Ray Martin

Genres: Easy Listening
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Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 2000s

Biography

Raymond Stuart Martin, 11 October 1918, Vienna, Austria, d. February 1988, South Africa. A composer, arranger, musical director and author, after studying violin, composition and orchestration at the State Academy for Music and Fine Arts in Vienna, Martin moved to Britain in 1937. He joined the Carroll Levis Discoveries show as a solo violin act, touring the UK variety circuit, and was then chosen as the ‘New Voice’ in the popular BBC radio series Bandwaggon, which starred Arthur Askey and Richard Murdoch. After appearing in several editions of Sidney Torch’s Half Hour, he enlisted in the British Army in 1940 and worked in the Intelligence Corps, aided by his fluency in German, French and English. Later, he became musical director of the Variety Department for the British Forces Network in Hamburg, Germany. He started broadcasting his Melody From The Sky programme from there, with a German string orchestra culled from the Hamburg Philharmonic...

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