Mel Tormé (1925-1999)
Melvin Howard Tormé (September 13, 1925 – June 5, 1999), nicknamed "The Velvet Fog", was an American musician, singer, composer, arranger, drummer, actor, and author. He composed the music for "The Christmas Song" ("Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire") and co-wrote the lyrics with Bob Wells.
Melvin Howard Tormé was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Jewish Polish immigrant parents, William David Torme and Betty Torme (née Simkin). He graduated from Hyde Park High School. A child prodigy,... meer