Hundreds of media outlets across the nation carried the sad news of the death of velvet voiced singer, and SMC alum, Tony Martin. The 98-year-old crooner, who grew up in the Bay Area, died from natural causes on the evening of Friday, July 27, 2012. The many news accounts note that Martin attended Saint Mary’s in the early 1930s as part of the class of 1934. However, his love of music took him in a different direction.
Martin began his career as a saxophonist during the Big Band era. However, it was his romantic voice that catapulted him into the limelight as a recording artist, with such a contemporaries as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. He appeared in dozens of Hollywood musicals, had his own TV variety show and racked up 17 gold records. Martin was profiled in the 2009 Saint Mary's magazine article "Tony Martin, A Musical Life."
Almost 400 news outlets carried obituaries or reported on the loss of Martin, including the New York Times, Billboard, Variety and the Associated Press wire service.