Known as the "Velvet Fog", Torme shares his public triumphs and personal tragedies of his remarkable life. Now, this legendary performer looks back over his extraordinary life and provides "an insider's look at the jazz life and the movie business".--L.A. Herald Examiner.
Paperback, 16 pages
January 1st 1990
(first published October 10th 1988)
Excellent memoir from one of the finest-ever jazzy pop singers. Perhaps a little heavy on the dewy upside of showbusiness, maybe Mel's just an optimist. And the writing (which I believe involved little if any ghostly intervention).... It's just not fair that one man can sing brilliantly, play drums professionally, write hit songs, screw Ava Gardner and write absorbing prose!
Melvin Howard Tormé, nicknamed The Velvet Fog, was an American musician, known for his jazz singing. He was also a jazz composer and arranger, a drummer, an actor in radio, film, and television, and the author of five books. He co-wrote the classic holiday song "The Christmas Song" (also known as "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire") with Bob Wells.