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“Tonight we love” by Freddy Martin

Freddy Martin was born just before The Great Depression and lived in an orphanage in Columbus, Ohio. From a young age, Martin worked hard to play several instruments, embracing his desire to be around music and following this passion by joining his first band. He started playing the drums and later switched to saxophone. In his young adult years he led his own band in Brooklyn. Just like today, listening to music and dancing made people temporarily escape their daily struggles. Martin became successful with his arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto which was reworked to become “Tonight We Love” in 1946, his biggest hit selling nearly one million copies of this 78.

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