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Martha Tilton

Born: November 14, 1915 | Died: December 8, 2006

About Martha Tilton:


Martha Tilton (born November 14, 1915, in Corpus Christi, Texas) is an American popular singer best-known for her 1939 recording of “And the Angels Sing” with Benny Goodman. She also had major success from 1942-49 as one of the first artists to record for Capitol Records. Among her biggest hits as a solo artist were “I’ll Walk Alone,” a wartime ballad which peaked at #4 on the charts in 1944; “I Should Care” and “A Stranger in Town,” both of which peaked at ..10 in 1945; and three in 1947: “How Are Things in Glocca Morra,” from Finian’s Rainbow, which reached ..8; “That’s My Desire,” which hit ..10; and “I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder,” which peaked at ..9. After she left Capitol, Tilton recorded for various other labels, including Coral and Tops. Among her later albums was We Sing the Old Songs (1957, Tops), a mix of older songs and recent standards with Curt Massey, who later became well-known for singing the theme song to the CBS-TV series Petticoat Junction. Tilton also appeared in films. Her singing voice was also used in many films dubbed over other actresses including Barbara Stanwyck, Martha O’Driscoll, and Anne Gwynne.


“…Although her most popular recording with Goodman was “And The Angels Sing” her first session with the bandleader produced a recording of “Bob White” (What ‘Cha Gonna Swing Tonight) that has a little more zip to it. However, her short vocal on a Goodman Quartet recording of “Bie Mir Bist Du Schoen” was her greatest Goodman jazz record. Although many jazz discographies do not list the session, the recording was waxed in December of 1937 in two parts, taking up 2 sides of a 78-RPM record. Trumpeter Ziggy Elman was added to the Quartet on side 2 along with Tilton’s vocal…”