Alvin Morris, 25 December 1912, Oakland, California, USA. A popular singer and film actor from the 30s until the late 50s, with a powerful tenor voice and an easy, romantic style. As a teenager, Martin learnt to play the saxophone and formed his own band, the Clarion Four. For some years he worked at the Palace Hotel, in the San Francisco area, playing and singing with the bands of Anson Weeks, Tom Coakley, and Tom Guran - whose outfit included Woody Herman. Morris drove across country with Herman and other members of the band to the 1933 Chicago World Fair, and afterwards performed at the citys Chez Paree Club. In 1934 he changed his name to Tony Martin, and tried unsuccessfully to break into films. Two years later he landed a bit part in the Fred Astaire - Ginger Rogers hit movie Follow The Fleet, along with two other young hopefuls, Lucille Ball and Betty Grable. Later, in 1936, he signed for 20th Century-Fox, and sang When Im With...
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