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Martha Tilton

Martha Tilton (November 14, 1915 – December 8, 2006) was an American popular singer during America's swing era and traditional pop period. She is best known for her 1939 recording of "And the Angels Sing" with Benny Goodman.

Tilton was born in Corpus Christi, Texas. Her family moved to Edna, Kansas, when she was three months old. They relocated to Los Angeles when she was seven years old. While attending Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, she was singing on a small radio station when she was heard by an agent who signed her and began booking her with larger stations.

She then dropped out of school in the eleventh grade to join Hal Grayson's band. After singing with the quartet Three Hits and a Miss, she joined the Myer Alexander Chorus on Benny Goodman's radio show, Camel Caravan. Goodman hired Tilton as a vocalist with his band in August 1937. She was with Goodman in January 1938, when the band performed at Carnegie Hall. She continued to appear as Goodman's star vocalist until the end of 1939. She had a #1 hit with Benny Goodman's recording of "And the Angels Sing" in 1939.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 14th, 1915 (Corpus Christi), Died December 8th, 2006 (Brentwood)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1937 - 1955

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 105 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor PBS-09688 10-in. 9/6/1937 Bob White Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor PBS-09690 10-in. 9/6/1937 I can't give you anything but love, baby Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor PBS-09691 10-in. 9/6/1937 Minnie the Moocher's weddin' day Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-015535 10-in. 10/22/1937 Let that be a lesson to you Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-015536 10-in. 10/22/1937 Can't teach my old heart new tricks Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-015537 10-in. 10/22/1937 I've hitched my wagon to a star Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-015538 10-in. 10/22/1937 The pop corn man Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-015576 10-in. 10/29/1937 Silhouetted in the moonlight Benny Goodman Trio ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance trio, with female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-017039 10-in. 11/12/1937 You took the words right out of my mouth Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-017040 10-in. 11/12/1937 Mama, that moon is here again Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-017041 10-in. 11/12/1937 Loch Lomond Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-017043 10-in. 11/12/1937 True confession Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-017452 10-in. 12/2/1937 It's wonderful Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-017453 10-in. 12/2/1937 Thanks for the memory Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-017455 10-in. 12/3/1937 I'm like a fish out of water Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-017456 10-in. 12/3/1937 Sweet stranger Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-017754 10-in. 12/21/1937 Bei mir bist du schön Benny Goodman Quartet ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance quartet, with female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-017783 10-in. 12/29/1937 Bei mir bist du schön Benny Goodman Quartet ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance quartet, with female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-021127 10-in. 3/9/1938 Please be kind Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-021129 10-in. 3/9/1938 Ooooo-oh boom! Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet vocalist  
Victor BS-021130 10-in. 3/9/1938 Always and always Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-022414 10-in. 4/8/1938 It's the dreamer in me Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-022417 10-in. 4/8/1938 That feeling is gone Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-022418 10-in. 4/8/1938 Feelin' high and happy Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-022487 10-in. 4/22/1938 I let a song go out of my heart Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist  
(Results 1-25 of 105 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Tilton, Martha," accessed August 3, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102272.

Tilton, Martha. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 3, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102272.

"Tilton, Martha." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 3 August 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102272

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