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Album Review

Here's "Liltin' Martha" Tilton's solo transcription sides, cut for radio between 1941 and 1948. Martha was always a class act, and she's in fine form here, singing her heart out on a bunch of tunes from the BMI catalog. Some songs became hits ("Walkin' by the River," "My Sister and I," and "Easy Street"), while others were just mere radio fodder. What's amazing — but not surprising — is how much life Tilton injects into all of them, making for 25 tracks of solid listening. A real hidden treasure.


Born: 14 November 1915 in Corpus Christi, TX

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s

Big-band songbird "Liltin'" Martha Tilton enjoyed her greatest renown during her two-year stint with the Benny Goodman Orchestra. Featured on Goodman's smash rendition of the swing-era classic "And the Angels Sing," she was also the first non-classical vocalist to perform at Carnegie Hall. Born November 14, 1915, in Corpus Christi, TX, Tilton spent the majority of her adolescence in Los Angeles, where as a high school student she began moonlighting with bandleader Sid Lippman on the radio show Coconut...
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