Melvin Howard Tormé (September 13, 1925 – June 5, 1999), nicknamed "The Velvet Fog", was an American musician, singer, composer, arranger, drummer, actor, and author. He composed the music for "The Christmas Song" ("Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire") and co-wrote the lyrics with Bob Wells.
Birth and Death Data: Born September 13, 1925 (Chicago), Died June 5, 1999 (Los Angeles)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1941 - 1954
Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, piano, composer, songwriter
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 44 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-065675||10-in.||6/3/1941||Lament to love||Ray Kellogg ; Sonny Dunham Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-066873||10-in.||7/18/1941||Lament to love||Lanny Ross||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BS-068703||10-in.||12/18/1941||Baby boogie||Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||D7VB-0432||10-in.||1/24/1947||Born to be blue||Charlie Spivak Orchestra ; Charlie Spivak||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||D7VB-0696||10-in.||3/27/1947||You gotta crawl before you walk||Dardanelle Trio||Female vocal solo, with guitar, bass, and piano||songwriter|
|Victor||D7VB-1337||10-in.||9/3/1947||The Christmas song (merry Christmas to you)||Earle Hagen Orchestra ; Tony Martin||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Decca||85292||10/1/1953||Just one more chance||Neal Hefti Orchestra ; Mel Torme||vocalist|
|Decca||85293||10/1/1953||The anything can happen mambo||Neal Hefti Orchestra ; Mel Torme||vocalist|
|Decca||85294||10/1/1953||Blue skies||Neal Hefti Orchestra ; Mel Torme||vocalist|
|Decca||85295||10/1/1953||oo-ya-ya||Neal Hefti Orchestra ; Mel Torme||vocalist|
|Decca||87592||12/15/1954||From this moment on September song||Mel Torme||vocalist|
|Decca||87593||12/15/1954||That old black magic||Mel Torme||vocalist|
|Decca||87594||12/15/1954||Get out of town-1,2 ; My shining hour-1||Mel Torme||vocalist, instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||87595||12/15/1954||Goody, goody-1||Mel Torme||vocalist, instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||87596||12/15/1954||Our love is here to stay-1||Mel Torme||vocalist, instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||87597||12/15/1954||Blue moon ; Have you met Miss Jones?||Mel Torme||vocalist|
|Decca||87598||12/15/1954||That old devil moon-1, 2||Mel Torme||vocalist, instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||87599||12/15/1954||Get happy||Mel Torme||vocalist|
|Decca||87600||12/15/1954||Mountain greenery||Mel Torme||vocalist|
|Decca||87601||12/15/1954||County fair-1||Mel Torme||vocalist, instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||87602||12/15/1954||The Christmas song-1 ; A stranger in town ; I wish I were in love again-1 ; Moonlight in Vermont||Mel Torme||vocalist, instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||87603||12/15/1954||Jeepers creepers||Mel Torme||vocalist|
|Decca||87604||12/15/1954||You're driving me crazy||Mel Torme||vocalist|
|Decca||87605||12/15/1954||Bernie's tune-1||Mel Torme||vocalist, instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||L 3636||10-in.||10/5/1944||A stranger in town||Mel Torme||vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Tormé, Mel," accessed December 7, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100014.
Tormé, Mel. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 7, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100014.
"Tormé, Mel." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 7 December 2022.
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