Martin, Freddy, 1906-1983

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Band leader, saxophonist during Swing Era and after. Known for his beautiful tone. Raised in Ohio orphanage. Learned instruments in orphanage band. Encouraged by Guy Lombardo, formed own group (1932) and began to play dance clubs in New York and Chicago. He appeared on several radio programs during the 1930s and became identified with dance arrangements of popular classics, the most famous of which was probably his theme song, "Tonight we love," derived from the opening melody of Chaikovskii's "First Piano Concerto" (1941). Martin came west in 1941, first establishing himself at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco and later at the Cocoanut Grove of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, where he remained for more than twenty-five years. In later years, Martin helped foster a nostalgia craze for the "Big Band Sound." He toured the nation with his group playing arrangements made famous by the many bands of the Swing Era (1965-1980). This collection consists largely of the arrangements Martin's various bands played over the nearly fifty years of his career as a band leader.

From the description of Freddy Martin Collection, 1934-1983. (University of the Pacific). WorldCat record id: 36847353

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Martin (Freddy) Collection, Pt. 3, c1930-1980 University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
referencedIn Martin (Freddy) Collection, Pt. 2, c1930-1980 University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
referencedIn Eugene Earle Collection, 1939-1980s University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Folklife Collection.
referencedIn Martin (Freddy) Collection, Pt. 1, c1930-1980 University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
referencedIn Irving Berlin collection of non-commercial sound recordings [sound recording] The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf Rubinstein, Anton, 1829-1894. O God of God : from Kamennoi ostrow / Rubinstein ; arr. Freddie Martin. University of North Texas Library, UNT
creatorOf Martin, Freddy, 1906-1983. Freddy Martin Collection, 1934-1983. University of the Pacific, William Knox Holt Memorial Library
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associatedWith Ambassador Hotel (Los Angeles, Calif.) corporateBody
associatedWith Arnold, Murray. person
associatedWith Austin, Ray. person
associatedWith Ballard, Robert. person
associatedWith Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989 person
associatedWith Earle, Eugene. person
associatedWith Feldkamp, Elmer. person
associatedWith Fred Martin Jr. person
associatedWith Fred Martin Jr. person
associatedWith Fred Martin Jr. person
associatedWith Griffin, Merv. person
associatedWith Lampe, Dell. person
associatedWith Lombardo, Guy person
associatedWith Presley, Elvis, 1935-1977 person
associatedWith Rubinstein, Anton, 1829-1894. person
associatedWith Shand, Terry. person
associatedWith Sheasby, Eddie. person
associatedWith Wilson, Stanley, 1915-1970. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Newport Beach CA US
Cleveland OH US
Subject
Band musicians
Big bands
Big band music
Jazz
Occupation
Bandleaders
Saxophonists
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Person

Birth 1906-12-09

Death 1983-10-01

Male

Americans

English

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