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Hugh Martin

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Born: August 11, 1914 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Birmingham, Alabama, USA Profession: Music ...
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1937:
Made Broadway debut in "Hooray for What!"; also worked on vocal arrangements
1938:
Hired by Richard Rodgers to create vocal arrangements for "The Boys From Syracuse"
1941:
With Ralph Blane, wrote score for the Broadway show "Best Foot Forward"
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Hired by MGM to work under Arthur Freed in the music unit
1943:
Film version of "Best Foot Forward" released
1944:
With Blane, wrote several songs for "Meet Me in St Louis"; earned Oscar nomination for "The Trolly Song"; first association with Judy Garland; also penned perennial "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
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Served in the US Army during WWII; worked in the Special Entertainment forces
1947:
Received second Academy Award nomination for Best Song for "Pass the Peace Pipe" from "Good News"; written with Blane and Roger Edens
1948:
Wrote score for "Look Ma, I'm Dancin'", conceived by Jerome Robbins and directed by George Abbott for Broadway
1951:
Served as pianist for Judy Garland during her performances at the Palace Theater in NYC
1954:
Walked off "A Star Is Born" because of a falling-out with Garland over the interpretation of "The Man That Got Away"; received no film credit
1960:
Suffered a nervous breakdown
1963:
Liza Minnelli made her stage debut in the off-Broadway revival of Martin and Blane's "Best Foot Forward"
1964:
With Timothy Gray, co-wrote "High Spirits", a musical based on Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit"; production starred Beatrice Lillie and was directed by Gower Champion (who replaced Coward); received Tony Award nomination
1981:
Traveled throughout the USA with a gospel camp
1989:
With Blane, wrote ten new songs for the stage version of "Meet Me in St Louis"; received second Tony nomination
1997:
Honored by current hometown of San Diego, CA with a "Hugh Martin Day"
1998:
Composed new songs (with Timothy Gray) for "I Will Come Back", an off-Broadway tribute to Judy Garland starring drag artiste Tommy Femia
1998:
Wrote music and lyrics for San Diego workshop production of "Maggie & Jiggs", based on the George McManus comic strip, "Bringing Up Father"

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