Bandleader. Based on the West Coast, primarily the San Francisco area. Led western swing bands. Career most active late 1930s-early 1950s. Recorded for RCA and Mercury.
1976 February 27
(1 hour, 55 minutes)
Bandleader Dude Martin talks about his career as leader of the western swing band Dude Martin & His Round-Up Gang, a popular West Coast act during the 1930s and 1940s. Discussion includes his childhood and family history; early musical influences; working as a radio performer; experiences working as a bandleader in the San Francisco Bay area; memories of band members; the band’s musical and performance style; their recordings with Sue Thompson; his move to southern California; his work in television; his songwriting; memories of the country music industry on the West Coast; and changes in the music industry.