.mp3
    21. Tony Martin For Bourjois 11 460928 Pt 2.mp3
    22. Tony Martin For Bourjois 12 461005 Pt 1.mp3
    23. Tony Martin Show 470330 01 Bob Hope.mp3
    24. Tony Martin Show 470413 03 George Burns And Gracie Allen.mp3
    25. Tony Martin Show 470420.mp3
    26. Tony Martin Show 470504 06 Jimmy Durante.mp3
    27. Tony Martin Show 470803 19 Young And Martin Private Eyes.mp3
    28. Tony Martin Show 470921 26 Getting Alans Girl Back.mp3
    29. Tony Martin Show 470928 27 Secret Life Of Alan Young.mp3
    30. Tony Martin Show 480310 46 When Average Family Wins Quiz Show.mp3
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    Volume 1 - 27 shows - total playtime 15 hours 56 minutes
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    1. Best Of All 541129 Sigmond Romberg Deep In My Heart.mp3
    2. Bill Stern Sports Newsreel 480430 448 Tony Martin.mp3
    3. Burns And Allen 361125 09 Landing Of Indians At Plymouth.mp3
    4. Burns And Allen 361202 10 Gracie As Dramatic Actor.mp3
    5. Burns And Allen 361209 11 Gracie Honors New Orleans.mp3
    6. Burns And Allen 361216 12 Poncho Villa Rides Again.mp3
    7. Burns And Allen 361223 13 Gracies Christmas Carol.mp3
    8. Burns And Allen 370106 15 Recipe For Hollywood Sweetie Pie.mp3
    9. Burns And Allen 371011 27 Bob Burns Substitutes.mp3
    10. Burns And Allen 380110 40 Gracies Murder Mystery.mp3
    11. Burns And Allen 380117 41 Another Murder Mystery.mp3
    12. Dental Health 470000 6 Tony Martin.mp3
    13. Duffys 500330 357 Tony Martin Pretends To Be Duffy.mp3
    14. Forecast 410825 Tour Of Hollywood.mp3
    15. Fred Allen Show 461013 079 Radio Mikado.mp3
    16. Good News Of 381117 047 Joan Crawford.mp3
    17. Good News Of 381124 048 Tony Martin.mp3
    18. Good News Of 381201 049 Tony Martin.mp3
    19. Good News Of 381208 050 Rosilyn Russell.mp3
    20. Good News Of 381215 051 Reginald Brown.mp3
    21. Good News Of 381222 052 Christmas Show.mp3
    22. Good News Of 390112 055 Cecelia Parker.mp3
    23. Grape Nuts Program 371011 001 Tony Martin Bob Burns.mp3
    24. Guest Star 490821 0126 Nola.mp3
    25. Guest Star 501112 0190 Toot Toot Toosie Good Bye Tony Martin.mp3
    26. Guest Star 531122 0348 South Of Border.mp3
    27. Guest Star 560129 462 Tony Martin.mp3
    Volume 2 - 30 shows - total playtime 11 hours 46 minutes
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    1. Hollywood Hotel 361218 One In Million.mp3
    2. Listen To Love Song 19460000 Tony Martin Georgia Gibbs.mp3
    3. Mail Call 47043 0243 Tony Martin Dinah Shore.mp3
    4. Martin And Lewis 490621 012 Tony Martin.mp3
    5. Martin And Lewis 520229 062 Tony Curtis.mp3
    6. Rexall Parade Of Stars 420000 Part 1.mp3
    7. Rexall Parade Of Stars 420000 Part 2.mp3
    8. Screen Directors Playhouse 490722 026 Casbah.mp3
    9. Sealtest Variety Theater 481118 Tony Martin Gildersleeve.mp3
    10. Texaco Town 371229 66 Dave Rubinoff Tony Martin.mp3
    11. Tony Martin For Bourjois 01 460619 Pt 2.mp3
    12. Tony Martin For Bourjois 02 460629 Pt 2.mp3
    13. Tony Martin For Bourjois 03 460810 Pt 1.mp3
    14. Tony Martin For Bourjois 04 460810 Pt 2.mp3
    15. Tony Martin For Bourjois 05 460817 Pt 1.mp3
    16. Tony Martin For Bourjois 06 460817 Pt 2.mp3
    17. Tony Martin For Bourjois 07 460831 Pt 1.mp3
    18. Tony Martin For Bourjois 08 46097 Pt 2.mp3
    19. Tony Martin For Bourjois 09 460914 Pt 2.mp3
    20. Tony Martin For Bourjois 10 460928 Pt 1.mp3
    21. Tony Martin For Bourjois 11 460928 Pt 2.mp3
    22. Tony Martin For Bourjois 12 461005 Pt 1.mp3
    23. Tony Martin Show 470330 01 Bob Hope.mp3
    24. Tony Martin Show 470413 03 George Burns And Gracie Allen.mp3
    25. Tony Martin Show 470420.mp3
    26. Tony Martin Show 470504 06 Jimmy Durante.mp3
    27. Tony Martin Show 470803 19 Young And Martin Private Eyes.mp3
    28. Tony Martin Show 470921 26 Getting Alans Girl Back.mp3
    29. Tony Martin Show 470928 27 Secret Life Of Alan Young.mp3
    30. Tony Martin Show 480310 46 When Average Family Wins Quiz Show.mp3
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    57 recordings on 31 Audio CDs. Total playtime 27 hours, 42 min
    57 recordings on 31 Audio CDs
    total playtime 27 hours, 42 min

    Tony Martin Disc A001

    1. Listen To Love Song 19460000 Tony Martin Georgia Gibbs
    2. Mail Call 47043 0243 Tony Martin Dinah Shore

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    Tony Martin Disc A002

    1. Tony Martin For Bourjois 08 46097 Pt 2
    2. Burns And Allen 361125 09 Landing Of Indians At Plymouth

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    Tony Martin Disc A003

    1. Burns And Allen 361202 10 Gracie As Dramatic Actor
    2. Burns And Allen 361209 11 Gracie Honors New Orleans

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    Tony Martin Disc A004

    1. Burns And Allen 361216 12 Poncho Villa Rides Again

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    Tony Martin Disc A005

    1. Hollywood Hotel 361218 One In Million

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    Tony Martin Disc A006

    1. Burns And Allen 361223 13 Gracies Christmas Carol
    2. Burns And Allen 370106 15 Recipe For Hollywood Sweetie Pie

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    Tony Martin Disc A007

    1. Burns And Allen 371011 27 Bob Burns Substitutes
    2. Grape Nuts Program 371011 001 Tony Martin Bob Burns

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    Tony Martin Disc A008

    1. Texaco Town 371229 66 Dave Rubinoff Tony Martin
    2. Burns And Allen 380110 40 Gracies Murder Mystery

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    Tony Martin Disc A009

    1. Burns And Allen 380117 41 Another Murder Mystery

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    Tony Martin Disc A010

    1. Good News Of 381117 047 Joan Crawford

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    Tony Martin Disc A011

    1. Good News Of 381124 048 Tony Martin

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    Tony Martin Disc A012

    1. Good News Of 381201 049 Tony Martin

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    Tony Martin Disc A013

    1. Good News Of 381208 050 Rosilyn Russell

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    Tony Martin Disc A014

    1. Good News Of 381215 051 Reginald Brown

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    Tony Martin Disc A015

    1. Good News Of 381222 052 Christmas Show

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    Tony Martin Disc A016

    1. Good News Of 390112 055 Cecelia Parker

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    Tony Martin Disc A017

    1. Forecast 410825 Tour Of Hollywood
    2. Rexall Parade Of Stars 420000 Part 1
    3. Rexall Parade Of Stars 420000 Part 2

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    Tony Martin Disc A018

    1. Tony Martin For Bourjois 01 460619 Pt 2
    2. Tony Martin For Bourjois 02 460629 Pt 2
    3. Tony Martin For Bourjois 03 460810 Pt 1
    4. Tony Martin For Bourjois 04 460810 Pt 2

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    Tony Martin Disc A019

    1. Tony Martin For Bourjois 05 460817 Pt 1
    2. Tony Martin For Bourjois 06 460817 Pt 2
    3. Tony Martin For Bourjois 07 460831 Pt 1
    4. Tony Martin For Bourjois 09 460914 Pt 2

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    Tony Martin Disc A020

    1. Tony Martin For Bourjois 10 460928 Pt 1
    2. Tony Martin For Bourjois 11 460928 Pt 2
    3. Tony Martin For Bourjois 12 461005 Pt 1

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    Tony Martin Disc A021

    1. Fred Allen Show 461013 079 Radio Mikado
    2. Dental Health 470000 6 Tony Martin

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    Tony Martin Disc A022

    1. Tony Martin Show 470330 01 Bob Hope
    2. Tony Martin Show 470413 03 George Burns And Gracie Allen

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    Tony Martin Disc A023

    1. Tony Martin Show 470420
    2. Tony Martin Show 470504 06 Jimmy Durante

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    Tony Martin Disc A024

    1. Tony Martin Show 470803 19 Young And Martin Private Eyes
    2. Tony Martin Show 470921 26 Getting Alans Girl Back

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    Tony Martin Disc A025

    1. Tony Martin Show 470928 27 Secret Life Of Alan Young
    2. Tony Martin Show 480310 46 When Average Family Wins Quiz Show

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    Tony Martin Disc A026

    1. Bill Stern Sports Newsreel 480430 448 Tony Martin
    2. Sealtest Variety Theater 481118 Tony Martin Gildersleeve

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    Tony Martin Disc A027

    1. Martin And Lewis 490621 012 Tony Martin
    2. Screen Directors Playhouse 490722 026 Casbah

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    Tony Martin Disc A028

    1. Guest Star 490821 0126 Nola
    2. Duffys 500330 357 Tony Martin Pretends To Be Duffy
    3. Guest Star 501112 0190 Toot Toot Toosie Good Bye Tony Martin

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    Tony Martin Disc A029

    1. Martin And Lewis 520229 062 Tony Curtis
    2. Guest Star 531122 0348 South Of Border

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    Tony Martin Disc A030

    1. Best Of All 541129 Sigmond Romberg Deep In My Heart

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    Tony Martin Disc A031

    1. Guest Star 560129 462 Tony Martin

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