Mel Torme: A Chronicle of His Recordings, Books and Films

Mel Torme: A Chronicle of His Recordings, Books and Films

by George Hulme

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Overview

Known for a voice as mellow as his moniker, "The Velvet Fog," Mel Torme was an accomplished vocalist, pianist, drummer, songwriter, arranger and author. Leaving a recording legacy of jazz and popular music, his death in June 1999 ended an entertainment career spanning over sixty years.
This comprehensive discography is intended not only for the Torme enthusiast, but the casual fan as well, who may only know Torme for his Night Court television appearances or as vocalist and co-writer of "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)," which was first recorded by Nat "King" Cole. Included are a selective chronology providing the highlights of Torme's career as an entertainer; notes on record issues, recording dates, session numbers, takes, musicians and arrangers; lists of all musical releases by label and category; "hits" and awards; and indexes of song titles and musicians. Films, short subjects, stage appearances, and television work (recorded on video) in which he acted, performed musically, or served as a contributor are noted, as are books that Torme wrote, or to which he contributed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786437436
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 05/09/2008
Pages: 197
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Retired information specialist George Hulme has contributed to such publications as Jazz Journal, Just Jazz, and Red Bank Special. He lives in Old Basing, Hants, England.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Preface 1



PART 1: INTRODUCTION

Melvin Howard Tormé: The Man 3

An Appraisal 4

A Selective Chronology 6

Notes 11



PART 2: RECORDING SESSIONS

1942–1946 Jewel and Decca 13

1946–1947 Musicraft 15

1948–1952 Capitol 26

1953–1954 Coral 35

1955–1957 Bethlehem, Decca, Philips and Tops 37

1958–1961 Verve 44

1962–1967 Atlantic and Columbia 51

1968–1982 Liberty, Capitol, London, Atlantic, Century, Gryphon,

Finesse and Flair 62

1982-1996 Concord Jazz and Telarc 66



PART 3: RECORD ISSUES

Singles 78 and 45 rpm 77

EPs and MPs 86

LPs (albums) 88

Tapes 121

CDs 124



PART 4: FILMS AND VIDEOS

Drama and Documentary 157

Musical Stage Performances 159

Television Shows 159

Songs in Films 159

The Judy Garland Show 160

The Mel-Tones Soundies 163



PART 5: BOOKS

Tormé as Author 165

Tormé as Contributor 165

Tormé as Subject 165



PART 6: MISCELLANY

The Hit Parade 167

Desert Island Discs 167

Nominations and Awards 168



Appendix 1: Alternative Takes 169

Appendix 2: A Discographical Problem 171

Indexes:

Songs Recorded by Mel Tormé 173

Musicians 183

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