Mel Torme



Melvin Howard Tormé (September 13, 1925 - June 5, 1999), nicknamed The Velvet Fog, was an American musician, best known as a singer of jazz standards. He was also a jazz composer and arranger, drummer, and actor in radio, film, and television, and the author of five books. He composed the music for the classic holiday song "The Christmas Song" ("Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire") and co-wrote the lyrics with Bob Wells. Early years: Melvin Howard Tormé was born in Chicago, Illinois, to immigrant Russian Jewish parents, whose surname had been Torma. A child prodigy, he first sang professionally at age 4 with the Coon-Sanders Orchestra, singing "You're Driving Me Crazy" at Chicago's Blackhawk restaurant. Between 1933-41, he acted in the network radio serials The Romance of Helen Trent and Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy. He wrote his first song at 13, and three years later, his first published song, "Lament to Love," became a hit recording for Harry James. He played drums in...

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  • An Evening With George Shearing & Mel Tormé, 2004
  • A Time for Us, 1969
  • I'm Yours, 1998
  • It's a Blue World, 1995
  • Mel Tormé Swings Shubert Alley, 1960
  • In the Lounge With...
  • My Night to Dream, 1997
  • The Best of the Concord Years, 1999
  • Highlights From the Mel Torme' Songbook
  • Ole Tormé: Mel Tormé Goes South of the Border With Billy May, 2003
  • Fujitsu-Concord Jazz Festival in Japan '90
  • Lulu's Back In Town
  • Christmas Songs, 1992
  • When I Found You, 1978
  • Tormé
  • Just Jazz: Mel Tormé With the Chris Gunning Orchestra, 2005
  • A Tribute to Bing Crosby, 1994
  • Blues in the Night, 2000
  • Top Drawer, 1983
  • A Vintage Year, 1987
  • Right Now!, 1997
  • Mel Tormé, Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass
  • Jazz 'round Midnight, 1994
  • The Legendary Mel Tormé, 1999
  • That's All, 1997
  • Mel Torme in Hollywood
  • London Sessions, 2003
  • Complete Concord Recordings, 2002
  • An Elegant Evening, 1985
  • Smooth as Velvet
  • Nothing Without You
  • Swingin' on the Moon, 1960
  • 'Round Midnight: A Retrospective 1956-1968, 1998
  • Mel Tormé at the Crescendo 1954&1957, 2008
  • Great Gentlemen of Song: Spotlight on Mel Tormé
  • 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Mel Tormé, 2005
  • The Great American Songbook: Live at Michael's Pub, 1993
  • Luck Be a Lady
  • The Very Best of Mel Tormé, 2003
  • The Legend of Mel Tormé
  • The Duke Ellington and Count Basie Songbooks, 2005
  • The Ultimate Mel Torme
  • Two Darn Hot: A Night at the Concord Pavilion / Live at the Fujitsu-Concord, 2002
  • At the Movies
  • The Concord Jazz Heritage Series
  • The Classic Concert Live, 2005
  • An Evening With Mel Torme, 1996
  • The Very Best of Mel Torme, 2007
  • Mel Tormé Sings About Love, 2007
  • Just Jazz: Together Again for the First Time, 2006
  • Try a Little Tenderness
  • Mel & George "Do" World War II, 1991
  • Mel Tormé's Finest Hour, 2001
  • The Best of Mel Tormé, 1999
  • Comin' Home Baby, 1997
  • The Mel Tormé Collection: 1944-1985, 1996
  • Two Classic Albums from Mel Tormé: At the Red Hill / Live at the Maisonette, 1998
  • Reunion, 1988
  • Prelude to a Kiss, 1996
  • A&E Biography: A Musical Anthology, 1998
  • My Kind of Music, 2000
  • Encore at Marty's New York, 1995
  • The 'Velvet Fog' Years
  • Velvet & Brass, 1995
  • Songs of New York
  • An Evening at Charlie's, 1983
  • In a Soulful Mood, 2005
  • Night at the Concord Pavilion, 1991
  • Mel Tormé
  • Compact Jazz: Mel Tormé, 1990

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Dec 31, 2011. 3:33pm
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I love Mel's voice, he is always together with every beat of the music all the time.

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