As part of the summer season of Jazz here is part two of the Mel Torme story contributed by the wonderful jazz singer, musician and composer William Price King. William will be back in a few weeks with a new series.. Quincy Jones… enjoy.
Welcome to part two of the Mel Tormé story with William Price King. William has enjoyed a long and successful career as a Jazz composer, musician and singer and over the last thirty years he has delighted audiences with his performances of the classic Jazz standards sung by iconic artists of the last century such as Nat King Cole and Mel Tormé.
You can find a link at the bottom of the post to William’s directory and his previous series on the life and music of Nat King Cole, but this week it is time to look at the 1940s and the start of Mel Tormé’s long career in music, television and film.
Mel Tormé was born in 1925 in Chicago to hard working Russian Jewish immigrant parents whose surname was actually Torma.
The Blackhawk restaurant – image by http://www.diningchicago.com
His singing career took off at a very early age…
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