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Mel Tormé (1925–1999)


A professional singer at the age of three, 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 ... See full bio »

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 2013 Mike & Mike (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode dated 20 December 2013 (2013) ... (writer: "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)")
- Episode dated 19 December 2013 (2013) ... (writer: "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" - uncredited)
 2013 The Best Man Holiday (writer: "The Christmas Song")
 2013 Bridegroom (Documentary) (writer: "The Christmas Song")
 2013 Gangster Squad (performer: "Bless You (For the Good that's In You)") / (writer: "Bless You (For the Good that's In You)")
 2012 The Richest Songs in the World (Documentary) (writer: "The Christmas Song")
 2012 Call the Midwife (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Christmas Special (2012) ... (writer: "The Christmas Song" - uncredited)
 2012 Christmas Around Atlanta (TV Movie documentary short) (music: "The Christmas Song" (fragment) - uncredited)
 2012 Steppin' Out with Katherine Jenkins (TV Movie) (writer: "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)")
 2012/I The Possession (performer: "You're a Heavenly Thing")
 2012 What to Expect When You're Expecting (performer: "Comin' Home Baby")
 2011 Britain's Favourite Christmas Songs (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "The Christmas Song")
 2011 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Episode #20.62 (2011) ... (writer: "The Christmas Song")
- Episode #20.61 (2011) ... (writer: "The Christmas Song" - uncredited)
- Episode #20.52 (2011) ... (writer: "The Christmas Song" - uncredited)
 2011 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (performer: "The Christmas Waltz")
 2011 Formula 1: BBC Sport (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The German Grand Prix: Qualifying (2011) ... (performer: "Comin' Home Baby" - uncredited)
 2011 Born to Be Wild (Documentary short) (performer: "Comin' Home Baby")
 2010 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.194 (2010) ... (writer: "The Christmas Song")
 2010 Saturday Night Live (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Paul Rudd/Paul McCartney (2010) ... (writer: "The Christmas Song" - uncredited)
 2010 Secret Diary of a Call Girl (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #3.7 (2010) ... (performer: "Comin' Home Baby")
 2010 Jack Goes Boating (performer: "Hello, Young Lovers")
 2009 The National Christmas Tree Lighting (TV Special) (writer: "The Christmas Song")
 2009 Prep & Landing (TV Short) (writer: "The Christmas Song" - as Mel Torme)
 2009 The Lovely Bones (writer: "The Christmas Song" (1945) - as Mel Torme)
 2009 Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "P.S. I Love You", "Satin Doll")
 2009 Obsessed (writer: "The Christmas Song")
 2009 An Education (performer: "Comin' Home Baby")
 2008 30 Rock (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Christmas Special (2008) ... (writer: "The Christmas Song" - uncredited)
 2008 House M.D. (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Joy to the World (2008) ... (writer: "The Christmas Song", "The Christmas Song" (uncredited))
 2008 Pageant (Documentary) (performer: "The Trolley Song" - as Mel Torme)
 2007 A Christmas Celebration: Live from Dublin (Video) (writer: "The Christmas Song")
 2007 Nip/Tuck (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Damien Sands (2007) ... (performer: "Midnight Swinger")
 2007 Christmas in Rockefeller Center (TV Special) (writer: "The Christmas Song")
 2007 This Christmas (writer: "The Christmas Song")
 2007 A Life in Words and Music (Video short) (performer: "Blue Moon")
 2006 The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (writer: "The Christmas Song")
 2006 Holidays in the City (Video documentary) (writer: "The Christmas Song")
 2005 The O.C. (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Chrismukkah Bar Mitz-vahkkah (2005) ... (writer: "The Christmas Song")
 2005 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (2005) ... (writer: "The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)")
 2005 Pitbullterje (performer: "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas")
 2005 Guess Who (writer: "Floetic" (2002) - as Mel Torme)
 2004 Christmas with the Kranks (writer: "The Christmas Song" (1946))
 2004 2046 (writer: "The Christmas Song")
 2004 Soundstage (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Chris Isaak Christmas (2004) ... (writer: "The Christmas Song")
 2003 Miss Match (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Santa, Baby (2003) ... (writer: "Christmas Song")
 2003 Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star ("The Christmas Song")
 2003/I The In-Laws (performer: "Too Close for Comfort")
 2002 Two Weeks Notice (performer: "Comin' Home Baby" - as Mel Torme)
 2002 Catch Me If You Can (writer: "The Christmas Song")
 2002 Door to Door (TV Movie) (writer: "The Christmas Song" - as Mel Torme)
 2002 Roswell (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Crash (2002) ... (performer: "The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea")
 2002 The Rookie (writer: "The Christmas Song")
 2001 The Anniversary Party (performer: "Comin' Home Baby" - as Mel Torme)
 2000 Bounce (writer: "The Christmas Song")
 1999 End of Days (writer: "The Christmas Song")
 1999 Vuxna människor (performer: "Happy Together")
 1999 The Iron Giant (performer: "Comin' Home Baby")
 1999 Go (writer: "The Christmas Song" (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire))
 1998 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Christmas Amnesia (1998) ... (writer: "Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire" - uncredited)
 1998 Living Out Loud (writer: "Born to Be Blue")
 1998 From the Earth to the Moon (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- We Have Cleared the Tower (1998) ... (writer: "The Christmas Song")
- 1968 (1998) ... (writer: "The Christmas Song")
 1997 Christmas Unwrapped: The History of Christmas (TV Movie documentary) (music: "The Christmas Song")
 1996 101 Dalmatians (writer: "The Christmas Song")
 1996 Jingle All the Way (writer: "The Christmas Song")
 1996 Joe's Apartment (performer: "Joe's Apartment Theme")
 1996 Sliders (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Greatfellas (1996) ... (performer: "I'm Prayin' To Jesus" - uncredited)
 1995 Seinfeld (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Jimmy (1995) ... (performer: "When You're Smiling" - uncredited)
 1994 ER (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Blizzard (1994) ... (lyrics: "The Christmas Song" - uncredited)
 1994 Love Affair (writer: "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)")
 1994 Mystery Science Theater 3000 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Girls Town (1994) ... (writer: "The Christmas Song")
 1994 With Honors (writer: "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)")
 1994 The Ref (writer: "The Christmas Song")
  Night Court (TV Series) (performer - 6 episodes, 1984 - 1991) (writer - 1 episode, 1991)
- Santa on the Lam (1991) ... (writer: "The Christmas Song" - uncredited)
- Hey Harry, F'Crying Out Loud--It Is a Wonderful Life... Sorta (1991) ... (performer: "Pick Yourself Up" - uncredited)
- Melvin and Harold (1990) ... (performer: "You're The Top" - uncredited)
- Passion Plundered (1989) ... (performer: "Isn't It Romantic" - uncredited)
- Leon, We Hardly Knew Ye (1986) ... (performer: "Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues")
 1991 Because It's Christmas: Barry Manilow (Video documentary) (writer: "The Christmas Song")
 1990/I Havana (writer: "The Christmas Song")
 1990 Home Alone (performer: "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" - as Mel Torme)
 1990 Dick Tracy (performer: "Live Alone And Like It" - as Mel Torme)
 1989 Dream a Little Dream (performer: "DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME", "DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME" (duet))
 1989 Babycakes (TV Movie) (writer: "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)")
 1989 The Big Picture (writer: "The Christmas Song" - as Mel Torme)
 1988 Scrooged (writer: "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)")
 1988 Let's Get Lost (Documentary) ("Born to be Blue")
 1987 Designing Women (TV Series) (1 episode)
- I'll Be Home for Christmas (1987) ... ("The Christmas Song")
 1987 A Muppet Family Christmas (TV Movie) (writer: "The Christmas Song")
 1985 The Sure Thing (writer: "The Christmas Song" - as Mel Torme)
 1984 Kenny & Dolly: A Christmas to Remember (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "The Christmas Song")
 1984 Scrooge's Rock 'N' Roll Christmas (TV Movie) (writer: "The Christmas Song")
 1984 Falling in Love (writer: "The Christmas Song" - as Mel Torme)
 1984 Webster (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Burn-Out (1984) ... (performer: "Mountain Greenery")
 1982 Solid Gold (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- A Solid Gold Christmas (1982) ... (writer: "The Christmas Song")
 1979 Jack Frost (TV Movie) (lyrics: "The Christmas Song" - as Mel Torme) / (music: "The Christmas Song" - as Mel Torme)
 1976 McCloud (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- 'Twas the Fight Before Christmas... (1976) ... (writer: "The Christmas Song")
 1968 That's Life (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Happy New Year (1968) ... (performer: "Ridin' High", "Look At That Face", "King of the Road")
 1967 The Lucy Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Main Street U.S.A. (1967) ... ("Main Street U.S.A.") / (performer: "Main Street U.S.A.")
 1966 The Swinger (lyrics: "Once" - uncredited)
 1966 The Andy Williams Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #5.1 (1966) ... (writer: "County Fair" - uncredited)
 1963 The Danny Kaye Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.14 (1963) ... (writer: "The Christmas Song" - uncredited)
 1963 Sunday in New York (performer: "Sunday in New York" - as Mel Torme)
 1961 The Jo Stafford Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Four Seasons (1961) ... (performer: "Hoo-Dee-Hi")
 1960 Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #13.11 (1960) ... (writer: "The Christmas Song" - uncredited)
 1960 Walk Like a Dragon (performer: "Walk Like a Dragon") / (writer: "Walk Like a Dragon")
 1958 The 6.5 Special (writer: "Ev'ry Which Way")
 1957 The Frank Sinatra Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Happy Holidays with Bing and Frank (1957) ... (writer: "The Christmas Song" - uncredited)
 1954 General Electric Theater (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Music for Christmas (1954) ... (writer: "The Christmas Song")
 1948 Words and Music (performer: "Blue Moon")
 1948 So Dear to My Heart (writer: "County Fair')
 1947 Good News (performer: "Be a Ladies' Man", "Lucky in Love", "The Best Things in Life Are Free" - uncredited)
 1947 Magic Town (as Mel Torme, "MAGIC TOWN")
 1945 Let's Go Steady (writer: "Tantza Babele", "Sioux Falls SD", "Baby Boogie")
 1945 Lullaby of Broadway (Short) ("Lullaby of Broadway")
 1944 Pardon My Rhythm (lyrics: "Drummer Boy") / (music: "Drummer Boy")
 1943 Higher and Higher (performer: "It's a Most Important Affair" (1943), "Disgustingly Rich" (1940), "You're On Your Own" (1943), "Minuet in Boogie" (1943), "Minuet in G, Op.14, No.1" (1887))
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Personal Details

Other Works:

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Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | 2 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Himself | Mel Torme and the Meltones | Mel Torme | Mr. Mel Torme | Mr. Mel Tormé | Mel Torne
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

One of the joys of a jazz singer is to try to keep a dimension of constant improvisation in relation to what he sings. But - and it's a big but - only if you never lose sight of the original musical value which the composer put in it. And above all, if you don't sacrifice the most important element of a popular song: the words. See more »

Trivia:

Frustrated by his experiences as the music director of Judy Garland's short-lived CBS variety series, he wrote a vicious tell-all book about his talented but challenging former boss. "The Other Side of the Rainbow: With Judy Garland on the Dawn Patrol" portrayed Garland as hopelessly drug-addicted, unprofessional and a horror to work with. See more »

Trademark:

Scat singing See more »

Nickname:

The Velvet Fog See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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