Place of Death
Los Angeles, California
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The Christmas Song
Show Tunes, Jazz, Swing, Stage & Screen, Traditional Pop, Vocal Jazz, Bop
Earnest, Cheerful, Confident, Refined/Mannered, Soothing, Stylish, Exuberant, Springlike, Rousing, Playful, Sentimental, Sophisticated, Intimate, Poignant, Reflective, Gentle, Sweet, Bittersweet, Romantic, Carefree, Laid-Back/Mellow
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A professional singer at the age of three, Mel Torme was a genuine musical prodigy. As a teenager, he played the drums in Chico Marx`s band and earned the nickname "The Velvet Fog" because of his smooth, mellow high baritone voice. In the 1940s he formed his own group, the Mel-Tones, one of the first jazz-influenced vocal groups. As a solo musician, he had a number one hit in 1949 called "Careless Love, " and several lesser hits. He also acted in films and wrote several books, including biographies of Judy Garland and Buddy Rich. Torme`s career included some songwriting, too. One of his most well-known compositions, "The Christmas Song, " was written in midsummer as Torme relaxed by the pool.
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Melvin Howard Tormé
Buddy Rich, Anita O'Day
Soundtrack, Actor/Actress, Music Department
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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.
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(1999) TV commercial: Mountain Dew soda., (1979) TV commercial: Charlie Perfume with Shelley Hack
Jazz singer, actor
Vocals, drums, Bugle, Piano
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