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Mel Tormé - Veteran singer who earned the nickname "The Velvet Fog." because of his smooth high baritone voice. He's also been called "The Kid With the Gauze In His Jaws" and "Mr. Butterscotch."

 Mel Tormé Album - Jazz and Velvet

Born September 13, 1925, Chicago, Illinois, Melvin Howard Tormé was a musical prodigy. Early in his career he played drums with the Chico Marx band

Mel's  smooth vocal delivery was heard on many television programs in TVs golden days including: PAUL WHITEMAN'S GOODYEAR REVUE/ABC/1949-52 (Guest); TV'S TOP TUNES/CBS/1951-55 (Regular); SUMMERTIME U.S.A./CBS/1953 (Regular); THE NAT "KING" COLE SHOW/NBC/1956-57 (Guest); and THE JUDY GARLAND SHOW/CBS/1963-64 (Musical Advisor). In 1971 he hosted a nostalgic documentary series IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR/ABC/1971 with news, fashion and songs from the years 1919-1964.

Mel Tormé was also a recurring character (and running gag) on the sitcom NIGHT COURT/NBC/1984-91 that featured a New York night court judge named Harry T. Stone (Harry Anderson) who idolized Mel's crooning style.

On June 5, 1999, Melvin Tormé died from a stroke in Los Angeles, California.  He had previously suffered from a stroke in August 8, 1996.


 

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