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It Wasn't All Velvet: An Autobiography

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  4 reviews
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
Published January 1st 1990 by Zebra (first published October 10th 1988)
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John Marr
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!
Joe Spoto
I saw this book while on a field trip to the library with my son's scout group. I have always liked Mel Torme so I picked it up. It was well written and gave an insight to his lie and career.
Nov 01, 2014 Jim rated it 3 of 5 stars
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typical hollywood autobiography. torme had lots of adventures, met lots of people slept w/some of them and had an interesting life. not my kind of book.
Detailed, honest, funny, touching, poignant autobiography of the classy and multi-talented Mel Torme. Quite a life. A good read, even if you are not familiar with his work.
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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.
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