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Mar 15, 2011 — Songwriter Hugh Martin, who co-wrote the classic song "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" for Judy Garland's 1944 movie, Meet Me in St. Louis died on Friday. He was 96. Fresh Air remembers Martin with highlights from a 1989 interview.
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Dec 1, 2010 — Even in a year notable for economic bust and an e-reader boom, big art books, lush photo retrospectives and other gems both quirky and collectible continue to roam the earth. Here are gift-book suggestions for every taste and budget.
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Nov 19, 2010 — Songwriter Hugh Martin co-wrote the Christmas tune that Judy Garland made famous in the 1944 classic Meet Me in St. Louis. Martin, who recently released a memoir, explains how he came up with his famous lyrics.
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Oct 28, 2010 — The musical-theater titan tells the stories behind some of his most famous work, from West Side Story to Gypsy. And he offers some surprising criticisms of other theater greats, including his mentor Oscar Hammerstein.
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Dec 20, 2008 — From Show Boat to The King and I, he and his partners wrote shows as substantive as they were entertaining. Hammerstein's lyrics — now collected in a single book — are a big part of why.
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Oct 22, 2004 — The three-DVD box set of the PBS extravaganza Broadway: The American Musical is both an intriguing social history and delectable smorgasbord of performance snippets, anecdotes and scholarly wisdom for lovers of musical theater. Read a review by NPR's Bob Mondello.
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