Mel Torme was born on 13th September 1925 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was an American musician. He died of stroke on 5th June 1999 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He was also a Jazz composer arranger, a drummer, an actor in radio, film, and television, and the author of five books.
Biography and Career:
Mel Torme was born in Chicago Illinois. His parents were Russian Jewish immigrants. Their parent's surname was Torma. The surname was changed at Ellis Island to 'Torme'.
He was genius singer as a child and he first sang professionally with the Coon-Sanders Orchestra, singing 'You're Driving Me Crazy' at the age of four years at Chicago's Blackhawk restaurant. In his teens, he started palying drums in Chico Marx's band. Because of his smooth, mellow high bariton
e voice, he was nicknamed 'The Velvet Fog'.
In 1940, Torme formed his own group with the jazz-influenced vocal groups called 'Mel-Tones'. In 1943, his first movie in Frank Sinatra's first film was the musical 'Higher and Higher'. Later, he was an active singer and actor in many films and TV episodes throughout his career.
In 1951-1952, he hosted his own television show. In 1949, he had a number one hit as a solo musician for 'Careless Love'. He also started writing songs. His one of the best composition was 'The Christmas Song'.
From 1982 onwards, Torme recorded several albums with Concord Records. Few of them include five albums with pianist George Shearing, big band work with Rob McConnell and many more.
He married Candy Toxton on 11th February 1949 and divorced in November 1955. This couple had 2 children. Later, he married Arlene Miles on 31st October 1956 and divorced in 1965 and they had one child. On 20th May 1966, he married Janette Scott and divorced in 1977. They had two children. The last marriage was with Ali Severson on 30th October 1984 and she was there till his death.
Birth Name: Melvin Howard Torme
Nick name: The Velvet Fog
Why do we like Mel Torme?
We like Mel Torme because he was a famous American singer and an actor.
Why is Mel Torme famous?
Mel Torme was famous for his jazz singing. He was also famous for co-writing the classic holiday song 'The Christmas Song' (also known as 'Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire') with Bob Wells.
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