And the Angel Sings

And the Angel Sings

by Martha Tilton
Born in Corpus Christi, TX and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Martha Tilton was a charming interpreter of popular song whose simple yet stylish delivery placed her in the same pulchritudinous pantheon as Mildred Bailey, Evelyn Wright, Jo Stafford, Dinah


Born in Corpus Christi, TX and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Martha Tilton was a charming interpreter of popular song whose simple yet stylish delivery placed her in the same pulchritudinous pantheon as Mildred Bailey, Evelyn Wright, Jo Stafford, Dinah Shore and Doris Day. Released about six months after she passed away in December 2006 at the age of 91, Living Era's And the Angel Sings pays respectful homage to Tilton by assembling 24 of her best performances recorded between September 1937 and August 1955. Opening with Ziggy Elman's "And the Angels Sing," a song she recorded at least four times with Benny Goodman, this pleasant retrospective trundles out a stack of hit records she cut for Victor with both Goodman and Artie Shaw; a swank offering involving the Gordon Jenkins Orchestra and brought out by Decca; and "Drum Boogie," a rowdy singalong film soundtrack featuring Gene Krupa. Tilton was among the first artists to sing for the Capitol record company; needless to say, both singer and label profited enormously from this collaboration, which lasted officially from 1942 to 1949. Her tenure with Capitol is represented here by a mesmerizing version of Harry Warren and Mack Gordon's "Serenade in Blue" with backing by an updated Paul Whiteman Orchestra; a gorgeous reading of "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?" with a string-laden ensemble led by Dean Elliott; and several numbers with accompaniments by the Paul Weston Orchestra, featuring saxophonist Eddie Miller and a Tilton duet with Capitol co-founder Johnny Mercer. Living Era includes a sparkling rendition of "Beyond the Blue Horizon" recorded for the Armed Forces V-Disc label in May 1945; a solemnly romantic take of "Lilli Marlene" with Lyn Murray's Orchestra & Chorus and a stunning "Misirlou" that scintillates with Les Paul-like electric guitar licks by Laurindo Almeida. It is entirely possible that this little taste of Tilton will cause some listeners to launch full tilt into search mode for more of her excellent work. Anyone suffering from this condition may turn to her complete Capitol recordings, reissued in 2000 by Collector's Choice Music; an album of Coral Treasures from the second half of the '50s compiled and released by Sepia in 2007 and a swell batch of Standard radio transcriptions made available to the public in 2000 by the Soundies label. For those who'd simply like to hear her at her best, this Living Era tribute to Martha Tilton will do the job all by itself.

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Related Subjects


  1. And the Angels Sing
  2. Bob White, Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?
  3. You Took the Words Right out of My Heart [from the Big Broadcast of 193
  4. Loch Lomond
  5. Bei Mir Bist Du Schön
  6. I Let a Song Go out of My Heart
  7. What Goes on Here in My Heart?
  8. I've Got a Date with a Dream
  9. This Can't Be Love
  10. Now We Know
  11. Easy Street
  12. Drum Boogie
  13. Serenade in Blue
  14. I'll Walk Alone
  15. A Stranger in Town
  16. I Should Care
  17. Beyond the Blue Horizon
  18. A Fine Romance
  19. How Are Things in Glocca Morra?
  20. I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder
  21. Blow, Gabriel, Blow
  22. Lilli Marlene
  23. Misirlou
  24. You Turned the Tables on Me

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Martha Tilton   Primary Artist,Vocals
Laurindo Almeida   Guitar
Buck Clayton   Trumpet
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Bud Freeman   Tenor Saxophone
Stan Getz   Tenor Saxophone
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Urbie Green   Trombone
Lionel Hampton   Vibes
Harry James   Trumpet
Gene Krupa   Drums
Artie Shaw   Clarinet
Teddy Wilson   Piano
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Ziggy Elman   Trumpet
Vido Musso   Tenor Saxophone
Babe Russin   Tenor Saxophone
George Wettling   Drums
Dean Elliott   Spoken Word
Bobby Sherwood   Guitar
Buddy Weed   Piano
Alvy West   Saxophone
Skitch Henderson   Piano
Dave Matthews   Alto Saxophone
George Duvivier   Bass,Double Bass
Red Ballard   Trombone
Cy Bernard   Cello
Noni Bernardi   Alto Saxophone
Remo Biondi   Guitar
Harry Bluestone   Violin
Vernon Brown   Trombone
Nick Caiazza   Tenor Saxophone
John Cave   French Horn
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
Harry Geller   Trumpet
Harry Goodman   Bass,Double Bass
Irving Goodman   Trumpet
Chris Griffin   Trumpet
Benny Heller   Guitar
Jerry Jerome   Tenor Saxophone
Bob Kitsis   Piano
Manny Klein   Trumpet
George Koenig   Alto Saxophone
Harry Lawson   Tenor Saxophone
Murray McEachern   Trombone
Eddie Miller   Tenor Saxophone
Sam Musiker   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Priddy   Trombone
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Blake Reynolds   Alto Saxophone
Arthur Rollini   Tenor Saxophone
Mischa Russell   Violin
Hymie Schertzer   Alto Saxophone
Buddy Schutz   Drums
Jack Stacey   Tenor Saxophone
Jess Stacy   Piano
David Sterkin   Viola
George Thow   Trumpet
Dave Tough   Drums
Hy White   Guitar
Graham Young   Trumpet
Clint Neagley   Alto Saxophone
Billy Rowland   Piano
Walter Bates   Tenor Saxophone
Sam Freed   Viola
John Grassi   Trombone
Torg Halten   Trumpet
Jay Kelliher   Trombone
Norman Murphy   Trumpet
Mike Pingatore   Guitar
Babe Wagner   Trombone
Monty Kelly   Trumpet
Skip Layton   Trombone
Bob Morrow   Violin
Musky Ruffo   Alto Saxophone
Lyle Bowen   Alto Saxophone
Tommy Mace   Saxophone
Arthur Shapiro   Bass
Buddy Bastien   Bass
Sid Brokaw   Violin
Jud de Naut   Bass
Felix Giobbe   Bass,Double Bass
Spencer Prinz   Drums
Jerry Joyce   Violin
Bill Brower   Violin
King Guion   Saxophone
Don Waddilove   Trumpet
John McClanian Best   Trumpet
Larry Neil   Trumpet
Joe Dixon   Clarinet
Leonard "Lenny" Hartman   Saxophone
Ben Kantor   Alto Saxophone
Lou Paino   Drums
David Matthews   Alto Saxophone
Biddy Bastien   Double Bass
Sid Brokaw   Violin
Spencer Prinz   Drums
Jud DeNaut   Double Bass
Joe Dixon   Clarinet
Lenny Hartman   Saxophone
Blake Reynolds   Alto Saxophone
Bob Morrow   Violin
Art Shapiro   Double Bass
Danny D'Andrea   Saxophone
Harold Lawson   Tenor Saxophone
Larry Neil   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Roy Eldridge   Composer
Gene Krupa   Composer
Claude Thornhill   Arranger
Mel Tormé   Composer
Ziggy Elman   Adaptation
Irving Mills   Composer
Sy Oliver   Arranger
Edgar Sampson   Arranger
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Saul Chaplin   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Digby Fairweather   Liner Notes
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Burton Lane   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer,Duet
Cole Porter   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Nicholas Roubanis   Composer
Axel Stordahl   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Composer
Fred Wise   Composer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
Elton Hill   Arranger
Norbert Schultze   Composer
Gil Grau   Arranger
Mark Ranshaw   Cover Art
Willard Robison   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Henry Nemo   Composer
Harry Revel   Composer
Louis Alter   Composer
Milton Leeds   Composer
S.K. Russell   Composer
Ray Mayer   Composer
Sholom Secunda   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Alan Rankin Jones   Composer
Daryl Hutchinson   Composer

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