Hugh Martin, who collaborated with Ralph Blane composing the songs for the classic 1944 musical MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, has passed away at the age of 96.
Martin died today in Encinitas, California.
Martin and Blane were nominated for the Oscar for "The Trolley Song." Their compositions for MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS also included "The Boy Next Door" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," which has become one of the great Christmas standards.
Martin and Blane also wrote the songs for Broadway's BEST FOOT FORWARD, which became an MGM musical in 1943.
Martin and Blane teamed with Roger Edens on the rousing "Pass That Peace Pipe," which provided Joan McCracken with one of the highlights of MGM's GOOD NEWS (1947).
Last fall Martin published his autobiography, HUGH MARTIN: THE BOY NEXT DOOR.
Martin's official website has posted an obituary.
MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS is one of my top three all-time favorite films, which I've seen countless times. I owe a great debt to Hugh Martin for his role in creating such a very special movie and its unforgettable score.
March 12th Update: The Los Angeles Times has now posted a complete obituary.