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Martha Tilton Will Appear In Television Special Soon Copley News Service HOLLYWOOD - In the late ’30s and early ’40s, when she was Benny Goodman’s girl singer, fans called her “liltin’ Martha Tilton.’' And she’s still a liltin’ lady with a lilt to her walk, a lilt to her conversation and the lil- tin’est smile you ever saw. She came into the Padrino Room of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel the other day to talk about “The Queen of the Stardust Ballroom,” a two-hour music drama for CBS in which she’s appearing, but she also talked about Goodman, her family and, of course, her biggest hit of all, “And the Angels Sing.” “Ziggy Elman recorded it first,” she remembered. “He’d taken it from a Jewish wedding song and had recorded it as an instrumental. “Benny heard it and liked it and decided to record it as a vocal, so Johnny Mercer wrote lyrics. “I didn’t expect it to be a hit, because Johnny was literally writing the words as we went along. We recorded at Victor, and, after every take, he’d change a line But the song was a hit right away.” Benny had come to California to make a picture with Dick Powell and Frances Langford when he encountered Martha She was singing with a group called Three Hits and a Miss and was doing vocal back up work on Kay Kyser’s “Kollege of Musical Knowledge,” a radio show, when she was invited to audition for the jazz maestro. “I don’t think Benny really wanted a vocalist,” she says, “because he was only interested in instrumental music, but lie realized he had to have one “On Kay Kyser’s show, I worked with a chorus (Jo Stafford was in it, incidentally ), but I sang a four-bar solo, and that’s what attracted Benny’s manager’s attention. “He was the one who suggested the audition. “Anyway, I auditioned, and during about my third song. Benny walked out. I was heartbroken. “I went home crying and told my mother I d had my greatest opportunity and had failed. “But, in a little while, the manager called, asking. ‘Where did you go?’ “I told him that when Mr. Goodman walked out I d assumed he wasn’t interested in me. “That wasn’t the case.’ the manager said ‘He’d already heard enough and had told me to hire you. He left because he had another appointment.’ “I was told to be ready to leave with the band in four days, so I rushed out and bought a wardrobe of horrible, cheap clothes, including something called a ‘Jap mink’ coat. I was as green as grass. On the strength of her popu- Beaufy Pageant NBC-TV was the first net work to provide color coverage of the annual Miss America Pageant. On Sept. 7, NBC-TY will colorcast this prestigious event from Atlantic City. N.J.. for the ninth consecutive year. larity as a singer, Martha made two movies, “Crime. Incorporated” and “Swing Hostess,” neither of which did anything to further her career as an actress. “Queen of the Stardust Ballroom” brings Martha back to television for the first time since she was a regular on The Kurt Massey Show some years ago. In the drama, which stars Maureen Stapleton and Charles Burning, she plays a ballroom singer. It will be aired by CBS sometime during the 1974-75 television season. Married twice, Martha has three children, two sons by her first marriage and a 20-year-old daughter by her second. Her first husband was Goodman’s manager, and her second, formerly a test pilot for North American, works for Rockwell International. “My oldest son is with Capitol Records,” Martha said, “and my youngest works for the city “My sons are bachelors, but I wish they’d get married, be cause I want grandchildren. I adored my own grandmother. She taught me to swim. “After my first husband and I were divorced — and, incidentally, he was a very fine man — 1 didn’t marry again for eight years. But then I met my present husband, and Cathy was our little surprise. “She has the sweetest, prettiest voice, but she’s not at all interested in singing professionally. “As a matter of fact, all my children are musical, but not a one would like to sing with a band." tf IF VISION SPECIAL — liltin' Martha Tilton (confer), famous for her b^fhT"And the Angels Sing," will be seen soon on TV in a two- hour musk drama "The Queen of the Stardust Ballroom, playing the part of a ballroom singer. Appearing with her will be Maureen e « I a . _______ J niirninn

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  1. Daily Independent Journal,
  2. 14 Sep 1974, Sat,
  3. Page 57

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