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- Posted on Mar 13th 2011 5:30PM by Tina Benitez-Eves
In a career spanning 70 years, Martin was best known for penning Broadway scores and film musicals that birthed classics like 'Merry Christmas' and 'The Trolley Song.' The Broadway composer, along with songwriting partner Ralph Blane (who passed away in 1995), wrote the score for the 1944 film 'Meet Me in St. Louis," which featured a young Judy Garland singing what would become a Christmas standard, as well as 'The Trolley Song' and 'The Boy Next Door.'
Born in Birmingham, Ala. on August 11, 1914, Martin started writing for Broadway in 1941 with 'Best Foot Forward' and later with 'Make a Wish,' 'High Spirits' and 'Hoorray for What!" In 1944, Martin was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for 'The Trolley Song' and again in 1947 for his song 'Pass the Peace Pipe' from the film 'Good News.'
Throughout his career, the composer also produced music for the films 'Athena,' 'The Girl Most Likely,' both starring Jane Powell and the film version of his Broadway hit 'Best Foot Forward,' starring the comic legend Lucille Ball.
Most recently, Martin's life and Hollywood exploits were revealed in a 2010 autobiography, 'Hugh Martin: The Boy Next Door.' He is survived by his brother Gordon Martin, nieces Hanners and Lua Martin Wells and nephews Gordon Martin Jr. and Hugh Martin III.
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