Knowledge Identifier: +Mel_Torme
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.
Torme befriended Buddy Rich, the day Rich left the Marine Corps in 1942.
In 1943, Torme made his movie debut in Frank Sinatra's first film, the musical Higher and Higher.
In 1944 he formed the vocal quintet "Mel Torme and His Mel-Tones," modeled on Frank Sinatra and The Pied Pipers.
In 1949, he moved to Capitol Records, where his first record, "Careless Hands," became his only number one hit.
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.
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
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
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