Sunday, March 13, 2011

Songwriterobit: Hugh Martin

Hugh Martin, writer of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, has died.

Martin was born in Birmingham, Alabama; he wrote extensively for musicals and movies. If Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas was his commercial hit, his critical hit was this:

The Trolley Song, from Meet Me In St Louis, was nominated for best original song at the Oscars; he also got a nomination for Pass The Peace Pipe from Good News. That song has been recorded a fair few times, too; not often as fairly as this version:

Hugh Martin was 96; he died from natural causes at home in Encinitas, California.