Post by William L. Rupp on Dec 23, 2014 15:52:49 GMT -5
Though not as famous or successful in an economic sense as Crosby, Sinatra, Bennett, Mathis, or a number of other American singers, Mel Tormé nevertheless was one of the greatest voices in popular music during the 20th Century. I don't totally agree with everything the author of the piece linked below says, but the article is nevertheless a valuable portrait of the man who had so many talents.
If nothing else, this article will be instructive to anyone who asks the question, "Who is Mel Tormé?"
I suggest you find a copy of Mel's recordings with the Artie Shaw orchestra (Musicraft Records, 1946). Of special interest are those cuts with Mel's singing group, the MelTones. Probably the most advanced singing group of the 1940s.