• Mel TORME - California Suite - The 1949 Recordings

By the time these tracks were recorded in 1949, Mel Torme was into his third year of his career as a solo artist. There is little that is remarkable in that until you realise the number of careers that he had started and, indeed, was continuing at the time. Little Melvin Torme (the accented final "e" came much later) had a natural aptitude for music and at four years of age he liked nothing better than to listen to the radio from which he learned the popular songs of the day. When his parents took him to the Blackhawk Restaurant in their home town of Chicago, he surprised the other diners by singing along with the resident band - the Coon-Sanders Orchestra. He was invited on stage and, sitting on the drummer's knee, he gave his first public performance. This resulted in a regular Monday night date for a few months where he was paid $15 and dinner for his parents. Once into 'show business' he performed as an amateur until he got a break that gave him steady professional employment as a child actor on radio with no singing involved. He did, however, also join a children's group in which he sang. Meanwhile, to extend his options, he learned to play the drums, the piano and the ukulele. In 1941 he auditioned for Harry James, who offered him a place in his band as vocal arranger, occasional vocalist and speciality drummer.

Track Listing

1. DO-DO-DO
2. CARELESS HANDS
3. STOMPING AT THE SAVOY
4. YOU'RE GETTING TO BE A HABIT WITH ME
5. BLUE MOON
6. AGAIN
7. THE FOUR WINDS AND THE SEVEN SEAS
8. IT'S TOO LATE NOW
9. SONNY BOY
10. OH, YOU BEAUTIFUL DOLL
11. THE OLD MASTER PAINTER w. Peggy Lee
12. I HADN'T ANYONE UNTIL YOU
13. "THE CALIFORNIA SUITE" [Original Version]: MOUNTAIN DESERT THEME
14. THE GOLDEN WEST
15. WE THINK THE WEST COAST IS THE BEST COAST
16. CONEY ISLAND
17. THE MIAMI WALTZ
18. THEY GO TO SAN DIEGO
19. SUNDAY NIGHT IN SAN FERNANDO
20. GOT THE GATE ON THE GOLDEN GATE
21. PRELUDE TO "POOR LITTLE 'EXTRA' GIRL"
22. POOR LITTLE 'EXTRA' GIRL
23. WE THINK THE WEST COAST IS THE BEST COAST & FINALE (MOUNTAIN DESERT THEME)

Other Details
Price Code A
Format CD
Release Date 01/01/2000
UPC Bar Code No 604988036527
USA? Not available in USA

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Mel TORME - California Suite - The 1949 Recordings

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