Melvin Howard Torme - Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery - Los Angeles, CA
N 34° 03.519 W 118° 26.444
11S E 367037 N 3769595
Quick Description: Born in Chicago, Illinois, Mel Torme (also known as The Velvet Fog) was a professional singer at age three.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 5/22/2010 8:54:58 PM
Waymark Code: WM8WQC
Mel Torme was a genuine musical prodigy. As a teenager, he played the drums in Chico Marx's band and earned the nickname "The Velvet Fog" because of his smooth, mellow high baritone voice.
In the 1940s he formed his own group, the Mel-Tones, one of the first jazz-influenced vocal groups.
As a solo musician, he had a number one hit in 1949 called "Careless Love, " and several lesser hits. He also acted in films and wrote several books, including biographies of Judy Garland and Buddy Rich.
He suffered a stroke on August 8, 1996.
Torme's career included some songwriting, too. One of his most well-known compositions, "The Christmas Song, " was written in midsummer as Torme relaxed by the pool.
The Cemetery is located at:
Pierce Brothers Westwood Village
1218 Glendon A
Date of birth: 9/13/1925
Date of death: 6/5/1999
Area of notoriety: Entertainment
Marker Type: Horizontal Marker
Visiting Hours/Restrictions: 9 - 6 Monday - Saturday and Closed Sunday
Fee required?: No
Web site: [Web Link]
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