Another generous helping of 1940s nostalgia. "The Velvet
Fog" -- how appropriate a nick-name for this amiable and highly popular
jazz-inspired singer. The voice was slightly husky the delivery, mostly,
slow and very relaxed. A noted wit and hilarious ad-libber, he made his debut
at the tender age of four and wrote his first hit tune at the age of 16.
He was a seasoned Hollywood show-singer by the time he was 30, and his career
spanned more than 60 years working with the greats like Tommy Dorsey, Woody
Herman and Glen Miller, with Ellington and with Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah
Mel also appeared in a number of films including: his debut alongside another
newcomer, Frank Sinatra in Higher and Higher (RKO - 1943); Pardon My Rhythm
(1944) and Let's Go Steady (1945); the latter two pictures from Universal.
This 25 song collection features many of numbers that he made unforgettable:
'Try A Little Tenderness'; 'It Happened in Monterey'; 'Ramona'; What is This
Thing Called Love'; 'The Best things in Life Are Free'; and 'Careless Hands'.