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Mel Tormé

Singer
Male
Born Sep 13, 1925
Hometown Chicago, Illinois
Died Jun 5, 1999
Death Place Old Los Angeles

Melvin Howard Tormé, nicknamed The Velvet Fog, was an American musician, known for his jazz singing. He was also a jazz composer and arranger, a drummer, an actor in radio, film, and television, and the author of five books. He composed the music for the classic holiday song "The Christmas Song" and co-wrote the lyrics with Bob Wells.… Read More

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Timeline

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CHILDHOOD

1925 Birth Born on September 13, 1925.
1933 7 Years Old Between 1933-41, he acted in the network radio serials The Romance of Helen Trent and Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy. … Read More

TEENAGE

1944 18 Years Old 1 More Event
His formal education ended in 1944 with his graduation from Chicago's Hyde Park High School. … Read More

TWENTIES

1947 21 Years Old Later in 1947, Tormé went solo. … Read More
1949 23 Years Old In 1949, he moved to Capitol Records, where his first record, "Careless Hands," became his only number one hit. … Read More
1955 29 Years Old From 1955 to 1957, Tormé recorded seven jazz vocal albums for Red Clyde's Bethlehem Records, all with groups led by Marty Paich, most notably Mel Tormé with the Marty Paich Dektette. … Read More

THIRTIES

1956 30 Years Old He had two minor hits, his 1956 recording of "Mountain Greenery," which did better in the United Kingdom where it reached No. 4 in May that year; and his 1962 R&B song "Comin' Home, Baby" arranged by Claus Ogerman, which made No.13 in the UK early in 1963. … Read More
1960 34 Years Old 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. … Read More
1963 37 Years Old In 1963–64, Tormé wrote songs and musical arrangements for The Judy Garland Show, where he made three guest appearances. … Read More

FIFTIES

1976 50 Years Old …  In 1976, he won an Edison Award (the Dutch equivalent of the Grammy) for best male singer, and a Down Beat award for best male jazz singer. … Read More
1982 56 Years Old 1 More Event
Tormé viewed his 1982 Carnegie Hall concert with George Shearing and Gerry Mulligan as a turning point. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1996 70 Years Old 1 More Event
…  The 1996 episode, entitled "Greatfellas," saw Tormé playing a version of himself from a parallel universe: a country-and-western singer who is also an FBI informant. … Read More
In February 1999, Tormé was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
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