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Mel Tormé, The Singer-Songwriter

"Born To Be Blue," "A Stranger In Town," "Welcome To The Club" and other songs written and performed by Mel Tormé.

Mel Tormé's 1961 Verve album "My Kind Of Music" featured many of his original tunes, including "Born To Be Blue" and "The Christmas Song."

This week, we conclude our look at a few of jazz’s singer-songwriters by exploring the songs of the Velvet Fog himself, Mel Tormé. Tormé was one of the most gifted singers in the world of jazz and pop, yet he probably earned more money as a songwriter, especially thanks to his perennial hit “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire).” This hour, we’ll hear Mel performing his own songs, like “Born To Be Blue,” “A Stranger In Town,” and “Welcome To The Club.”

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Mark Chilla, originally from Atlanta, GA, is the Production Director at WFIU, where he also hosts Ether Game and Afterglow. He studied music theory at Indiana University and taught various music theory courses at IU and Butler University. He enjoys film, woodworking, learning new instruments and the Beatles.

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