Mel “The Velvet Fog” Tormé

This month’s contribution to The Blog of Funny Names.

The Blog of Funny Names

Mel Torme in 1979. Photo courtesy of Alan Light. Mel Torme in 1979. Photo courtesy of Alan Light.

We don’t bandy about much with the words child prodigy, but we will today. Mel Tormé first sang professionally at the age of four. He was born in September of 1925. So about the time the stock market crashes, he’s starting his professional career singing with an orchestra in Chicago. Hmmm.

As a mode of foreshadowing here, Mel attended Chicago’s Shakespeare Elementary School. (Did I mention the word prodigy?) He picked up the drums in elementary school. I should feel bad for his parents and neighbors—but hey this is Mel we’re talking about.

About the time he wrote his first song, he joined the bugle corp. Three years later, his first published song, “Lament to Love,” became a hit recording for Harry James. Yes, thatHarry James . . . Not bad for a 16-year-old.

While still in his teens…

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Writing since she could first hold a pen, Tracy Perkins formed her alter ego, "Fannie Cranium" at the suggestion of her husband. Tracy understands smiling makes people wonder what she’s been up to.
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