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.
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Birth and Death Data: Born November 14, 1915 (Corpus Christi), Died December 8, 2006 (Brentwood)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1937 - 1955
Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist
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Recordings (Results 76-100 of 105 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||L 5913||11/3/1950||A little rag doll||Martha Tilton||vocalist|
|Decca||L 5918||11/9/1950||That's a man, everytime||Connie Haines ; Martha Tilton||vocalist|
|Decca||L 5919||11/9/1950||Nobody's chasing me||Connie Haines ; Martha Tilton||vocalist|
|Decca||L 5920||11/9/1950||Say it with your kisses||Connie Haines ; Martha Tilton||vocalist|
|Decca||L 5921||11/9/1950||Dear! Dear! Dear!||Connie Haines ; Martha Tilton||vocalist|
|Decca||L 6105||2/23/1951||I've got a right to know||Martha Tilton||vocalist|
|Decca||L 6106||2/23/1951||Long ago last night||Martha Tilton||vocalist|
|Decca||L 6107||2/23/1951||Let's waltz (Just once more)||Harry Babbitt ; Martha Tilton||vocalist|
|Decca||L 6108||2/23/1951||When the red roses grow||Harry Babbitt ; Martha Tilton||vocalist|
|Decca||L 6231||4/11/1951||Yes, yes, yes-1||Harry Babbitt ; Martha Tilton||vocalist|
|Decca||L 6232||4/11/1951||Music in my heart||Harry Babbitt ; Martha Tilton||vocalist|
|Decca||L 6233||4/11/1951||Powder blue||Harry Babbitt ; Martha Tilton||vocalist|
|Decca||L 6263||5/8/1951||Please don't cry||The Modernaires ; Martha Tilton||vocalist|
|Decca||L 6292||5/28/1951||Out of breath||The Modernaires ; Martha Tilton||vocalist|
|Decca||L 6314||6/19/1951||Sunshine kisses||Harry Babbitt ; Martha Tilton||vocalist|
|Decca||L 6322||6/20/1951||'Twas the night before Christmas: Part 1||Harry Babbitt ; Martha Tilton||vocalist|
|Decca||L 6323||6/20/1951||'Twas the night before Christmas: Part 2||Harry Babbitt ; Martha Tilton||vocalist|
|Decca||L 6373||7/27/1951||I wish I wuz||Martha Tilton||vocalist|
|Decca||L 6374||7/27/1951||Lilli Marlene||Martha Tilton||vocalist|
|Decca||L 6455||9/26/1951||Painting the clouds with sunshine||Martha Tilton||vocalist|
|Decca||L 6456||9/26/1951||Little boy||Martha Tilton||vocalist|
|Decca||L 6505||10/29/1951||Misirlou||Martha Tilton||vocalist|
|Decca||L 6506||10/29/1951||The happy bird||Martha Tilton||vocalist|
|Decca||L 6661||2/21/1952||Just for today||Curt Massey ; Martha Tilton||vocalist|
|Decca||L 6662||2/21/1952||The nightingale remembers-1||Curt Massey ; Martha Tilton||vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Tilton, Martha," accessed June 1, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102272.
Tilton, Martha. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 1, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102272.
"Tilton, Martha." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 1 June 2023.
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LCNAR: Tilton, Martha - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n78098253
Wikidata: Martha Tilton - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q276227
MusicBrainz: Martha Tilton - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/96ff3aa9-1b55-4fb2-8fd5-30f95bb3bc5a
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