Skip to comments.Romantic crooner Tony Martin dies at 98
Posted on 07/30/2012 11:46:56 AM PDT by Justaham
Tony Martin, the romantic singer who appeared in movie musicals from the 1930s to the 1950s and sustained a career in records, television and nightclubs from the Depression era into the 21st century, has died. He was 98.
Martin died of natural causes Friday evening at his West Los Angeles home, his friend and accountant Beverly Scott said Monday.
A peer of Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, Martin sang full voice in a warm baritone that carried special appeal for his female audience. Among his hit recordings were "I Get Ideas," ''To Each His Own," ''Begin the Beguine" and "There's No Tomorrow."
"He's the ultimate crooner who outlasted all is contemporaries," musician and longtime friend Gabriel Guerrero said from his Oregon home. Martin recently sang to Guerrero over the telephone.
"He has truly remained the butterscotch baritone until he was 98," Guerrero added.
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RIP! Helluva run!
Tony Martin “ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE”
Damn, he was about to record a comeback album on the Def Jam label. Pity.
I wonder if somebody had to make the movie studios “An offer they couldn’t refuse” to get him the movie roles.
Coincidentally, I watched From Here to Eternity (again) last week when Turner Classic Movies ran a tribute to Ernest Borgnine. Anyone who saw Frank Sinatra act knew that he did not need Mafia help to earn movie roles; he was terrific as Private Maggio.
And Borgnine as Fatso—wow! I had just watched Marty (on right before FHTE), and moviegoers must have been shocked to see Borgnine’s performance as the gentle butcher after having seen him as Fatso.
Technically, I believe he was the last surviving ‘adult male’ who actually starred in a film from the 1930s (he headlined a few minor 20th-Century Fox b-films around 1937-38 or so). Mickey Rooney starred in films back then, but was still a juvenile. Still a few surviving 1930s actresses, though.
I always thought he was Italian. He sure looked it. For those who didn’t read the article, he was Jewish.
Jewish, Italian....what’s the difference?
You’re right, Borgnine could act up a storm.
Just a point of interest; otherwise it doesn't matter.
I do hope that Willie Nelson did manage to record a duet with Tony before he died!
It helps to be an “old timer” to remember this Tony Martin.
You thinking of this guy?
Dittos on the acting ability of Sinatra and Borgnine. Another actor who never got full credit for his ability (probably due to his pretty boy image) was Tony Curtis.
t helps to be an old timer to remember this Tony Martin.
Yep. And, he was married to a lovely dish and great dancer Cid Cherise. Those were the days.
My late father once told me that Martin served in his USAAF outfit for a period of time during World War II. He said Martin was a pretty good guy.
Prayers for his friends and family members. He was a very talented singer with a gorgeous voice... Very impressive even to this “young’un” (who isn’t really young anymore at 40! LOL)
RIP Tony Martin - hope you’re having some fun up in heaven with all your buds.
"A recent pic of the two."
That whole group of entertainers where just that, entertainers. They sang, danced, acted, did stand up, whatever. Their talents dwarf anything we have today. They loved the stage and their fans. They worked hard and long hours for years. I respect them for that.
He said Martin was a pretty good guy.
I heard that too. Well, he was married for years to the same good lookng woman who adored him so he must have be a pretty “good Joe.”
They look great for their age - I think it was clean living!
I’m pretty sure that’s not the Tony Martin who was in Sabbath...
You do know who it is, right? You have to admit he certainly looked the role of a “Romantic Crooner” back in the day.
Honestly, I don’t know who he is. But you’re right.
That was Dio.
Now that you’ve said that, I recognize him. Of course even then he was only about three feet tall. :)