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Book Title: It Wasn't All Velvet: An Autobiography|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 29.70 MB
v The author of the book: Mel Torme
Edition: Robson Books Ltd
Date of issue: March 1st 1989
ISBN 13: 9780860515715
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Read full description of the books It Wasn't All Velvet: An Autobiography:I love the truism that a man can have a good job, a good family and a good car, but he can't have all three. That pretty much sums up Mel Torme, one of the first jazz vocalists I grasped in the 80s. One day back then I saw that he was going to be signing his autobiography at the Kroch's and Brentano's downtown on Wabash. I waited patiently in line and bought his book, said something nice to Mel. He smiled and signed my book and handed it up to me from where he was sitting at a table in the center of the store, towards the back. The book even came with an It Wasn't All Velvet bookmark. I have no idea why, but I've lugged that book around from apartment to apartment to house to house ever since and, finally, read the thing. I had no idea what a precocious genius of an entertainer Mel was. He was a Chicago child star on radio and early television, continued to sing, compose, act his entire life. He tells some good stories. He dated Ava Gardner and Marilyn Monroe, hung with some of the big names, heckled by a drunk John Wayne as he sang. What an honor. It's a little schmaltzy and polite, much as I imagine Mel Torme was. Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra have more fame now, but Torme was right up there with him and was talented in so many ways. He had great cars. A great job. But, as the book tells in painful detail, couldn't get the wife thing right, until the end, apparently. Not sure if it's hard to see how someone so accomplished could be so clueless when it came to love. Maybe that truism is more true than even I think.
Read information about the authorMelvin 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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