Mel Torme

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Mel Torme

American musician, known for his jazz singingadd

Category: Music (655)

Born in 1925.

Countries: United States (78%), Illinois (8%), Japan (5%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Frank Sinatra, George Shearing, Buddy Rich

Linked to: Jazz Institute of Chicago, CBS, Capitol Records, Decca Records




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Mel Torme was born in 1925 add something


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. add something


Between 1933 and 1941, 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. add something


Torme befriended Buddy Rich, the day Rich left the Marine Corps in 1942. add something


In 1943, Torme made his movie debut in Frank Sinatra's first film, the musical Higher and Higher. add something


In 1944 he formed the vocal quintet "Mel Torme and His Mel-Tones," modeled on Frank Sinatra and The Pied Pipers. add something


In 1949, he moved to Capitol Records, where his first record, "Careless Hands," became his only number one hit. add something


Bill Pitman - During the latter part of the 1950s, Pitman sat in on sessions for established recording artists like Mel Tormé, Buddy_Rich, and Red Callender


From 1955 to 1957, Torme recorded seven jazz vocal albums for Red Clyde's Bethlehem Records, all with groups led by Marty Paich, most notably Mel Torme with the Marty Paich Dektette. add something


In 1960, he appeared with Don Dubbins in the episode "The Junket" in NBC's short-lived crime drama Dan Raven, starring Skip Homeier and set on the Sunset Strip of West Hollywood. add something


Bobby Cole (musician) - In early 1964, Bill Colleran, the executive producer for "The Judy Garland Show" fired Mel Tormé and Cole was appointed as the musical arranger for the show


In 1976, he won an Edison Award for best male singer, and a Down Beat award for best male jazz singer. add something


He published the novel Wynner in 1977. add something


Torme viewed his 1977 Carnegie Hall concert with George Shearing and Gerry Mulligan as a turning point. add something


George Spink, treasurer of the Jazz Institute of Chicago from 1978 to 1981, recalled that Torme played this drum set at the 1979 Chicago Jazz Festival with Benny Goodman on the classic "Sing, Sing, Sing. add something


George Shearing - In 1979, Shearing signed with Concord Records, and recorded for the label with Mel Torme.


Frank Wess - In the 1980s and 1990s, he worked with Kenny Barron, Rufus Reid, Buck Clayton, Benny Carter, Billy Taylor, Harry Edison, Mel Tormé, Ernestine_Anderson, Louie Bellson, John Pizzarelli, Howard Alden, Dick Hyman, Jane Jarvis, Frank Vignola and was a featured member of the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra


A reunion with Marty Paich, resulting in a live recording in Tokyo (In Concert Tokyo) and a studio album. add something


Torme made a guest vocal appearance on the 1983 album Born to Laugh at Tornadoes from the progressive pop band Was. add something


Rob McConnell - Mel Tormé said, of his first recording session with the Boss Brass in 1987, "Making this record was one of the two or three greatest musical experiences in my long and checkered career


Ralph Burns - In the 1990s, Burns arranged music for Mel Tormé, John_Pizzarelli and Michael Feinstein


In 1993, Verve Records released the classic "Blue Moon" album featuring the Velvet voice and the Rodgers and Hart Songbook. add something


The 1996 episode, entitled "Greatfellas," sees Torme playing an alternate version of himself: a country-and-western singer who is an FBI informant. add something


Mel Torme died in 1999 add something


In February 1999, Torme was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. add something


Another stroke on June 5, 1999 at age 73 ended his life add something


Rex Reed - In February 2000, Reed was arrested for shoplifting after leaving a Tower Records, in Manhattan, with CDs by Mel Tormé, Peggy_Lee, and Carmen McRae in his jacket pockets


Daniel Levitin - In 2006 mixed and co-produced tracks for Diane Nalini's "Songs of Sweet Fire" CD. He has performed on saxophone with Mel Tormé, Sting, and Bobby McFerrin, and on guitar with Rosanne Cash, Blue Öyster Cult, Rodney Crowell, Michael Brook, Gary Lucas, Victor Wooten, members of the Steve Miller Band, Norton Buffalo, Whitney Houston's band, and David Byrne