Martin was never an A-list star, but rare is the man who has had his good fortune. Some of his most memorable hit recordings were the result of bigger stars turning down material. That's how he came to record "There's No Tomorrow" (based on "Ole Sole A Mio") when Perry Como declined to record it, and "Begin the Beguine" when Bing Crosby declined to take it, saying, "Let the kid do it." His good fortune didn't end there. In 1948, the singer married the beautiful Cyd Charisse, to whom he is still married -- and who attends every one of his shows at Feinstein's.
Other than seeing Charisse, there are plenty of good reasons to go to Feinstein's to see Martin perform. You will hear great songs like "You Stepped Out of a Dream," "The Very Thought of You," and "I Don't Know Why" -- and there is something deeply touching about a nonagenarian singing "How Do You Keep the Music Playing." And make no mistake, there is something special about being in a room with a man who rubbed elbows with people like Fred Astaire, and even shipped out to war in the early 1940s with a young Henry Mancini. But if you're looking for great singing, be aware; his is not like Barbara Cook's voice, which is little diminished by time. Simply put, Tony Martin's show is best experienced as a night about nostalgia.
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