August 11, 1914 - March 11, 2011
Working in theater and film, Birmingham native Hugh Martin penned some of our most memorable songs and worked with some of the brightest stars of stage and screen.
Martin received his musical training at the Birmingham Conservatory of Music. He joined with Ralph Blane to write songs such as "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and "The Trolley Song" from the score of the MGM film "Meet Me In St. Louis". "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" is among the Top 10 performed songs of all time according to the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers.
He did arrangements for the films "Girl Crazy", "Broadway Rhythm", "Presenting Lily Mars", and Broadway musicals such as "The Boys From Syracuse", "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes", and "Top Banana".
He did scores for the Broadway musicals "Look, Ma, I'm Dancin'", "Make A Wish", "High Spirits", and for the London production of "Love From Judy".
He worked with stars such as Judy Garland, Lucille Ball, June Allyson, Lena Horne, Ethel Merman, Carmen Miranda, Ed Wynn, Phil Silvers, Carol Channing, Eddie Fisher, Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller.
Martin was twice nominated for Academy Awards, and was inducted into the Song Writers Hall of Fame in 1983.