Tilton-early bio info
By OWEN CALLIN I time she was graduated from Fair- HOLLYWOO&-(1NS>— Let's talk f ax High School, her voice attracted so much attentidh that she was about Capitol recording artist Martha Tilton, who, if she were one-half an inch taller, would be a perfect example of what some songwriter songwriter had in mind when he concocted concocted the phrase: "Five-Foot Two, Eyes-of-Blue." Martha, born in Corpus Christi, was a Texan for all of three mouths before her parents moved to Edna, Kansas. It was there, at the age of four, that she stood up in front of an audience for the first time in her life to sing a song. It was only a nursery rhyme, sung for her mother's friends who had dropped in for tea. but Martha remembers it more vividly today than many of the professional appearances she has, made since then. It was then she'learned that she loved to sing, not only for herself, but for others. When she was seven years old she moved to Los Angeles, where, by the 1721 19th Street Phone 7-7118 Doors Open at 12 Noon Daily H II D D V I ONIYAFIW W K K I • MORE DAYS! Now at No Advance in Prices! OSE FERRER booked at the Ambassador's Cocoanut Cocoanut Grove for her professional debut. Two months later she joined Hal Grayson's band as featured vocalist and toured the Pacific coast for the following two years Martha then joined the Benny Goodman band . as the prigina 'Miss" in his "Three Hits and a Miss" singing group. Homesickness, caught up with her however after two and a half years on the roac with Goodman, and she returned to Los Angeles to air her own radio show "Liltin 1 Martha Tilton Time.' Her radio show proved the springboard springboard for many featured singing spots on network programs, among them "Jack Carson," "Jimmy Du rante," and Martha's "Dick Haymes." recordings of "Loch Lomond" and "And the Angels Sing" both topped the million mark in sales and established her as a recording artist favorite. During the war, she toured the ervice camps both at home and broud with the Jack Benny troupe, n June, 1949, Curt Jlnssey invited ter to share the singing honors on 'Curt Massey Time," which was hen beginning a summer show. Vith Country TVasbburne and his land. Curt and Martha worked so imoothly together that the program >ecanie one of the most popular 15- minute network musicals in radio. :t has never been off its air schedule schedule of five days per week since ts first performance.