Saturday, November 14, 2015
The angels sing a happy birthday to swing era crooner Martha Tilton. Originally destined to be the pride of Corpus Christi, Texas, Tilton was instead moved with her family to Los Angeles at the tender age of 7. Taking full advantage of living in an entertainment mecca, Martha turned pro as a singer during the 11th grade and dropped out of school. We now know her for huge hits such as "Moon Dreams," "I Should Care," and "And The Angels Sing."
While Alka-Seltzer Time might sound like a dubious name for a radio program, listeners were less than nauseated about tuning in to hear Martha Tilton, starring alongside Curt Massey. After the show's 1953 cancellation, the duo appeared on such programs as Guest For Defense and Guest Star.
Thanks for musical memories, Martha.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
March 12: Happy Birthday, Gordon MacRae
Broadway fixture Gordon MacRae made a name for himself with appearances in Oklahoma! and Carousel.
Just before he'd attained that level of stardom, though, he hosted several installments of radio's Texaco Star Theatre in 1948. Episode titles during his reign include "When The Red Red Robin Comes Bob-Bob-Bobbin' Along," "June Is Busting Out All Over," and "Top hat, White Tie and Tails."
He also hosted the very popular The Railroad Hour in which he and his fellow cast members performed abridged versions of Broadway productions.
Do you remember his guest appearances on: The Big Show, Guest Star Radio, Martin & Lewis, The Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, and The Railroad Hour show? Take a listen!