CLOSE-UP: M EL TORME

Reminisce - - Spotlight -

Melvin Howard Torme, the man with the vel­vet voice, sang pop, jazz and scat with clas­sic style and ease.

Born: Sept. 13, 1925, in Chicago, IL

Died: June 5, 1999, in Los An­ge­les, CA

En­tered show busi­ness at 4, singing with the Coon-San­ders Or­ches­tra

At 8, starred on ra­dio

At 17, played drums in Chico Marx’s band

Won Grammy Awards for best jazz vo­cal­ist (male) in 1982 and 1983

Also an ac­com­plished song­writer, pi­anist, ac­tor and au­thor

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